Obama Beats Mitt Romney in Latest Poll

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Friday's surprisingly good jobs report is not only excellent news for the country, it has also bolstered President Obama's bid for a second term -- he tops Mitt Romney in the latest presidential poll.

The ABC News/The Washington Post poll shows Obama outdistancing the likely (according to the media, anyway) GOP candidate 51% to 45%, with the president's approval rating going up thanks to the unexpected dip in unemployment to 8.3%. More Americans now trust him handle the economic recovery.

Romney is running on the theory that a successful businessman such as himself should be in charge of the nation in these difficult economic times. But as the economy continues to grow, his rationale for being president fades.

The poll also had Obama easily beating Newt Gingrich in a theoretical matchup, 54% to 43%.