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Poll: Only 31% believe we’re better off than four years ago (Yet, DNC says "Yes we are better off")
Hotair ^ | 09/04/2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 09/04/2012 7:47:24 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

No wonder Democrats tried their best to run away from the Reagan Metric this weekend. Surrogates such as David Axelrod, David Plouffe, and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley tried dodging the inevitable question in every presidential election: are we better off now than we were four years ago? A new poll from The Hill shows why Democrats want to change the subject every time that question gets asked:

A majority of voters believe the country is worse off today than it was four years ago and that President Obama does not deserve reelection, according to a new poll for The Hill.

Fifty-two percent of likely voters say the nation is in “worse condition” now than in September 2008, while 54 percent say Obama does not deserve reelection based solely on his job performance.

Only 31 percent of voters believe the nation is in “better condition,” while 15 percent say it is “about the same,” the poll found. Just 40 percent of voters said Obama deserves reelection.

The poll, conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, has an R+2 likely-voter sample at 34/36/30. That's nearly identical to 2010′s 35/35/30 turnout, and given the enthusiasm deficit seen this year among Democrats, looks like a very defensible model for the general election. The main questions have much more separation than a 2-3 point swing in partisan affiliation would impact, anyway.

These numbers look bad for Obama all the way down the line. On the better off question, most demos offer majorities for "worse," including critical demos like 18-39YOs (33/50 better/worse), those earning between $20K-$40K (25/58), and especially independents (21/60). Even women offer a strong plurality of failure (33/47). Only Democrats (64/20), liberals (62/14), and those making more than $100,000 per year (52/38) think things have improved.

The first question asked in this poll is the re-election query: Based solely on job performance, does President Obama deserve to be re-elected? Obama loses this question — which gets asked before the better off question or anything else — by 14 points. Even a majority of women (40/51) say no, and the exact same percentage occurs with the younger voter demo. Obama loses this by 29 points among independents (32/61). It’s a stunning, broad, and deep rejection of Obama’s first term as President, hardly an “incomplete.” And this is just two months before voters go to the polls to make this very choice.

This demonstrates the danger for Team Obama in running on their record. They cannot allow this election to be about Barack Obama and his agenda. They have to make it about Mitt Romney and how deeply scaaaaaaary Republicans are. That’s why Democrats dodged and weaved when asked the simple question that goes to the heart of voters’ decisions in presidential elections, especially when incumbents ask for a second term. To answer this at all, either positively or negatively, turns the election into a referendum on Obama — a report card, if you will — which will inevitably lead to Obama flunking his final exam.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012polls; economy

1 posted on 09/04/2012 7:47:29 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Man the O camp goes from bad to worse.


2 posted on 09/04/2012 7:48:44 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: SeekAndFind

Standby for the “War on Women” coming up this week.

Haven’t more women than men lost job’s under Mr. Obama’s “leadership?”


3 posted on 09/04/2012 7:51:24 AM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama Can't Count.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Did anyone see the O’Reilly Factor with Laura Ingraham last night? Granted, it was Labor Day so they were scraping the bottom of the barrel for guests, but the Democrat apologists were so bad, it was hilarious. I know a lot of folks don’t watch O’Bloviator but it was a good example of just how desperate they are....


4 posted on 09/04/2012 7:51:46 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: MNJohnnie

Who are these 31%? Probably freeloaders and federal workers.


5 posted on 09/04/2012 7:52:52 AM PDT by henkster (We're the slaves of the phony leaders...)
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To: SeekAndFind

I guess it all depends on who and how “better off” is defined.

I suppose it is better off for the ruling elite for us to be broke and dependent.

If you are asking the typical U.S. citizen, we would be better off without the empty chairs.

Let’s let them go.


