May 22, 2012
AND IT DIDN'T MATTER FOR GHWB THAT THE ECONOMY WAS IMPROVING:
Poll: Obama, Romney in dead heat on economy (Jon Cohen and Dan Balz, 5/22/12, Washington Post)
Posted by Orrin Judd at May 22, 2012 6:49 PM[I]t is a rearview-mirror assessment that could hurt Obama's chances for a second term. One key indicator has hardly budged this year: Asked where they stand financially compared with when Obama took office in January 2009, 30 percent say they are worse off, and only 16 percent say they are better off. There is not a widespread sense that things would be better had Romney been president for the past three-plus years, but for the incumbent it is a critical measure. On this question, Obama's numbers continue to resemble those of George H.W. Bush, who lost his bid for reelection in 1992 amid a flagging economy.Voters are evenly divided between Obama and Romney on the question of who could kick-start the economy and also are split on job creation, with 46 percent siding with the president and 45 percent with Romney.