Skip to comments.Why Obama's Still in the Race Despite the Bad Economy
Posted on 07/13/2012 8:36:02 AM PDT by upchuck
There are plenty of reasons that the economy is the most important issue of Election 2012.
Unemployment has remained high for a long time, and even 27 percent of those who have a job are worried about losing it. Only half of homeowners now believe their home is worth more than what they still owe on it. Just 16 percent believe that today's children will be better off than their parents.
These numbers present a real challenge for President Obama. Americans today rate their own financial health just about the same as they did on the day he was inaugurated, but not nearly as well as they did in the fall of 2008. Only 30 percent believe the country is better off than it was four years ago.
The president does benefit from a belief that he inherited a bad economy and that the recession was created by the Bush administration. But most voters also believe that his policies have hurt more than they've helped. Overall, by a 50 percent to 42 percent margin, voters trust Mitt Romney more than the president when it comes to managing the economy.
Still, the president remains very competitive in his bid for re-election. This may be partly due to the fact that there has been some very modest economic growth over the past couple of years. It also may be because Americans aren't feeling all that good about either candidate. If the president is re-elected, just 32 percent of voters nationwide believe the economy will get better, while 37 percent believe it will get worse. If Romney wins in November, 36 percent expect the economy to improve, but 35 percent believe the opposite.
So Romney has a slight edge, but the emphasis is on the word slight. And among the key block of unaffiliated voters who will decide the election, just one in four expects either man to make things better.
Part of the skepticism comes from the fact that 66 percent of voters believe that the best thing the government could do to help the economy is to cut spending. But most voters don't believe spending will be cut no matter who wins in November. Additionally, voters overwhelmingly trust their own economic judgment more than they either Romney's or Obama's.
Yet there is a larger issue at work here. Politicians and their cheerleaders in the political class assume that the role of government is to manage the economy. Most voters don't. In fact, most think it's more important for the government to protect individual rights than to promote economic growth.
That leaves the business of job creation and economic growth to the private sector, a perspective that makes sense to most Americans. Sixty percent believe job growth will come from business leaders who are focused narrowly on trying to help their own businesses grow. Just 24 percent think decisions made by government officials focused on public policy will create more jobs.
A politician promising to fix the economy has about as much credibility as a plumber promising to fix your electrical problems. Most voters recognize the importance of government in providing a healthy business environment, but they believe it's the private sector that creates economic growth. They're hoping to find a president who understands that, as well.
Occum's razor applies here. The answer to the captioned question is simply because of the corrupt MSM. If the corrupt MSM treated Obama the way they handled George Bush, Obama would be sitting at 20%, which is roughly the minority population plus some.
The Baraqqis continue to push dependency as the depression grinds on.
99ers, EBT, disability.
We approach the tipping point.
This is why I don’t thing the horrific economy is as toxic to Obama as it has been in previous elections.
A daring strategy - I pray it won’t work.
Yet, American voters can't break their attachment to Obama. Simply, effing amazing.
and now that the war in Afghanistan is Obama’s war we don't hear a thing about it. nutt’n -— nada.
As soon as my Direct TV contract is up ( 2 months), I'm getting rid of it and going back to basic reception television.. I'll have no options for news so I will watch a heck of a lot less television, move back to books and straight news and commentary on the internet, meaning I'll be watching a heck of a lot less television. That will result in a lot less aggravation. Sort of like not buying junk food, and therefore not having it in the house and not having that option.
The choices at hand is control by the Marxists or control by global corporatism. Heads they win, tails we lose.
Obama is still in the running because populism (freebies) or class warfare gives the illusion of government for the people. The tipping point has already been passed.
Part of the skepticism comes from the fact that 66 percent of voters believe that the best thing the government could do to help the economy is to cut spending.
If that were true we wouldn't have a problem and Romney would win at least 66-34.
...most think it's more important for the government to protect individual rights than to promote economic growth.
Oh, how I wish it were true.
Most voters recognize the importance of government in providing a healthy business environment, but they believe it's the private sector that creates economic growth. They're hoping to find a president who understands that, as well.
No, they're not. If they were, Romney would be ahead 70-30. In addition to the MSM, we have waaaaaay to many voters who walk around with pants so big they require one hand to hold them up or snug their belts below their butts. These are all Obama voters. They're not interested in a "healthy business environment". They're interested in a handout and they think Obama will provide one, or continue to provide one.
This morning on Chicago WLS AM radio one of Obama’s voters states she doesn’t care if Obama murders someone she will vote for him no matter what.
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Caller Judy and caller Darnell have contrasting views on President Obama and the election.
And since the end of the primaries, Obama has been outspending Romney 3 to 1 on political ads. Spending this early is a sign of desperation on Obama’s part. His internal polling must be terrible. He is running just to standstill.
He looks like he’s doin’ a little Joe Cocker “lie, with a little help from my friends”.
The problem though is that Mittens has no credibility. He was the worst person, and the most dishonest type of person, to run against Obama. It’s made an easy race into a hard one.
It is Romney’s job to convince the voters he is the better candidate. Tough to do when you can’t articulate a vision or demonstrate your values and beliefs are in alignment with the voters you seek.
What is Romney’s message? What are his core beliefs?
I watched the entirety of his NAACP speech. It was like watching paint dry. I tried reading through his “plan” on his website via my kindle app. It was like reading about paint drying. I gave up around 20 to 30 percent in, before he even got into any specifics about his actual “plan.” Mittens has all the charisma and leadership qualities of a decaying corpse.
Jobs aren’t what his constituency want.