Poll Update: Romney Wins with Struggling White Voters

Given the ex-governor’s “rich man” image one must respond to this post’s headline with a resounding “WHY?” Throughout the primaries Romney has struggled to relate to the middle class. He’s tried, but those attempts have shown only how incapable he is of comprehending the issues people who make less than a quarter of a million dollars year face daily, let alone what it takes to feed a family of 3 on $30,000 a year. From his $10,000 bet with Rick Perry to his “corporations are people” defense to his lament to NASCAR fans that he doesn’t watch “…as closely as some of the most ardent fans, but I have some friends who are NASCAR team owners”, Mitt simply cannot become that “every-man” the way the middle-class raised Obama can.

So, why…why do those financially struggling people feel Romney is capable of comprehending their plight let alone represent them to the level necessary to foster a middle class resurgence? It’s a question that can be asked of the broader Republican voting base, why do so many low income people continually vote for a party that consistently favors the highest income earners and large corporate interests over the needs of the average individual?


Romney Scores Big With Financially Struggling White Voters

A new poll suggests a stark racial divide when it comes to who voters trust with their economic futures.

The Washington Post-ABC News survey suggests a pretty stark racial divide on the question of which candidate would do more to advance a respondent’s economic interests. Fifty percent of white voters named Romney as the man for that job, compared to 37 percent who picked President Obama. The Republican’s advantage was even larger—58 percent to 32 percent—among middle-class whites who said they are struggling to maintain their current financial position.

The breakdown among struggling middle-class whites stands out, in large part, because Obama actually holds a six-point (50-44) advantage on the question of who would do more to advance the interests of the middle class generally. Seventy-one percent of non-white voters said Obama would do the most to help their individual economic interests, to only 22 percent who thought Romney would. Among middle-class non-white voters Obama bested Romney by better than 3 to 1.

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9 Comments to “Poll Update: Romney Wins with Struggling White Voters”

  1. The fact that struggling Whites are polled as likely to vote for Mitt Romney is not surprising. The Deomocrats have always struggled with that group. They live on sound bites like business, good, bad, black and so on.
    I think the main issue is why Corey Booker stirred up this debate that threatens to derail the needed expose of Romney’s so called business qualifications for President. His entire record needs to be examined and to claim it is an attack on Capitalism is outrageous. If it were Obama that made those I am King of Bain/job creator claims, I am sure those who died as a result of losing their jobs would be dug up from the dead and featured in ads discrediting Obama.


    • mumlawyer> “The Deomocrats have always struggled with that group.”

      True. I think I read something in a related article that said Obama lost that group in 2008 too, so this is not a big change but it still makes one wonder, Why?

      “I think the main issue is why Corey Booker stirred up this debate ”

      Was that really his intent or was it his phrasing that stirred things up? Was he actually refering to the GOP ads and Obama’s strategy just got caught up in the curfuffle? Or was that just want came out when he tried backtracking?

      Either way, you’re right, his background needs to be assessed. He is touting that era in his life as a major reason why he is qualified for the presidency, so his actions during that time are very pertinent. And yes, if it was Obama in that position, his history would be brought out as well.

      As far as Romney’s claims of job creation, the Washington Post did a factcheck on them… worth reading; http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/mitt-romney-and-100000-jobs-an-untenable-figure/2012/01/09/gIQAIoihmP_blog.html

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. For some voters, sound-bytes are a substitution for thought. For others, blame the current administration for their troubles. The common denominator is they don’t read, never do a logic check, and the consider Fox News fair and balanced.

  3. How do you simplify, disseminate, and repeat the point that Romney’s imbalanced tax policies towards Wall Street are causing American main street to deteriorate, while Obama’s balance between government and industry is rooted in historical success for everyone? Have Democrats crafted easy to digest sound bites? When do you stop sending the stammering David Axelrod and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz out to talk for you, and instead employ respected, articulate surrogates to hammer home the importance of Obama’s balanced economic approach – Andy Grove, Warren Buffet, Steven Rattner, Eric Schmidt, Bill Clinton, Ted Strickland, manufacturing execs, tech execs, etc.?

    Some of these voters may have tuned Obama out. But some can be forced to tune back in with an effective team approach conducted by respected team members. I love Obama as much as anyone, but he shouldn’t stand alone.

    • All great points, especially with the reference to Debbie Schultz. I’ve seen here sputter too many times. I have been saying for a long time now that the Dems need a communications bulldog(s) who can produce those easily understood talking points and debunk the false claims from Fox news and the Right, dispelling that “invented Obama” they’ve produced.

      I wholeheartedly agree with you. We need some effective communicators out there. How many times does the communications game have to be lost to the GOP before the Dems change their strategy?

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