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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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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
STOP LAMENTING! SUPPORT THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE!

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

LLS

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.

LLS

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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To: EGPWS
You sorely misunderstand my friend... you had nothing to do with it... prebieus and company... boehner and mcconnell and cantor and the others caused this... the rnc caused this... mitt caused this... this has all been orchestrated like a ballet. They made a plan and the carried through. The gop will shrink because those that control it... instead of leading it... sold it out and along with it... their souls.

LLS

61 posted on 04/06/2012 4:58:02 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
SUPPORT THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE!

(To do otherwise is INSANITY!)>/i>

Oh no!

Insanity is making the same damn mistake over and over and expecting a different result!!

No more pulling a handle for a socialist pig even if they are the lesser pig.

62 posted on 04/06/2012 5:00:04 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: APatientMan

All of my life and until my last breath... on my sacred honor.

LLS


63 posted on 04/06/2012 5:00:39 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Vaduz
So your going to vote for Obama?

Are you going to vote for Romney? A vote for Romney is a vote for Obama.

64 posted on 04/06/2012 5:00:53 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: EGPWS

Right on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

LLS


65 posted on 04/06/2012 5:02:37 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Vaduz
If "uncommitted" is the same as "undecided" then this will be good news for Romney. Undecideds typically break for the challenger, because they already are familiar with the incumbent.
66 posted on 04/06/2012 5:05:02 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Internet Walnut
If that is how you feel then enjoy The USSA comrade!

Your knee-jerk bumper-sticker response confirms the shallow short-sightedness of your [lack of] thinking. You're all over what you're supposedly voting "against." The problem is, that the price of voting "against" your way is not worth what you would be voting for.

You have the nerve to voluntarily vote FOR a Republican who has, and would, sanction and defend:
-- Nationalized health care
-- Global warming cap-and-trade regulation
-- On-demand taxpayer funded abortion
-- Forced acceptance of open homosexuality throughout society, and punishment for resisting it

PROJECTION, FRiend -- Romney is the ONE Republican who would finalize your USSA. He is guaranteed to deliver Republican cooperation in promoting the most popular liberal causes that enslave Americans and create moral and fiscal decline -- and you have the nerve to berate me! LOLOL!!! {^)

Your Romney is tailor-made to for ushering in "The USSA, comarade!"

67 posted on 04/06/2012 5:06:46 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: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
STOP LAMENTING! SUPPORT THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE! (To do otherwise is INSANITY!)

Hey, newbie!


68 posted on 04/06/2012 5:07:14 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: upchuck

The GOP-E should have gotten behind Palin instead of trying to destroy her!

Now they have a no good probable candidate going up against the second version of Jimmy Carter and they are sweating bullets.

They have only themselves to blame and I for one, hope all their big donations dry up for years to come.


69 posted on 04/06/2012 5:10:36 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (No Romney or Santorum vote from my family!)
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Click

70 posted on 04/06/2012 5:12:20 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: TexasSecede79366
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.

Ditto, Friend.

71 posted on 04/06/2012 5:16:44 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

the big media has played the republicant party like a fiddle.


72 posted on 04/06/2012 5:18:22 PM PDT by FreedBird
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To: TexasSecede79366

So, at the end of the day IF IT’S ROMNEY AGAINST OBAMA, all true conservatives are to refrain from voting? I agree with ‘voting your conscience’ but if that mindset gives us four more years of 0bama, that’s INEXCUSABLE! There is absolutely NO WAY POSSIBLE that Romney would be the same as or worse than 0bama.. Romney would appoint SOME conservatives in various posts; THERE ARE CURRENTLY NONE. Think ‘administration’ in this election, not just the front man. We need REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION AND REPUBLICAN AGENCY HEADS, so vote for Romney FOR THIS REASON ALONE if you have to!


73 posted on 04/06/2012 5:18:44 PM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: Vaduz
"So your going to vote for Obama?."

See, that is the point. Doesn't Matter if you vote For the Republican Candidate or the Democrat candidate you are getting an Obama. The only real difference between the two is one has a D after his name and isn't lying about how liberal he will be when he is elected.

74 posted on 04/06/2012 5:19:02 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
So, at the end of the day IF IT’S ROMNEY AGAINST OBAMA, all true conservatives are to refrain from voting? I agree with ‘voting your conscience’ but if that mindset gives us four more years of 0bama, that’s INEXCUSABLE! There is absolutely NO WAY POSSIBLE that Romney would be the same as or worse than 0bama.. Romney would appoint SOME conservatives in various posts; THERE ARE CURRENTLY NONE. Think ‘administration’ in this election, not just the front man. We need REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION AND REPUBLICAN AGENCY HEADS, so vote for Romney FOR THIS REASON ALONE if you have to!

