Independent voters trust Mitt Romney over Barack Obama by 10 points on the question of which candidate they would trust to "set and manage" their wallet. A new poll by the Tarrance Group for Public Notice, a conservative non-profit, shows 46 percent of independents prefer Romney, while 36 percent prefer Obama, on this question.
Of the 1,000 likely voters polled, 47 percent overall prefer Romney while 46 percent prefer Obama on who could better manage their personal budgets, which tracks similarly to the support both candidate receive in national polls. But among important swing voting groups, in addition to independents, Romney performs better on the personal budget question. Middle class families prefer Romney to Obama 54 percent to 39 percent, while married women prefer Romney to Obama 52 percent to 42 percent.
The Tarrance Group's poll report shows voters see a connection between the national debt and their own personal finances.
"Voters across the country report experiencing an impact from the level of the federal debt," the report explains. "A majority (56%) say the level of federal debt has had a major impact on their family’s personal financial situation, while another 32% also say it has a minor impact. Just 9% of voters say the debt has had no impact at all on their personal financial situation."