Romney beats Obama: Middle-class advantage of 14 points
ELECTIONS 2012SEPTEMBER 24, 2012BY: DEVONIA SMITHhttp://www.examiner.com/article/romney-beats-obama-middle-class-advantage-of-14-points
Monday, POLITICO-George Washington University Battleground Poll released the results of the survey no other pollsters have taken: Who [Obama or Romney] is winning the battle for the middle-class families? The results may set the teeth of President Obama's campaign on an edge: "Romney holds a 14 point advantage (55 percent to 41 percent)."
According to the poll, "On every measure, it is Romney who is winning the battle for the support of middle-class families." Politico further explains, "Middle-class families comprise about 54 percent of the total American electorate and usually split in their vote behavior between Republicans and Democrats."
Over the weekend, Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, attempted to diminish the results of recent national tracking polls, which show the president and Romney tied. Despite those polls, he claimed Obama was still winning, saying, "There are two different campaigns, one in the battlegrounds and one everywhere else. That's why the national polls aren't relevant to this campaign."
How important is the middle-class vote to the Obama campaign for the president's reelection? Actually, that vote is crucial to both the GOP and the Democratic campaign. Obama continues to zing the Romney campaign saying that Romney is out-of-touch with the middle-class, and claiming that Romney will tax the middle-class. Romney hits Obama back on his idealistic lean towards "redistribution," while promising to repeal the "biggest tax" on the middle-class in history, Obama's signature healthcare reform bill. Romney also portrays much of Obama's agenda as "job-killers."
Again, overall, Governor Mitt Romney holds a 14-point advantage (55 percent to 41 percent) in the results of middle-class issues referenced in the poll, which follow:
Middle-class families are more inclined to believe the country is on the wrong track (34 percent right direction, 62 percent wrong track).
Middle-class families are more likely to hold an unfavorable view of Obama (48 percent favorable, 51 percent unfavorable).
Middle-class families hold a more favorable view of Romney (51 percent favorable, 44 percent unfavorable).
Middle-class families hold a more favorable view of Paul Ryan (46 percent favorable, 35 percent unfavorable) than the overall electorate.
Middle-class families also hold a majority disapproval rating on the job Obama is doing as president (45 percent approve; 54 percent disapprove).
These middle-class families turn even more negative to Obama when surveyed in five specific areas:
Economy: 56 percent disapprove
Spending: 61 percent disapprove
Taxes: 53 percent disapprove
Medicare: 48 percent disapprove
Foreign policy: 50 percent disapprove