AEI Political Report May 2012: A new phase of the 2012 campaign

 


In the latest AEI Political Report, the AEI Politics team looks at at the new phase of 2012 campaign from a variety of angles. 

May 2012 Political Report
May 2012 AEI Political Report
Download PDF

 

• AEI’s May Political Report sizes up President Obama and Mitt Romney on policy, personal qualities, favorability ratings and messages. President Obama does well or is competitive on some issues that have been traditional Republican strengths, such as foreign policy and taxes. Romney does better than Obama on handling energy and gas prices. Though voters hold significant doubts about both men, most troubling for Romney is that nearly 7 in 10 say they are only somewhat or not at all confident  that he has the right set of goals and policies.

• Vice President Biden’s favorability rating (42 percent) lags the president’s (45 percent). 

• Ann Romney isn’t well known at this early stage of the campaign, while Michelle Obama is a formidable asset: with 60 percent rating her favorably, she is one of the most popular figures in the administration. 

• The economy remains fragile. Only 35 percent told Quinnipiac that they are better off today than four years ago; 68 percent believe the economy is still in a recession. 

• President Obama leads Mitt Romney by large margins as the person who would be better on women’s issues. In a new CBS/New York Times poll, however, only 6 percent of women say women’s health issues will be the single most important factor in their vote.  

• Are the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street losing steam? Forty-two percent say the Tea Party and 51 percent say Occupy Wall Street have run their course. 

• The story about how the Romney’s put their dog Seamus in a cage on the roof of their car when going on a family vacation refuses to go away. That may be because people have such strong attachments to their pets. According to a 2011 Harris poll, 88 percent consider their dog a family member and 60 percent have bought their dog a holiday present. 

 

Also Visit
AEIdeas Blog The American Magazine
About the Author

 

Karlyn
Bowman

 

Andrew
Rugg

 

Jennifer K.
Marsico

What's new on AEI

To secure southern border, US must lead international effort to stabilize Central America
image The Ryan pro-work, anti-poverty plan: Thomas Aquinas 1, Ayn Rand 0
image Does SNAP support work? Yes and no
image Obama Democrats lose their big bet on health exchanges
AEI on Facebook
Events Calendar
  • 21
    MON
  • 22
    TUE
  • 23
    WED
  • 24
    THU
  • 25
    FRI
Monday, July 21, 2014 | 9:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Closing the gaps in health outcomes: Alternative paths forward

Please join us for a broader exploration of targeted interventions that provide real promise for reducing health disparities, limiting or delaying the onset of chronic health conditions, and improving the performance of the US health care system.

Monday, July 21, 2014 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Comprehending comprehensive universities

Join us for a panel discussion that seeks to comprehend the comprehensives and to determine the role these schools play in the nation’s college completion agenda.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | 8:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Who governs the Internet? A conversation on securing the multistakeholder process

Please join AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy for a conference to address key steps we can take, as members of the global community, to maintain a free Internet.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Expanding opportunity in America: A conversation with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan

Please join us as House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveils a new set of policy reforms aimed at reducing poverty and increasing upward mobility throughout America.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Is it time to end the Export-Import Bank?

We welcome you to join us at AEI as POLITICO’s Ben White moderates a lively debate between Tim Carney, one of the bank’s fiercest critics, and Tony Fratto, one of the agency’s staunchest defenders.

No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled today.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.