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And They Wonder Why Voters Are Angry
Rasmussen ^ | April 6, 2012 | scott rasmussen

Posted on 04/06/2012 2:06:49 PM PDT by upchuck

As Mitt Romney assumes the role of presumptive Republican nominee, polls suggest a competitive general election matchup between the former Massachusetts governor and President Obama. Typically, both candidates poll in the mid-40s, while 10 to 12 percent remain uncommitted to either side.

Among these uncommitted voters, Rasmussen Reports polling shows that just 22 percent approve of the way the president is handling his job. Seventy-two percent (72 percent) disapprove. As for intensity, just 2 percent strongly approve, and 40 percent strongly disapprove.

At first glance, this seems like good news for Romney. These uncommitted voters will be difficult for the president to win over. But it raises another question: If these uncommitted voters are so unhappy with the president, why aren't they already Romney supporters?

The data suggest that voters are less than thrilled with the choices they'll have in November. The lack of enthusiasm for Romney among GOP voters has been well documented. Among Democrats, enthusiasm for their candidate is noticeably down, as well. Among young voters, for example, just 20 percent strongly approve of the job the president is doing.

Most young voters, of course, will still end up voting for the president just as most disgruntled Republicans will end up voting for Romney. But neither candidate connects well with white working-class voters. Romney has struggled to win over these voters in his primary contests, and Obama lost them to Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primaries. For many, Election 2012 is shaping up to be another choice between the lesser of two evils.

One reason can be found in the issue that stirred more political passion than any other over the past four years. The bailouts remain the most hated pieces of legislation in recent American history. They spurred both the tea party and the Occupy movements and convinced millions that a corrupt relationship exists between big government and big business. But both Romney and Obama are supporters of the bailouts. Given the public mood, it is almost beyond comprehension that neither party could come up with a presidential candidate opposed to the bailouts.

Looking ahead, most voters hear a lot of rhetoric about deficit reduction but don't believe either party has proposed a serious plan to stop ever-increasing government spending. Most don't even believe that the budget cuts agreed to during the debt ceiling debacle will ever be implemented. Politicians have spent years trying to blame voters for this problem, but my book "The People's Money" shows that voters are far more willing than their politicians to make the hard choices.

The disconnect can be found on other major issues, as well. On national security matters, GOP Congressman Paul Ryan's budget calls for cutting everything but defense spending, a position shared by just a third of voters. The president wants to trim the military budget but expand U.S. intervention into a growing list of countries. But 75 percent reject that approach and believe U.S. troops should be deployed abroad only when vital national security interests are at stake. Half of the nation's voters are even ready to follow President Eisenhower's advice and bring home U.S. troops from Western Europe and Japan.

There are certainly differences between Obama and Romney. People will find plenty of valid reasons to select one over the other. But if the winner of Election 2012 governs as he campaigns, the disconnect will continue, and voters will grow even angrier.


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Angrier and angrier and...
1 posted on 04/06/2012 2:06:55 PM PDT by upchuck
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To: upchuck

Uncommitted voters I want it all my way or Obama gets the vote.
Some people just flat out love misery.


2 posted on 04/06/2012 2:11:06 PM PDT by Vaduz
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To: upchuck

I am voting for ‘None of the Above’


3 posted on 04/06/2012 2:12:52 PM PDT by dila813
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To: upchuck
Historically, undecideds in Presidential elections pretty much go to the challenger, not the incumbent.
4 posted on 04/06/2012 2:13:02 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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To: upchuck
Half of the nation's voters are even ready to follow President Eisenhower's advice and bring home U.S. troops from Western Europe and Japan.

Odd then that Ron Paul polls so poorly, especially on foreign policy.

5 posted on 04/06/2012 2:13:39 PM PDT by trek
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To: upchuck; Vaduz

George Soros has said that there is no difference between BHO2 and Romney.

One is a communist (Marxist-Leninist) and the other a fascist (national socialist). Both believe government is God and neither has any respect for the U.S.Constitution.

Neither gives a damn about the rights of individuals. The common man, or woman, on the street is just a “unit” to be taxed or obliterated, it matters not to them.

