50 percent would vote for Obama
46 percent would vote for Romney
Of those struggling to remain middle class:
35 percent support Obama
58 percent support Romney
51 percent cite gas prices as a serious hardship
64 percent don't see the economy in their area improving
49 percent say jobs are difficult to find
More than 75 percent disapprove of Obama's handling of the economy
53 percent say that's a major reason to oppose him in November
Of those who describe themselves as "comfortable" or "moving up" beyond it:
59 percent support Obama
39 percent support Romney
17 percent see gas prices as a serious problem
37 percent say the economy isn't improving in their area
23 percent say jobs are very difficult to find.
40 percent disapprove of Obama's handling of the economy
57 percent trust Obama to protect the middle class
WHERE THEY'LL BE WEDNESDAY:
— Gingrich: Delaware
— Paul: Texas
— Romney: Connecticut, Rhode Island
IN THEIR WORDS:
— "And we made a decision over the weekend that while this presidential race for us is over, for me, and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting." — Rick Santorum.
— "Rick has waged a remarkable campaign. His success is a testament to his tenacity and the power of conservative principles." — Newt Gingrich, on Santorum dropping out.
— "Congratulations to Sen. Santorum on running such a spirited campaign. Dr. Paul is now the last - and real - conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. We plan to continue running hard, secure delegates, and press the fight for limited, constitutional government in Tampa." — Ron Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton, on Santorum leaving campaign.
— "It's no surprise that Mitt Romney finally was able to grind down his opponents under an avalanche of negative ads. But neither he nor his special interest allies will be able to buy the presidency with their negative attacks." — Jim Messina, President Barack Obama's campaign manager, on developments in the GOP campaign.
— "I wish they weren't called the Bush tax cuts. If they're called some other body's tax cuts, they're probably less likely to be raised." — Former President George W. Bush on the tax cuts he enacted in 2001 and 2003 that Democrats want to see expire and Republicans want to keep in place.
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