6 posted on 09/04/2012 7:54:08 AM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (FDR had the New Deal. President 0bama has the Raw Deal.)
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To: MNJohnnie

In Obama says it, and the newspapers agree—its true! At least we do not have that horrible, warped, deprived, evil genius, stupid, George Bush (he has an accent!)as President! The world loves us and we are at peace! The global warming stopped! No more racism! Jobs for all! Four more years will transform this nation into the true Worker’s Paradise! Goods for all! No more homeless!


7 posted on 09/04/2012 7:55:13 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: henkster

A good percentage are black and the rest are just hardcore leftists.


8 posted on 09/04/2012 7:56:01 AM PDT by snarkytart
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To: SeekAndFind

obama s minions ARE better off

Original Chinese Proverb: Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
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· New Proverb: Give a man a welfare check, a cell phone, cash for his clunker, food stamps, section 8 housing, Medicaid, 100 weeks of unemployment checks, a 40-ounce malt liquor, needles, drugs, contraceptives, designer Air Jordan shoes and you got his vote for a lifetime.


9 posted on 09/04/2012 7:56:23 AM PDT by Einherjar ( Asking only workman's wages I come looking for a job But I get no offers...Just a come-on from the)
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To: Einherjar

+ Social Security Disability


10 posted on 09/04/2012 7:59:57 AM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: SeekAndFind
Gubmint Cheese reaches 46.7 Mil, up 3.3% in just one year, they ARE better off, until it all collapses anyway.
11 posted on 09/04/2012 8:04:00 AM PDT by swamprebel (a Constitution once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I can see why the demoRats think they are better off when they spent so much funny money and got their cut.
12 posted on 09/04/2012 8:05:35 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: henkster

and union bosses and mafia thugs


13 posted on 09/04/2012 8:06:33 AM PDT by drypowder
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To: SeekAndFind

The last resort they have...
If they say the lie often enough and loud enough, like Carville said, it might come true!
They want us all to follow the yellow brick road.


14 posted on 09/04/2012 8:07:21 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: SeekAndFind
The consistent 28-30% who support everything about 0bama is the known percentage of communist sympathizers in our country today . They will show up in every poll ,,,,, FACT !!!
15 posted on 09/04/2012 8:22:02 AM PDT by Lionheartusa1 (-: Socialism is the equal distribution of misery :-)
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To: henkster

Actually as a lumber broker, I am definetly better off today than I was four years ago. 2008 & 2009 were the worst years I have had in the last 20. 2010 and 2011 were up about 50% from 08 & 09. 2012 will be up 25 % or more from 2011.

Frankly, this has nothing to do with what the govt. has done. It is just the cycle in the housing & lumber industry.


16 posted on 09/04/2012 8:29:10 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: SeekAndFind

And so the worm, against the gargantuan efforts by the media to forestall it, turns. God willing, his adminstration and tenue shall rot on the ash heap of history as a terrible error.


17 posted on 09/04/2012 8:37:40 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: snarkytart

Not only are the 31% nutcases, lefties and idiots...but the real joke is Black folks. Of all the citizens of the USA that Obama has done in and thrown under the bus, Black Americans are in horrilbe, deplorable economic, education and opportunity shape. Poor fools are too dumb, or just palin stupid, to realize it and will blindly follow Obama, the NAACP, the CBC, into permanent economic plantation slavery.

What the heck, it’s the Sub Sahara African way. Obama’a Muslim forebears sold African Blacks into slavery by the millions!!! Obama or Idi Amin, what’s the difference. Sad....sad for American Blacks. They are adrift at sea, without leadership and are openly supporting their very own abuse, and...more importantly destroying the lives of their children and future children to come.

Well....you can lead a horse to water, but....you cannot make him drink!!!


18 posted on 09/04/2012 8:39:46 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind; pookie18
ALLHESGOT
19 posted on 09/04/2012 8:45:16 AM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: SeekAndFind

That would be the 31 percent who have been enriched by the public dole. Utopia awaits them, until it doesn’t need them anymore.


