Three New Polls, More Bad News for Obama

By Guy Benson via Townhall


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Mitt Romney (Photo credit: Dave Delay)


Let’s go in reverse order, from least to most alarming for Team Obama.  First up is the new daily tracking poll from Rasmussen, which shows Mitt Romney surging to a three-point lead nationwide:




The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Mitt Romney attracting 47% of the vote, while President Obama earns support from 44%. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided. Fifty-five percent (55%) favor repeal of the president’s health care law. Most (57%) say they haven’t yet been affected by the law, but concerns about cost continue to be the top priority for health care reform. Just 14% believe that today’s children will be better off than their parents. That’s the lowest level of optimism ever measured.

The topline of that survey is ephemeral and relatively unimportant.  As I mentioned earlier, head-to-head numbers aren’t salient at this juncture of the campaign.  The piece about generational optimism is much more serious.  In a previous post, we discussed Romney’s emerging edge on economic issues, noting that Obama’s gaping personality advantage is keeping him in the game.  Two countervailing data points — the NYT/CBS poll, which showed the president’s favorability rating flipping upside-down, and this new survey (via Politico): 

GOP nominee Mitt Romney has a slight advantage over President Obama on key measures of values, leadership and honesty, a new poll finds. The poll, conducted by The Hill, finds that 47 percent of voters say that Romney most shares their values, compared with 44 percent for Obama. The survey also finds that 48 percent of voters pick Romney as the stronger leader, versus 44 percent for Obama. Romney also edged out Obama on a measure of trust — with 46 percent calling Romney more trustworthy versus 44 percent for Obama. Obama generally performs well among measures of likability across most polls, but voters say that a presidential candidate’s policies and ability matter more. Ninety-three percent of likely voters say that competence and policies matter more than likability. The numbers come in the wake of an onslaught of negative ads by Team Obama portraying Romney as a heartless corporate raider responsible for layoffs, outsourcing and tax secrecy. The numbers are a sign that those attempts to define Romney have largely failed to change the narrative in the race.

These results are essentially the opposite of Gallup’s recent findings on personal and leadership qualities. One major factor?  Gallup surveyed adults; The Hill polled likely voters.  As election day draws closer, the latter category becomes king.  While we’re on the subject of Gallup, let’s take a gander at their new numbers, which measure Americans’ political priorities:

The top three items are right in Mitt Romney’s wheelhouse, according to the latest USA Today/Gallup poll.  He leads on job creation, deficits, and the economy.  Romney can also point to his Olympics resume to illustrate his ability to extricate an enterprise from the throes of corruption and scandal.  Pay special attention to what registers dead last on the list: Democrats’ obsession with tax “fairness.”  Raising taxes on successful businesses and families would do absolutely nothing to address the item at the very top of the roster, job creation.  In fact, it would be counter-productive, to the tune of 700,000 destroyed jobs.  Let’s have this debate.

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Obama And His “Youth Vote” Could Face “Grandparents’ Revenge”

By via Western Journalism

With his support rapidly drying up among almost every group, Barack Obama has turned to the so- called “youth vote.” He has personally visited or sent a representative to 130 college campuses across the country since March 2011. His obvious plan is to use the same lies he told in 2008 to appeal to people who have no life experience and don’t know any better. “They believed it then, maybe they’ll believe it now” is the Obama campaign motto, but is it working? Not yet, and nothing on the horizon suggests it will.

In 2008, whatever Obama told the empty-headed college kids worked. As the quintessential political prostitute, Obama put on ANY dress his customers wanted him to wear. “Lower student loan rates than those evil Republicans want you to have? You bet!” “More free stuff from the government? Coming right up!” “I’m the one you’ve been waiting for, can’t you see that?” “Blah blah blah, hope and change blah blah blah, you know what THAT means don’t you?” They didn’t, but that made no difference because voting for a black man PROVED that their generation was better than their parents’ generation. They ate up Obama’s Hope and Change babble and marched like zombies to vote for a man whom they really had no information about. Obama won their vote 2 to 1.

Today, all of that is gone. A new Gallup survey holds devastating news for Obama and his party regarding the 18 to 29 year old vote: only 60% are registered to vote, and of that, only 56% report they are likely to vote in November. Since that’s 56% of 60%, Obama is getting just 35% of the youth vote. That fact renders the “youth vote” that still goes 2 to 1 for Obama meaningless at best.

At the other end of the age scale, 92% of those 65 and over are registered to vote, and 86% of them are “definitely” voting in November. When they do, they will be voting 52/40 for Mitt Romney.

Obama’s empty “Hope and Change” produced three miserable results: it kept college graduates out of work, it put their parents out of work, and it forced their grandparents back to work.

With 50% of recent college graduates out of work and Wal Marts staffed by people who either had to return to work or were never able to retire since Obama came to office, these numbers are likely to get worse for Obama and better for Romney.

Call this what you’d like, but “Grandparents’ revenge” sounds about right.

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