The last thing that either man wants is for conservatives with Bibles and guns asserting their God-given rights and demanding that Washington, D.C., changes how it does business.


6 posted on 04/06/2012 2:15:24 PM PDT by SatinDoll (No Foreign Nationals as our President!)
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To: dila813

A vote for ‘None of the Above’ means you’re voting for Obama!


7 posted on 04/06/2012 2:17:12 PM PDT by Internet Walnut
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To: upchuck

Vote Libertarian. I am.


8 posted on 04/06/2012 2:20:23 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: SatinDoll

Exactly. Not sure exactly what is going on; but is bad for us.


9 posted on 04/06/2012 2:24:14 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: upchuck
Given the public mood, it is almost beyond comprehension that neither party could come up with a presidential candidate opposed to the bailouts.

This whole election has been beyond comprehension. Maybe when the GOP loses again, as surely Romney will, we'll get a new party out of it.

10 posted on 04/06/2012 2:24:44 PM PDT by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: SatinDoll

Well put SD and right on!!


11 posted on 04/06/2012 2:24:53 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: trek

Voters are smarter than you give think.

Whether he knew or did not know about the bigotted and racist content of newsletters with his name on them, the fact they exist indicates two things: Ron Paul was grossly negligent to allow his name to used on newsletters he claims to have neither reviewed nor read, or he is flat out lying. These are not qualities anyone wants in a President.

“The buck stops here”, was a placard Pres. Harry S. Truman prominently displayed on his White House desk. This is called integrity, and the incompetence of Ron Paul is so blatant, anyone with common sense wouldn’t vote for him.


12 posted on 04/06/2012 2:27:37 PM PDT by SatinDoll (No Foreign Nationals as our President!)
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To: upchuck

Willard is more like the presumptuous Republican candidate.
Looks like four more years of BO and don’t blame the voters..blame the establishment,Coulter,Fudge,Ingraham and a host of other talkshow Rombots who pushed this lib loser like he was the next Reagan. When in fact he is closer to Ted Kennedy or even Barack Obama (minus the dyed in the wool radical marxism)
Phooey!


13 posted on 04/06/2012 2:28:16 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the Statist)
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To: saganite

Who’s the candidate?


14 posted on 04/06/2012 2:29:15 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: madprof98
Maybe when the GOP loses again, as surely Romney will, we'll get a new party out of it.

Nope, the Crypts will just blame the true conservatives for staying home and the Bloods will point fingers at the Crypts for abusing power and cheating, just like in the past.

15 posted on 04/06/2012 2:29:38 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: upchuck

Obama v Romney: More of the Same vs Less of the Same...

Wonderful Choice! The GOP’s ability to find the one candidate who could actually lose to Obama simply beggars belief!


16 posted on 04/06/2012 2:32:08 PM PDT by antidisestablishment (Our people perish through lack of wisdom, but they are content in their ignorance.)
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To: goseminoles

The convention is in May. I’m hoping the nominee is Gary Johnson but I will vote for whoever gets the nomination.


17 posted on 04/06/2012 2:39:36 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: upchuck

Since Pubbies want the white Obama so bad to be the nominee let’s just keep the original in office. I’m actually curious to see how thugly Obama gets with those who disagree with him in his second term.


18 posted on 04/06/2012 2:39:55 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Internet Walnut
A vote for ‘None of the Above’ means you’re voting for Obama!

Wrong, FRiend. A vote for ABOOR means you're voting such that whichever socialist wins, Obama or Romney, wins by the smallest plurality possible. Either one who gets in office with say, a 40 percent pluralty, 55 or 60 percent of actual voters opposed by splitting to others, is weakened politically. Whichever socialist gets the office needs to be as weak as possible for there to be any hope in fighting liberalism, which is the real enemy.

19 posted on 04/06/2012 2:40:33 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent (By the way, Ted, voting for Romney is voting stupid.))
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To: upchuck

If the RNC thinks they can take my vote for granted, then screw them. I am staying home this year.

I have lost all faith in the American political process. The fascists have won. It’s all over now except for the shooting.


20 posted on 04/06/2012 2:45:50 PM PDT by RepRivFarm ("During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." -George Orwell)
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To: Vaduz

Ya just knew the Republicans would eventually support another liberal.

