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Mr. Obama may still hope he can blame all of his woes on the previous administration, but nearly two-thirds of the poll’s respondents blame the feeble economy on his policies.

The Obama campaign is spending tens of millions of dollars on TV ads bashing Mr. Romney’s years at Bain, but 60 percent of Americans told CBS-New York Times pollsters the issues the ads raise didn’t matter to them. In this election, the economy and jobs trump Mr. Obama’s attack ads.

Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and former chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.