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USA Today/Gallup Poll: Voters say they are no better off than 4 years ago

USA Today writes, “In USA TODAY/Gallup Poll nationwide and in the 12 top battleground states, most voters say the situation for them and their families hasn’t improved over the past four years, the first time that has happened since Ronald Reagan famously posed the question in his debate with President Carter in 1980 — a contest Carter lost. . . . When they were asked, ‘Are you better off than you were four years ago?’ voters by 56%-40% in the swing states and 55%-42% nationwide say they aren’t. While that question has been posed only episodically when other recent presidents were seeking re-election, the current finding is the worst it’s been when it was asked.”


Politico notes, “Fifty-six percent of registered voters in a dozen states said they and their family are not better off than they were four years ago, up from 54 percent in late 2011; 40 percent said they are better off, down from 43 percent in December 2011. . . . Voters were polled in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. Of those who feel that they are not better off than they were four years ago, 20 percent blame President Barack Obama, 7 percent blame former President George W. Bush, and 15 percent blame both presidents. An additional 14 percent blame neither. A majority of voters, 52 percent, also feel that Obama has not done ‘as well as could be expected’ with the economy, while 46 percent responded that he has.”


Further, USA Today reports, “In the Swing States Poll, just 14% call the current economy good. The overwhelming majority describe it as ‘only fair’ (44%) or poor (41%). Economic woes are fueling unease about the country’s direction. Seven of 10 in the swing states and 72% nationwide say they are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States. Just 28% in the swing states and 26% nationwide are satisfied. . . . The sentiments in the survey were echoed in a roundtable discussion last week with a dozen women from the suburbs around Milwaukee, one of a series sponsored by the Annenberg Center for Public Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. . . . [M]ost expressed disappointment about Obama’s leadership. ‘He made so many promises,’ said Michelle Nicole Wienke, 31, the mother of three who was laid off from her job at a Harley-Davidson plant three years ago and has been able to find only temp work. She acknowledged the economic crisis Obama inherited but complained that nothing has changed.”


As Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier this month, “Far from putting us on a path to recovery, it’s now obvious that President Obama’s policies have made a bad situation worse. Secretary Geithner was right to say that the President’s policies were having an effect on the economy. He was clearly wrong to conclude they were anything approaching a lasting, positive effect. On the contrary, we can see that the policies of the President’s first two years in office put us decidedly on the wrong path. Two years after Secretary Geithner’s op-ed, 23 million Americans are either unemployed, underemployed, or have given up looking for work altogether. Half of college graduates can’t find a decent job, and with little to no income, many have decided to move back home with Mom and Dad. Two years after Secretary Geithner all-but declared victory, GDP growth is still an anemic 1.5 percent. Foreclosures are still common. More Americans than ever are on food stamps. And two years after Secretary Geithner welcomed Americans to the recovery, more Americans are signing up for disability than finding jobs.”

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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