The leftist throw gasoline on American freedom and way of life. Republicans just throw in hot coals.

The brutal hard reality is, they’re all riding in the same government limo and do what their told by the super wealthy/powerful new order, globalist.


21 posted on 04/06/2012 2:47:09 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Internet Walnut

Better plan on a lot of conservatives fleeing the plantation and “voting for Obama” then, because Mitt is gonna get beat like an unfaithful muslim wife.

Its a simple fact.


22 posted on 04/06/2012 2:47:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: upchuck
only the gop could find a way to make a race against possibly the worst president in history competitive.
23 posted on 04/06/2012 2:48:09 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: SatinDoll

George Soros has said that there is no difference between BHO2 and Romney.

So your going to vote for Obama?.


24 posted on 04/06/2012 2:52:11 PM PDT by Vaduz
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To: SatinDoll
Whether he knew or did not know about the bigotted and racist content of newsletters with his name on them, the fact they exist indicates two things: Ron Paul was grossly negligent to allow his name to used on newsletters he claims to have neither reviewed nor read, or he is flat out lying. These are not qualities anyone wants in a President.

It also illustrates something about the media IMHO. Why during the early part of the campaign when we had 6 candidates and whoever rose to the top was knocked down, did the media hold back this story? I heard about it on the Internet and that was it, but nothing from the MSM. My theory is that the media had something on each candidate or most of them, sort of a kryptonite story that would destroy them. Once they rose to the top of the heap, either the candidate implodes as Perry did , or if not the media releases their stink bomb. Cain got big, and for a time looked like he would go all the way. I still say he would have neutralized Husein's most potent weapon, the race card (which he's playing in the Martin case) , and focused the election where it belongs, the economy. Notice how the initial accusations were "anonymous sources", no verification needed, and they knocked Cain out.

This is where the speculation comes in. In the event Paul rose in the polls, with his "audit the fed" and "fiscal austerity" , the MSM would release this little stink bomb in October and Hussein would walk into a second term. Since Paul went nowhere there's no need to play up this story. Might as well save it in case it's ever needed.

If I'm right it would mean they have an October surprise waiting for Mittens. I'm no Romney fan but he's light years above B.H.0. so I'll take him. </tinfoil hat>

25 posted on 04/06/2012 2:52:48 PM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: upchuck

Writing in Palin. Mittens can KMA.


26 posted on 04/06/2012 2:57:50 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: Vaduz
No, I'm planning on leaving the country and may not be here to vote. Obama is the reason, so it is crazy and insulting to imply I'm voting for him.

I live in the State of Washington, and the Democrats in charge eliminated the Republican primary. Instead, we had to caucus, which of course was manipulated in favor of Romney by the State Republican Party apparatchiks.

There really isn't much difference between a communist and a fascist. Just watch how Romney operates among Republicans, how he treats them with disdain, and you'll see what I mean.

27 posted on 04/06/2012 3:02:03 PM PDT by SatinDoll (No Foreign Nationals as our President!)
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To: Vaduz

Why is it that the pubs couldn’t field a conservative candidate? I keep forgetting...


28 posted on 04/06/2012 3:06:22 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: upchuck

Say what you want but Mittens won a majority of Tea Party voters in Wisconsin. Just saying.


29 posted on 04/06/2012 3:08:14 PM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: Internet Walnut

No it doesn’t, the conservatives are like black democrats, always used and abused by their political masters and in the end they still vote for them.

Go sell that slop to someone who will buy it.


30 posted on 04/06/2012 3:18:36 PM PDT by dila813
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To: upchuck
STOP LAMENTING!
SUPPORT THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE!
(To do otherwise is INSANITY!)
31 posted on 04/06/2012 3:24:50 PM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: RepRivFarm

Do not stay home. All of us must vote. We need to take back the Senate just to prevent more expensive, intrusive laws and restrictions. It is critical that we take the Senate and strengthen the House. We need to get the deficit under control and cut expenditures. We can’t do that if people like you stay home. Vote for Mickey Mouse for POTUS if you must, but help take back the Senate.


