SHOCK POLL: ONLY 3 in 10 WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA...
Americans are growing more dissatisfied with President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy and say it will be hard to vote to re-elect him without seeing significant progress over the next year and a half.
By a margin of 61 percent to 37 percent, a Bloomberg National Poll conducted June 17-20 shows Americans say they believe that Obama will have had his chance to make the economy “substantially better” by the end of 2012.
Only 30 percent of respondents said they are certain to vote for the president and 36 percent said they definitely won’t. Among likely independent voters, only 23 percent said they will back his re-election, while 36 percent said they definitely will look for another candidate.
“As far as the economy goes, I don’t see that he has delivered on the change that he promised,” said Sharon Ortiz, a 38-year-old independent voter from Hampton, Virginia, who supported Obama in 2008. “The jobs that he promised -- I haven’t seen it.”
66% say US headed in 'wrong direction'...
Two years after the official start of the recovery, the American people remain pessimistic about their current economic circumstances and longer-term prospects.
Fewer than a quarter of people see signs of improvement in the economy, and two-thirds say they believe the country is on the wrong track overall, according to a Bloomberg National Poll conducted June 17-20.
“Gas prices are higher, grocery prices are higher, transportation prices are higher,” says poll respondent Ronda Brockway, 54, an insurance company manager and political independent who lives in a suburb of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. “The jobs situation nationwide is very poor.”
By a 44 percent to 34 percent margin, Americans say they believe they are worse off than when President Barack Obama took office in early 2009, when the U.S. was in the depths of a recession compounded by the September 2008 financial crisis and the economy was losing as many as 820,000 jobs a month.
Emerging GOP theme: Obama made it worse...
Republicans seem to have settled informally on a message for 2012: Obama made it worse.
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney used that line of attack in a well-received dig during last week's GOP debate in New Hampshire. And on Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he sees that being the overriding message headed into next year.
"If the presidential election were today, I think our theme would be: He made it worse,'" Mr. McConnell told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
In last week's debate Mr. Romney said the president "didn't cause the recession, but he made it worse and caused it to last longer."
The argument seems to acknowledge that the problems began under then-President George W. Bush, and voters punished the GOP in 2006 and again in 2008.
Mr. Obama won election in large part by arguing he would turn the country around by moving in a different direction than Mr. Bush, and the economy indeed has come out of a deep recession. But the jobless rate remains high, gas prices have returned to near-record levels, and the debt and deficits that troubled voters under Mr. Bush have gotten worse in the past two years.
A new Bloomberg National Poll released Wednesday found that Americans, by a 44 percent to 34 percent margin, believe they are worse off now than they were when Mr. Obama took office in January 2009, suggesting there is an audience for the GOP's new argument.