World 6 October 2011 New poll spells trouble for Obama More Americans trust Mitt Romney on the economy than they do the President, if a new poll is to be b Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML A new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University in Connecticut suggests that for the first time US voters believe Mitt Romney, the Governor of Massachusetts and prospective Republican presidential nominee, would do a better job on the economy than Barack Obama. Confirming a trend recorded by two earlier polls -- one for CBS and the New York Times, the other for the Washington Post and ABC -- the survey also shows that more than half of all respondents disapprove of the President's handling of the economic recovery so far. With growth flat-lining and the national unemployment rate remaining stubbornly above 9 per cent, these figures will be very worrying for the Democrats. The economy is set to be the defining issue of next year's presidential election and Obama's hopes of returning to the White House rest largely on how effective he is in persuading a sceptical electorate that he has a plan to get people back into work. Romney, of course, will be delighted with the poll results, not least because his campaign is built around his experience in, and knowledge of, the private sector. But before they start preparing for a move back into the Oval Office, the Republicans should bear in mind that 51 per cent of the American public still holds George W. Bush's administration responsible for the mess the US economy is in. Romney will be vulnerable if Obama successfully casts him as a natural successor to the last president. › Web Only: the best of the blogs James Maxwell is a Scottish political journalist. He is based between Scotland and London. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Millennial Man: How Emmanuel Macron is charming France's globalised youth The rise of anti-Semitism in Donald Trump's America What does François Bayrou's endorsement of Emmanuel Macron mean for the French presidential race?