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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.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
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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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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.


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

Negative. No sale, no way. Many of us are tired of people like you who try to sway us to whatever RINO is up next. Not buying it this time or ever again.

51 posted on 04/06/2012 4:38:58 PM PDT by alarm rider (I took the pledge, I will never vote for another RINO, not now, not ever.)
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

Whatever you say, Mitt. /s

I will NEVER vote for romney. If you don't want obama, find a way to get mitt out of the race.

52 posted on 04/06/2012 4:39:30 PM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: RitaOK

I’ll admit I don’t know much about the delegate process, I suppose I could look it up but ‘splain if you care to..

53 posted on 04/06/2012 4:43:15 PM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: Gator113
Read the Declaration again carefully. It tells us what we must do if our government were ever to become tyrannical and corrupt. Remember these momentous words and understand that even if they cancel every election henceforth, we are not bound to blindly accept enslavement. Unlike the “right to abortion”... this right IS in the Constitution. Check the 13th Amendment.

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure”.

THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to William Stephens Smith, November 13, 1787.—The Papers of Thomas Jefferson


54 posted on 04/06/2012 4:44:17 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: APatientMan
I will be writing in Palin myself... if these despots actually force mitt onto the ballot.


55 posted on 04/06/2012 4:46:09 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: madprof98

New party in a defunct country won’t matter. It’s this year or we’re cooked.

56 posted on 04/06/2012 4:47:23 PM PDT by mcshot (Friends of A. Breitbart concerned by removal of US flags near the Presidential podium.)
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To: LibLieSlayer
but the end of the gop as she has existed will be no more.

Oh, but the loss will be MY fault for not toting the party directive and sucking up to a socialist liberal hack and taking one for the party for the sake of...hell, I don't even know any more!

57 posted on 04/06/2012 4:47:47 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
Listen closely,grasshopper. This is not "Dancing with the Stars". I will never again "hold my nose" and vote for a liberal.
There's always an alternative if you have the courage of your convictions

If your willing to "sell out" and kick the can down the road to your children so be it but don't ask me too.

58 posted on 04/06/2012 4:48:32 PM PDT by TexasSecede79366
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To: LibLieSlayer

Fighting the good fight!

59 posted on 04/06/2012 4:53:05 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: upchuck

“why aren’t they already Romney supporters?”

Maybe because they’re holding out in case of a brokered convention.

60 posted on 04/06/2012 4:58:02 PM PDT by Heart of Georgia
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