Via The Hill:
Mitt Romney holds a narrow lead over Barack Obama in the latest national poll, with the Republican challenger edging the incumbent president 47-46 percent.
And nearly two in three voters – 64 percent – say his policies have contributed at least partially to the economic downturn, according to a survey released Wednesday by CBS News and the New York Times. That’s evidence that Republican attacks on the president’s record are likely resonating, and represent a double-digit increase from a similar question asked by Gallup last month.
In general, Romney seemed to be buoyed by American’s increasing pessimism about the economy. Less than a quarter of those surveyed said the economy was improving — 24 percent — down from a third of Americans in April. Meanwhile, three in 10 Americans say the economy is getting worse, and fewer than four in 10 approve of President Obama’s handling on the economy.
Perhaps most concerning for the president, the presumptive Republican nominee now holds a 49-41 percent advantage among voters asked who would best handle the economy.