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Washington Post/ABC News poll: The good news for Obama

The Fix's Sean Sullivan wrote a few moments ago about what's good for Mitt Romney in the latest Washington Post/ABC News tracking poll.

Below, we look at a few reasons the poll (full results here) is good news for Obama.

1. Obama is still winning on his signature issues

The Obama campaign has been focused like a laser on taxes, Medicare and women's issues, and they're winning on all three issues by double digits. The president leads by 11 points on handling of taxes, 12 points on Medicare and 13 points on "addressing women's issues." Even as Romney has made up ground on foreign policy and continues to run strong on the economy, Obama has made the three issues above his own.

2. He wins on the middle class

Romney continues to be seen as the candidate of the wealthy and not the middle class. Two-thirds of voters say Obama favors the middle class over the wealthy, while a majority (54 percent) says Romney favors the wealthy over the middle class. Just one-third of voters say Romney favors the middle class over the wealthy. Not good. And asked which man better understands the economic problems faced by Americans, Obama leads 51 percent to 44 percent.

3. Obama won the second debate

Confirming earlier instant polls, the Post/ABC poll shows 48 percent of people think Obama won the second debate, while 29 percent think Romney won. So going into tonight's debate, it's clear that each man has one win under his belt. (Romney's win, we should note, was much bigger than Obama's, according to the polls).

4. Economic optimism is back

It's pretty clear that, whatever the economic indicators, people are starting to believe that the economy is turning a corner. Maybe the most important number in the poll is the number of people who think the economy is recovering. The poll shows about as many voters think the economy is recovering (37 percent) as say it is deteriorating (36 percent). This measure hasn't been that good for the incumbent president in a long time.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



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