20 posted on 09/04/2012 8:49:18 AM PDT by pallis
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To: SeekAndFind

I can’t figure out that if 31% think they’re doing better than 4 years ago, and 60% think the country is going in the wrong direction....why is Obama within 3% (virtual tie) with Romney? Are those who are worse off and think the country is going in the wrong direction going to vote for Obama again?
Are the majority of American voters Morons? Was Rush right?


21 posted on 09/04/2012 9:05:35 AM PDT by sanjuanbob
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To: henkster

Useful idiots!!!


22 posted on 09/04/2012 9:10:06 AM PDT by ontap
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To: Einherjar

“obama s minions ARE better off
Original Chinese Proverb: Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
New Proverb: Give a man a welfare check, a cell phone, cash for his clunker, food stamps, section 8 housing, Medicaid, 100 weeks of unemployment checks, a 40-ounce malt liquor, needles, drugs, contraceptives, designer Air Jordan shoes and you got his vote for a lifetime.”

Thanks for one of the more prescient postings I’ve seen on FR in a while.

Your “new proverb” illustrates why the “old polling questions” — such as “are you better off now?” — and why “employment stats” are losing relevance in trying to put one’s finger on the pulse of the campaign.

It also goes a considerable ways towards explaining why Obama’s “numbers” never seem to drop below the 42% level (perhaps with an exception in “the reddest states”), and in some of the blue states, his approval approaches 60% or higher.

And it illustrates the increasing “divide” between two “emerging Americas”, which bodes ill for the future.

On one side are those who believe in what I’d call (for lack of a better term) the old “Scots-Irish defiance”. This is the philosophy that embraces freedom, family, home, work, independence, and the mistrust of government which is regarded as a “taker” of what the individual creates. Simply stated, these are the “Don’t Tread On Me” folks.

On the OTHER side is a growing cohort of people who harbor beliefs that are diametrically opposed from the above group. These people see government as “the giver”. They view the “Don’t Tread on Me’s” who oppose government largesse and power as a threat to their needs, and label them as intolerant and “racist”, or whatever.

Call this paradigm “the new slavery”, if you will. Only now, it’s government that has become “the new Massa”, and corrupt politicians and their ever expanding cadre of bureaucrats, administrators, and regulators who take on the role of “the new overseers”.

On one side stand those who love freedom and mistrust government. On the other are those who love entitlements and government and its “gifts”, and who don’t seem to care much about “freedom”, so long as they get handouts.

To these people, “employment statistics” no longer count for much, they may do as well or better by NOT working than by being employed.

And for this reason, it makes no sense for them to vote for Republicans, no matter how RINO-ish they may be — because the democratic candidate will ALWAYS offer them “more”.

And as this voting cohort grows demographically, we are seeing America’s second “Great Divide” in progress.

And your “new proverb” has as much to do with that as anything....


23 posted on 09/04/2012 9:11:05 AM PDT by Road Glide
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To: SeekAndFind

Under Obama’s CommieCare will mental exams be offered, for free of course, to those 31% who somehow believe we are better off/

Good grief, these people could not even exist in a parallel universe but may reside in a perpendicular one.


24 posted on 09/04/2012 9:29:34 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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To: Road Glide

It’s the “Ghetto-ification” of our once great Republic.

All hail the new flag of America obama/KFC/Metro PCS/Air Jordans sneakers.


25 posted on 09/04/2012 9:31:16 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
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To: SeekAndFind
Poll: Only 31% believe we’re better off than four years ago (Yet, DNC says "Yes we are better off")

In other words: They promised "change". They delivered "change" that they believe is good for us. Only 31% agree that we like the "change" that Obama is delivering.

This November, we need to tell the Democrats - "Keep the 'change'."

26 posted on 09/04/2012 3:52:11 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind
Poll: Only 31% believe we’re better off than four years ago (Yet, DNC says "Yes we are better off")

Hmmm. The new 'majority' according to Muzzie math?

27 posted on 09/04/2012 3:56:37 PM PDT by truthluva ("Character is doing the right thing even when no one is looking"..J.C. Watts)
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