Wow. There are so many falsehoods in your post I don't know where to start. Maybe, newbie, before posting such incredible bilge, you should hang around FreeRepublic for a while and educate yourself. [shakes head]

75 posted on 04/06/2012 5:26:36 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

“Romney would appoint SOME conservatives in various posts;”

Wow... Words fail. Just needs to be repeated -

From a Mitt supporter:
“Romney would appoint SOME conservatives in various posts;”


76 posted on 04/06/2012 5:26:59 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: APatientMan

This boy’s gotta be a RomneyBot. There’s no other explanation. Signs up a few weeks ago with the mission to propagandize to us stupid conservatives.


77 posted on 04/06/2012 5:28:33 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
DON'T THREATEN ME YOU LITTLE PUNK!!

Now go play at the children's table.

78 posted on 04/06/2012 5:36:30 PM PDT by TexasSecede79366
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To: COBOL2Java

These guys are crazy. They want to sell it like conservatives need a handout from the pubbies.

It’s the other way around and we’re not interested.


79 posted on 04/06/2012 5:37:19 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: COBOL2Java

There has got to be a rule that says I am not supposed to laugh at that, but you flat put me on the floor with that response. LMAO.


80 posted on 04/06/2012 6:08:55 PM PDT by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Randy Larsen

Spot on.


81 posted on 04/06/2012 6:12:13 PM PDT by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: LibLieSlayer

FRiend, I have that piece memorized and I have posted it at least a couple of hundred times over the years.

From the Declaration of Independence:

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”


82 posted on 04/06/2012 6:49:34 PM PDT by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: upchuck
ROMNEY 2012.....The Maverick for Change!

Here we freakin go again.

I'm thinking there is a reason Texas primary is scheduled toward the end of the primary cycle.

It is to take the conservatives out of the primary election process. I'm absolutely convinced of it.

Our primary election has been pushed out to the end of May.

By that time, the most moderate/liberal candidate will have secured his footing on the process.

Freakin disgustingly corrupt process.

83 posted on 04/06/2012 7:05:23 PM PDT by servantboy777
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To: Gator113

Beautiful... and far more than mere words.

LLS


84 posted on 04/06/2012 7:18:46 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: paul51
But of course. This is all part of keeping their power and perks and cushy positions. They offer up a damned if you do/damned if you don't choice and then tell everyone to “vote for us or Obama wins”. Some choice. Some candidate! A dead fish has more vote getting ability than Romney. This guy positively breaks wind.
85 posted on 04/07/2012 1:16:35 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

Screw the leftist within the GOP, don’t vote for Romney.

Fight for another 2010 type victory in 2012, and to advance conservatism.


86 posted on 04/07/2012 4:00:30 AM PDT by ansel12 ( Romney is a Mormon Bishop, as was his father, his uncle was in line to be the Mormon Prophet. Pope))
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To: Mad Dawgg

Anyone but Obama nobody is as bad as Obama.


87 posted on 04/07/2012 8:19:58 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: hinckley buzzard

Agree


88 posted on 04/07/2012 8:20:39 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: COBOL2Java

We know how bad Obama is so a voto for anyone else is a step forward.


89 posted on 04/07/2012 8:22:07 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: APatientMan

Strange what some people think what a conservative is.
Obama is the most soicalist president ever.


90 posted on 04/07/2012 8:24:25 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: SatinDoll

Don’t let your fears operate your logic.Romney may not be a Reagan but he’s a hell of a lot better than Obama or any democrat.


91 posted on 04/07/2012 8:27:43 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Vaduz
We know how bad Obama is so a voto for anyone else is a step forward.

Spoken like a true Romney lemming. Vote for Romney! Vote for Romney! It's the only way! It's the only way! Whee!


92 posted on 04/07/2012 11:07:52 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: Vaduz

There is little to no difference between a fascist and a communist.


93 posted on 04/07/2012 3:17:09 PM PDT by SatinDoll (No Foreign Nationals as our President!)
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To: COBOL2Java

Of the three losers who would opt for?.


94 posted on 04/08/2012 7:44:27 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: SatinDoll

Radical ideas are dangerous.


95 posted on 04/08/2012 7:45:26 AM PDT by Vaduz
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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.

When you look at who the parties really work for, it all makes perfect sense.

96 posted on 04/08/2012 8:24:13 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Vaduz
Of the three losers who would opt for?.

There's only three?

97 posted on 04/08/2012 9:48:19 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: Vaduz

The only choice Conservatives have now is to take the Republican Party back from the elitests who are only interested in money and power. The Romneys and Bushs’ are Globalists, see themselves as citizens of the world and do not share the American values most of us possess.

If this is radicalism, it is the radicalism of our forefathers. I think it is about time for a comeback, don’t you?


98 posted on 04/08/2012 12:45:32 PM PDT by SatinDoll (No Foreign Nationals as our President!)
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