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A Shocker Poll

Tuesday, June 7, 2011  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The new ABC/Washington Post Poll puts Romney ahead of Obama in a head-to-head match up. So much for the bin laden bounce.

The key graphs:

By 2 to 1, Americans say the country is pretty seriously on the wrong track, and nine in 10 continue to rate the economy in negative terms. Nearly six in 10 say the economy has not started to recover, regardless of what official statistics may say, and most of those who say it has improved rate the recovery as weak.

New Post-ABC numbers show Obama leading five of six potential Republican presidential rivals tested in the poll. But he is in a dead heat with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who formally announced his 2012 candidacy last week, making jobs and the economy the central issues in his campaign.

Romney is actually ahead in the poll 49% to 46%, though within the margin of error. Robert Costa at posts this summary question and provides analysis:

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