32 posted on 04/06/2012 3:26:00 PM PDT by stilloftyhenight
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To: APatientMan

Because the media selects the Republican candidates.


33 posted on 04/06/2012 3:26:14 PM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

I’m not voting for them either.

Spit.


34 posted on 04/06/2012 3:30:13 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: upchuck

As corrupt and incompetent as the GOP-e, D.C., the media and damn near every politician has become, I don’t think any of this matters much anymore.

We conservatives are a proud and hard lot and we are right to be so, but we are about as fragmented as the rest of the country.

Ronald Reagan warned us that we could lose our freedom very quickly:

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Are you ready to look into your children’s and grandchildren’s eyes and tell them how it once was........ and how it could have been”. If only....


35 posted on 04/06/2012 3:30:35 PM PDT by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: dila813

Before the 08 campaign, during the primary, I went to a romney rally.

He was shaking hands. And DID NOT look me in the eyes for a milli-second when shaking my hand.

I’m 6’6” so it’s hard to miss me. I have no respect for someone who shakes your hand and doesn’t even look you in the eye.

Sort of like that King of the Hill episode.


36 posted on 04/06/2012 3:33:14 PM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: dila813
If you claim to be a conservative and vote for a socialist liberal,what do you call it.
Wear your chains lightly.
37 posted on 04/06/2012 3:35:43 PM PDT by TexasSecede79366
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To: upchuck

Obama and Romney-—nobody wants them.


38 posted on 04/06/2012 3:38:25 PM PDT by Rudder
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

OK,so the media selects the Republican candidates but you want us to vote for the nominee? Really?


39 posted on 04/06/2012 3:39:37 PM PDT by TexasSecede79366
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To: upchuck
Silver or lead, that's the offer to anyone apposing obozo. McAmnisty threw it and so will Willard because they know the mob's offer is very costly if refused and apparently so do the Clintons. The only way obozo will not be in office for a second term is if he drops out, God intervenes or a substantially collective challenge of his fraudulent eligibility from high ranking state and federal officials.

40 posted on 04/06/2012 3:53:05 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: dila813

Enjoy The USSA then pal!


41 posted on 04/06/2012 3:58:58 PM PDT by Internet Walnut
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To: TexasSecede79366

I didn’t know Daffy Duck was a Socialist, but ok, if voting for a fictional character puts me in chains, very well

Last election was my last time of holding my nose to vote for a liberal republican.


42 posted on 04/06/2012 4:01:56 PM PDT by dila813
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To: Finny

If that is how you feel then enjoy The USSA comrade!


43 posted on 04/06/2012 4:04:24 PM PDT by Internet Walnut
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To: upchuck

news media elected bama and will re-elect bama.


44 posted on 04/06/2012 4:09:53 PM PDT by FreedBird
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To: dila813
Ooops,my bad. I now see you were responding to a Rombot.My sincerest apologies. The analogy was spot on.
Note to self. Read the whole thread,dumba$$.
45 posted on 04/06/2012 4:10:23 PM PDT by TexasSecede79366
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To: FreedBird

Unfortunately for us.


46 posted on 04/06/2012 4:11:04 PM PDT by Internet Walnut
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To: upchuck
How Long Blues, salute to the Republicans running Mittens.

“Your gonna be sorry, you'll feel so blue.
When you want me, baby, I declare I won't want you.”

47 posted on 04/06/2012 4:14:23 PM PDT by dog breath
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To: TexasSecede79366

The ONLY alternative is four more years of 0bama.


48 posted on 04/06/2012 4:20:49 PM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

The alternative is in showing up as delegates ourselves.

If not us, whom?

If not now, when?

It starts the night of primary election in your state.

Be there.


49 posted on 04/06/2012 4:26:46 PM PDT by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT.)
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To: EGPWS
No, some of us will build a TEA Party... millions are ready and the gop only has this election to heal itself... and they not only are not trying to save the party... they do not think that it is in trouble. Some will cave and lick at their feet... but if they nominate romney and he gets his arse handed to him... and he will... it is over for the gop... and maybe for America herself... but the end of the gop as she has existed will be no more.

LLS

50 posted on 04/06/2012 4:31:54 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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