Economy And The Election: What Early Polls Show About Obama's Chances [Infographic]

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Though President Obama faces challenges on many fronts, it's likely the economy that will determine whether he's reelected.

Jobs -- or the lack of them -- are expected to be center stage in this fall's election showdown between the president and the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney.

So which candidate do Americans feel has a better grasp on economic issues? It depends on which poll you believe.

A Gallup poll released Friday showed that half of Americans have a great deal or a fair amount of confidence in President Obama to do or to recommend the right thing for the economy, while 42 percent said the same about Romney.

But a new survey, released today, shows that more than third of adults polled (39 percent) said they feel a change in presidential leadership would benefit job creation, while 15 percent said a Romney presidency would negatively affect jobs.

The poll, conducted by Ipsos Media on behalf of career-website Glassdoor, also showed that 32 percent of Americans feel a change in the occupant of the White House would have no impact on job creation, while 14 percent were unsure.

Yet another poll, released Friday, showed Obama leading Romney among voters whose priorities were less related to the economy, such as health care, education, the environment and birth control.

For a more artful look at the 2012 election and voters' concerns about the economy, check out the infographic below from Glassdoor.

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David Schepp

Staff Writer

David Schepp has spent more than a dozen years covering business news for the electronic and print media, including Dow Jones Newswires, BBC News, Gannett Co., and most recently at AOL's DailyFinance. Nearly 10 years ago, he started writing a weekly People@Work column, looking in depth at issues facing workers in today's workplace. The syndicated column appeared in newspapers and websites nationwide before it made its debut on DailyFinance in 2010. Schepp now continues that tradition at Aol Jobs, covering the jobs beat and providing readers insight and analysis into the nation's challenging employment scene.

Schepp holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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