Tue Sep 25, 2012, 10:30 PM
trailmonkee (2,605 posts)
Bloomberg poll: Obama 49, Romney 43
The president continues to hover around the 50-percent mark, as increased voter optimism fails to fully allay concern about the economy, according to Bloomberg's latest polling:
Half of Americans hold an unfavorable view of Romney -- a September high for a presidential challenger in the last three decades -- and 49 percent of likely voters consider the former Massachusetts governor out-of-touch compared with 40 percent who say that of Obama in the latest Bloomberg National Poll conducted Sept. 21-24.
Still, Obama heads into the closing stretch of the race with a majority of Americans -- 53 percent -- disapproving of his handling of the economy, and Romney holding a slim edge as the candidate likely voters rate best able to create jobs. The president does have one clear advantage -- his economic plan is breaking through with more Americans, who give him a 48 percent to 39 percent advantage over Romney on having a vision for a successful future.
In the head-to-head contest, Obama leads Romney among likely voters, 49 percent to 43 percent, even as 60 percent of Americans say the nation is headed off on the wrong track as the president completes his first term.
One of the fundamental assumptions of Romney's campaign, all along, has been that voters who feel this negatively about the president's economic performance and the overall direction of the country can't possibly vote to reelect Obama. Either that gravitational force will produce a real change in Obama's numbers as Election Day approaches, or it'll be fair to ask whether that assumption was flawed from the outset.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/09/bloomberg-poll-obama-romney-136680.html?hp=l3_b1
complete results: http://media.bloomberg.com/bb/avfile/rhMzOK9Gexhs
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Bloomberg poll: Obama 49, Romney 43 (Original post)
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Tue Sep 25, 2012, 11:13 PM
kurt_cagle (493 posts)
1. GOP Obstructionist Policies
It could be something simpler. I think most voters are rightly placing the blame for policies not working on the GOP. Most people even as little as a year ago were relatively ignorant of the obstruction that the GOP has made a mission of from their takeover in 2010, but as more information comes out about that, more people are realizing that Obama's programs failed because he couldn't get them enacted in the first place. Even given Romney's slide, more visibility into what actually happened is translating into anger at the Republicans for not at least letting the programs work in the first place.
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Tue Sep 25, 2012, 11:48 PM
BlueStreak (7,576 posts)
2. Absolutely. It is a monumental miscalculation
I think the country is on the wrong track. We shouldn't be waging wars for corporate interests. We shouldn't be fighting about civil rights in 2012. We shouldn't be re-litigating abortion and even contraception battles from 50 years ago. We should be investing in our own economy and infrastructure rather than rewarding companies that destroy jobs and send them offshore. The most fortunate individuals and the biggest companies should be paying their fair share of the costs to maintain the system alive that has been so kind to them.
None of these are things that Obama caused. And in most cases, he is fighting on the right side. Most Americans understand that.