The Washington Times - October 1, 2012, 08:47AM

More than half of Americans think the middle class would benefit more from a second term for President Obama than the election of Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to a poll released Monday.

The Gallup poll shows that 53 percent of Americans give Mr. Obama an edge in helping middle-class people, compared with just 43 percent for Mr. Romney. Respondents in the poll also said another Obama term would be better for racial and ethnic minorities, lower-income Americans, women, young adults and senior citizens, while a victory for Mr. Romney would be better for men, investors and upper-income Americans.

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The poll was split on how small-business owners would be affected by the presidential race, with each candidate getting support from 47 percent of respondents.

The poll was split largely along party lines, as Democrats gave Mr. Obama an overwhelming edge in most categories but said Mr. Romney would be better for upper-income Americans and were split on how the presidential race would affect investors.

Republicans gave Mr. Romney the edge in every category.

Independent respondents said Mr. Obama would be better for minorities, lower- and middle-class Americans, women, young adults and seniors, but they were relatively split on small-business owners and said Mr. Romney would be better for men, investors and upper-income Americans.