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Obama vs. Romney on the Economy: Substance vs. Spirit

May 22nd, 2012 . by economistmom


Very interesting poll results reported in today’s Washington Post.  A snip of the graphic is posted above.  Note that President Obama continues to reign in the overall inspirational category:  if the question is how excited one gets about supporting the candidate and knowing that the candidate will support and understand you (and your economic problems and concerns), Obama wins hands down.  But if the question is how well the candidate has actually done or is expected to do on objective, measurable economic goals, Obama and Romney look virtually the same.  If the President actually wins reelection, this suggests that he could and probably should go bolder in his second term to put the money where the confidence in him is–to come up with and follow through on the policies that are consistent with all of his inspirational talk.  If Romney wins, or maybe rather, in order for him to win, the poll suggests he has a lot of PR and perhaps substantive policy work to do to convince Americans that his economic policies will be good not just for this abstract concept of “the economy” or other people’s “jobs,” but good for Americans very broadly as well.

2 Responses to “Obama vs. Romney on the Economy: Substance vs. Spirit”

  1. comment number 1 by: Patrick R. Sullivan

    For Romney to win all he has to do is sit back and let the Obamaconomy lumber toward November. It almost certainly can’t turn around between now and then. Swing voters will be asking themselves how they are doing and won’t like their answers.

  2. comment number 2 by: Jewel

    The American people ARE AWAKE.. obama will not win because of all the criminal activity, the lies, the thievery, and the fact that he’s a marxist and hates anything American.. not to mention his racist hate filled wife.. let them go to kenya where they can bullshit all those people.. AMERICA HAS BEEN TAUGHT A LESSON.