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Romney and Obama Seen With Different Economic Strengths

This election is going to be dominated by the state of the economy, but the “economy” is not a single issue. It is made up of several distinct parts, and voters see each presidential candidate as having an advantage on particular economic issues, according to Gallup.

Presidential Candidate Preferred for Each Economic Issue, May 2012

President Obama has an advantage on the issue of health care cost and college affordability, but Mitt Romney has the advantage when it comes to the deficit and weak economic growth. Looking at all the numbers it is hard to say either candidate has any significant advantage on the overall concept of the economy, although the fact that Romney is seen as better at improving growth probably gives him an overall edge.

I think it is interesting that Obama has the advantage on health care and college cost. For both issues he passed a law on a party line basis. Even though the Affordable Care Act is very unpopular, it seems he gets some credit for at least accomplishing something.

On the other hand Obama spent almost a year unsuccessfully trying to get a bipartisan deficit compromise, and now it is the economy issue on which he performs the worst. It seems people care primarily about results and don’t reward trying to reach out to the other side.  That suggests that simply trying to stop Obama from getting any accomplishments has been the smart political move for Republicans.

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Romney and Obama Seen With Different Economic Strengths

This election is going to be dominated by the state of the economy, but the “economy” is not a single issue. It is made up of several distinct parts, and voters see each presidential candidate as having an advantage on particular economic issues, according to Gallup.

Presidential Candidate Preferred for Each Economic Issue, May 2012

President Obama has an advantage on the issue of health care cost and college affordability, but Mitt Romney has the advantage when it comes to the deficit and weak economic growth. Looking at all the numbers it is hard to say either candidate has any significant advantage on the overall concept of the economy, although the fact that Romney is seen as better at improving growth probably gives him an overall edge.

I think it is interesting that Obama has the advantage on health care and college cost. For both issues he passed a law on a party line basis. Even though the Affordable Care Act is very unpopular, it seems he gets some credit for at least accomplishing something.

On the other hand Obama spent almost a year unsuccessfully trying to get a bipartisan deficit compromise, and now it is the economy issue on which he performs the worst. It seems people care primarily about results and don’t reward trying to reach out to the other side. That suggests that simply trying to stop Obama from getting any accomplishments has been the smart political move for Republicans.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com

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