GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been singularly focused on his message of being qualified to create jobs for American workers.
However, research finds that the Romney campaign is failing to make inroads amongst those who would benefit most from job creation programs.
Unemployed workers represent just 14% of Romney supporters, compared to 33% of Obama supporters.
Obama continues to see surging support amongst many of the constituencies that have been hardest-hit by high unemployment levels, particularly black Americans and Latino Americans.
Despite a dismal labor market, which saw a net increase of only 103,000 private-sector jobs for August, the president has been widening his lead over Mitt Romney in recent days. This raises the possibility that other factors are trumping high unemployment.
One of the ironies of the 2012 presidential campaign is that the incumbent president has benefited from strong support among many of the constituencies that have been hardest-hit by high unemployment levels, particularly black Americans and Latino Americans. This has left the Romney campaign in the position of having to win over voters who've fared relatively well since 2008.
A recent survey of 18-to-29-year-old voters sponsored by the Youth Engagement Fund found that while only 14% of Romney voters were unemployed, almost a third of Obama voters were unemployed. Undecided voters fell somewhere in between, with 25% of them unemployed.