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A couple of polls

With the shooting in Aurora (lived there as a kid), CO, the usual suspects are calling for the usual remedy – stricter gun control.

How does the American public feel about such measures?  Rasmussen says that in the wake of the mass shooting in CO, the percentages for and against stricter gun control remain pretty much the same, with an overwhelming majority saying stricter control isn’t a solution.

So, to the politics of the incident – how does one make that message, “we need stricter gun control”, a positive in this campaign (or any campaign?)?  They don’t try if they’re smart.

Then there’s another indicator poll.  What this one points out, in my opinion, is the fact that if Romney can keep the debate focused on the economy and off the extraneous nonsense the Obama campaign will try to distract the voting public with, he stands a good chance of winning.

Despite concerted Democratic attacks on his business record, Republican challenger Mitt Romney scores a significant advantage over President Obama when it comes to managing the economy, reducing the federal budget deficit and creating jobs, a national USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.

By more than 2-1, 63%-29%, those surveyed say Romney’s background in business, including his tenure at the private equity firm Bain Capital, would cause him to make good decisions, not bad ones, in dealing with the nation’s economic problems over the next four years.

The findings raise questions about Obama’s strategy of targeting Bain’s record in outsourcing jobs and hammering Romney for refusing to commit to releasing more than two years of his tax returns. Instead, Americans seem focused on the economy, where disappointment with the fragile recovery and the 8.2% unemployment rate are costing the president.

So, with questions raised about the Obama strategy, what is a incumbent with a bad economic record he doesn’t at all want to visit if he can help it do if his current attacks aren’t having an effect?  Throw something else extraneous to the real problem he doesn’t want to talk about out there and see if it sticks to the wall.  And count on the media to pitch in and try to help it stick.

That’s how it has worked so far.

I see no reason he’ll alter his tactics.

That said, clearly if Romney can continue to stay on message and get that message out there he has a majority constituency who are with him. 

The poll goes on to say that Obama holds a “likeability” advantage over Romney.  Yeah, well, unsaid is what 4 years of a high “likeability” index have gotten us.  And, as should be clear, most voters don’t like it.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

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14 Responses to A couple of polls

  • A couple of polls…
    I thought you were starting a pollish joke, McQ….

  • … how does one make that message, “we need stricter gun control”, a positive in this campaign (or any campaign?)?

    Al Gore would have been President in 2000 (without Florida) if he had won his “home” state of Tennessee, which his advocacy of “gun control” probably caused him to lose.
    The White House was careful and quick to point out that they could maintain the peace with the “current laws.”

  • Fourteen mostly illegal immigrants killed in one pick-up truck accident in Texas.  Where is the talk of border control?   Twelve people killed, never even would have made the news cycle if it had been in Chicago.

    • No, no.  Pick-up truck control laws.  Not border enforcement.  Jeepers, what a raaaaaacist…!!!

      • I think we gots them, and they clearly doesn’t work.  Well, them, and the whole border guarding thingie and the immigration thingie.

  • OMG

    President Obama, discussing his economic policies during a fundraiser in California, told supporters last night that “we tried our plan — and it worked” as he explained why they should reelect him.

    • He’s talking about his plan to get elected.

      • OR his plan to shift a massive amount of wealth to reliable Deemocrat donors, cronies, and interest groups.
        THAT plan worked champion.

  • McQ, here is another “poll” of relevance.
    Gun sales in Colorado have spiked since last week’s massacre…

    Background checks jumped more than 41 percent since Friday’s shooting…

  • The poll goes on to say that Obama holds a “likeability” advantage over Romney.  Yeah, well, unsaid is what 4 years of a high “likeability” index have gotten us.  And, as should be clear, most voters don’t like it.

    I think you vastley over estimate the swing voters.  Romney’s “likeability” negatives are that he’s ‘uptight’ and ‘mean’.  People are shallow enough to not vote for him if he comes off too much of either.  Which is why I shake my head at the self-defeating desire for Romney to come out swinging.  He can go after Obama, but he needs to be level headed and controlled about it. 

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