Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign is pointing to a new national poll that suggests the attacks by President Barack Obama's campaign on the GOP challenger's business record are not working.
According to a USA Today/Gallup national survey released Monday, 63% of Americans say Romney's business background, including his years at Bain Capital, the private equity firm he co-founded, would cause him to make good decisions in handling the nation's economy over the next four years, with 29% saying his background would cause him to make bad decisions.
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For more than two months, the Obama campaign has fired away at Romney's business record, highlighting reports that Romney remained CEO of Bain Capital after January 1999, when he has repeatedly said he left to head the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. At the heart of the debate are companies that were acquired by Bain after 1999, which in some cases resulted in jobs being outsourced to countries with lower labor costs. The Obama campaign and a pro-Obama super PAC have hammered Romney in ads for months, labeling him an outsourcer.
The Romney campaign has responded by touting a nonpartisan fact-check by FactCheck.Org have poked holes in the "outsourcer" claims, and recently launched a new offensive accusing the president of outsourcing jobs through his administration's trade policies and loan guarantee program.
A CBS News/New York Times poll released last week indicate that six in ten said Romney's tenure at Bain Capital would not matter to their vote, with 23% saying it would make them less likely to vote for Romney and 14% saying it would make them more likely to vote for the presumptive GOP nominee. The Obama campaign points to polling in some of the battleground states where the spots are running that indicate that Romney's unfavorable rating has edged up.
According to the USA Today/Gallup poll, 54% say Romney has the personality and leadership qualities a president should have, edging up a point from February. Fifty-seven percent say Obama has the personality and leadership qualities needed in a president.
While both campaigns and the independent groups supporting the two candidates have launched a record setting amount of negative ads, the survey indicates that a majority of the public says neither candidate has been attacked unfairly.
According to the poll, Romney has the edge when it comes to being able to "get things done," while the president has a two-to-one advantage over Romney on likeability, and has a double digit lead on the former Massachusetts governor on understanding the problems Americans face on a daily basis.
The USA Today/Gallup poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday, with 1,030 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.
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