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AP: Most Doubt President Affects Economy

From the Associated Press:

Poll: Half doubt next president will alter economy

AP-GfK Poll: Half think outcome of presidential race won’t mean much change for economy

By Connie Cass, Associated Press | June 25, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to the economy, half of Americans in a new poll say it won’t matter much whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins — even though the presidential candidates have staked their chances on which one would be better at fixing the economic mess.

People are especially pessimistic about the future president’s influence over jobs, according to the Associated Press-GfK poll. Asked how much impact the November winner will have on unemployment, 6 in 10 gave answers ranging from slim to none.

Isn’t that awfully handy? Back on May 10th a AP-GfK poll found that "Americans are growing more pessimistic about the economy and handling it remains President Barack Obama’s weak spot and biggest challenge in his bid for a second term."

So it is pretty fortunate that most people suddenly think it doesn’t matter who is President.

Still, does this mean they will stop blaming Bush for the economy in these same polls? Such as in this June 14, 2012 poll from Gallup: Americans Still Blame Bush More Than Obama for Bad Economy.

Yet the candidates, the polls and the pundits agree — the economy is the issue of 2012. Can either man convince voters that he would set things right?

James Gray of Snow Hill, N.C., is skeptical. "It doesn’t look to me like the economy or nothing gets better no matter who you’ve got up there," Gray said. "I don’t know why it is."

A retired policeman, Gray plans to vote for Romney and thinks the Republican might win. But Gray doesn’t have much hope that would improve the economy

[Maria] Fisher, a preschool teacher at the YMCA, said she favors Romney because he’s a Republican and a successful businessman. She’s ready "to give him the chance to fix all these problems," she said, but doubts there’s much the president can do.

Isn’t it funny how they always find Republicans who say exactly what the AP want to have said?

Lots of Obama supporters feel the same way. "The office of the president as a single person doesn’t have as much influence as we generally attribute to them," said Jeff Guertin, a mechanical engineer in Bedford, N.H., who wants to keep Obama in office

Unless it is President Bush, who is to blame for everything.

Guertin said a president is limited by Congress’ willingness to go along with his ideas, as well as all sorts of other factors, including world events, that affect whether the U.S. economy grows or shrinks.

Isn’t that funny. That is exactly what the AP and Obama now want us to think.

Asked how much impact the person living in the White House in 2013 will have on the overall economy, 48 percent in the survey say a "great deal" or "a lot." Fifty percent give answers ranging from "just some" to no impact.

Republicans are more likely than Democrats to predict that the winner’s imprint will be felt: 58 percent say the election’s outcome will affect the economy. Yet fewer than half of Republicans foresee much impact on joblessness.

On the nation’s huge budget deficits, a majority of people surveyed — 55 percent — say the presidential winner will have from just some to no impact.

You see? Obama has had little to no impact on our budget deficits. It’s all an illusion.

Those with little confidence that the winner can fix things are also more pessimistic overall — just 32 percent of them think the economy will improve in the coming year. In contrast, among those who expect a substantial impact from the election’s outcome, almost half think the economy will get better.

So we might as well all vote for Obama.

Everett Hickman, an Obama supporter, said he thinks both campaigns overplay how much a president can do.

"The federal government has some influence over the economy," said Hickman, a retired radio news reporter living in Charlotte, N.C. "It doesn’t have the kind of push-pull, click-clack control that some people seem to think, or pretend to think."

It’s no wonder a reporter would be so uninformed.

Still, there is a one good answer to this latest propaganda ploy from the AP.

President Ronald Reagan.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “AP: Most Doubt President Affects Economy”

  1. AcornsRNutz

    They are right. There is nothing a president can “do” per se, but there are a hell of a lot of things he could NOT do, and that would be extremely beneficial. And frankly, if there is any “doing” to be done it is UNdoing, which is something as an absolute fact only one candidate can do. Therefore, a check in the Romney box or we stay screwed. May not put a chicken in every pot overnight, but then again, every time that getds promised what do we end up with?

  2. If the President has little or no effect on the economy, and the United States’ economy operates as a function of the world economy and under the heel of congress and at the whims of subtle fate, then how is it any country is any richer than any other? Oh, that’s right. We steal everything we have, effectively cheating the rest of the world. It all falls into the narrative the left would have us believe.

    Fate being the excuse for the bad economy shows a self absorbed desperation that I didn’t think we’d see till at least September or October. It puts a nice little bow on the Obama campaign. Can’t run on his record (not his fault). Can’t run on Healthcare (ready to be ruled unconstitutional). Can’t run on green energy (too many people out of work to talk about ANY kind of jobs) Can’t run on Peace in our time. (Iran is close to nukes, and Obie lit the fuse on Arab Spring. At least that’s what he was telling us at the beginning. Now we’re brushing it under the rug and sending congrads to terrorists in the new Egyptian government.) Can’t run on kitchen table issues. (Too many people are burning their kitchen tables for warmth) Can’t run on hope & change. (Now We know what that means, and nobody wants more) So what does Obama have to run on? Let’s get right down to the nitty gritty.

    FATE (truly the one at fault here, let’s face it) is an evil racist mainstream Republican. He hates Obama, and he wants to push old people in wheelchairs over cliffs. He dreams of a day when the waters of the Earth are all toxic. A place where the air is so polluted with CO2 and other harmful man made gasses that you need a rebreather to go outside. A time where all Americans are beaten and impoverished because of Corporate greed and the very existence of Big Oil. (Think a cranky Darth Vader with a don’t tread on me bumper sticker on his chestplate)
    Oh, and Romney is bad… yeah, that’s the ticket. Don’t forget that Romney is BAAAAAD… Put it on signs. Put it on billboards. Put it on bumper stickers… Stop the Hate… Vote Obama.

    I just threw up in my mouth… just a little.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Seems to me that the national socialists, who confuse “discipline” with “cruelty” also confuse “cool” with “right and good”. It’s a carry-over from “if it feels good, do it” and the parochial attitude of a child who thinks that eating cookies for lunch is ok because they taste better than a salad and tuna fish.

      Truly, they’re that stupid. Then, the stupidity is magnified by their “discovery” when things don’t go as planned. How do they “fix” things? More policy, more regulation, more rules, more criticism of those who aren’t thinking correctly.

      They never realize or understand their own human failings. Then, when they are pointed to the knowledge of the founding fathers and how they anticipated this, they get more angry and can only see the founding fathers as “greedy slave-owners”. Then, when you point out that they, the lawmakers are all very wealthy and are living well above the lives of the people they represent, they get furious.

      Maybe common-sense is truly dead.

  3. P. Aaron

    Let’s test this poll for accuracy: vote for the challenger and let’s see if the economy improves.


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