Poll: Obama better for Americans' wallets

A similar survey conducted in July showed the 2 major candidates tied.

By Jonathan Berr Oct 16, 2012 7:48AM

Americans increasingly believe they will be better off financially if President Barack Obama is re-elected, according to a poll released Monday by Bankrate.com (RATE). The results are a bit of good news for the incumbent, who is trying to regain lost momentum since his recent lackluster debate performance.


The poll of more than 1,000 adults, conducted by Princeton Data Source, shows 29% of respondents believe Obama is better for them financially, compared with 20% who believe Republican challenger Mitt Romney would benefit them more.


A similar poll conducted in July showed the two candidates in a tie at 21%. The margin of error is 3.7 percentage points. Not surprisingly, 62% of Americans say their personal financial situation is an important factor in their vote.


"I was a little bit surprised to see the change that happened since we did the last survey," Claes Bell, a senior banking analyst with Bankrate.com, said, adding that the survey also found that voters who feel they are worse off financially are more likely to support Romney.


Both Obama and Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, are tied in many polls. The economy is at best a mixed bag for Obama. While unemployment recently fell below 8%, it is still high. The real-estate market is showing signs of improvement, albeit at a snail's pace. Many investors and business executives are worried about the fiscal cliff, though the Republicans deserve some of the blame for the looming draconian cuts to government spending as well.


Both candidates claim to be champions of the middle class, tough they both have vastly differing approaches to the economy. The Bush tax cuts are a case in point. Obama advocates extending them for a year for households earning less than $250,000 a year.   Romney favors making the reductions, passed in 2001 and 2003, permanent. Some leaders, such as New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, say both approaches are wrong and say the Bush tax cuts should be allowed to lapse because the U.S. cannot afford to keep them. They are scheduled to expire in 2013.

As the election draws closer, Obama will need to prove to voters that he has done the best he could with the cards he was dealt and if Americans stay the course better economic times lie ahead. That is a tough sell even in the best of times.

"The agenda and the election are being driven a lot by that personal economic fear," Matthew Singer, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Connecticut, told Bankrate.

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Oct 16, 2012 12:00PM

The statement that "Republicans deserve some of the blame for the looming draconian cuts to government spending" is true, but it  makes them look like they are the only bad guys in the group.  Overspending by government is the reason for the looming cuts.  The above statement would be the same as saying my boss is a bad guy because he has to make cuts to keep the company afloat.  We, as Americans, one whole group, are broke.  Wake up and smell the coffee.


I am really tired of 'facts' being spewed and then slanted with opinions. The fact is we are heavily in debt.  The fact is that we ALL had a part in it.  The fact is we need to pay our debts and cuts are coming.  Economics is not rocket science, and polls on opinions don't prove a mathematical calculation. 

Oct 16, 2012 11:59AM

In the process of receiving my bachelors and masters degrees (which I paid for myself, without student loans) I took four courses in statistics and several other courses that had a lot of stats in them. One of my professors was a professional statistician for the State of California. He said one statement about stats that was very telling. "You can tell a lot more about the results of a study by looking at who funded it than by looking at the numbers in the study."

Oct 16, 2012 2:37PM

Here is my poll.

Like for Romney/Ryan

Dislike for Obama/Biden

Show MSNBC a real poll!!!



Oct 16, 2012 2:47PM

Every time I fill up my car I would like to kick obama square in the nuts---

All who agree give me a thumbs up!!

Oct 16, 2012 11:45AM



I just got my Insurance contract for 2013 and my COPAY for GENERIC drugs is double , from $5 to $10 of what it used to be  so we can give FREE CONTRACEPTION to SANDRA and all her other IVY LEAGUE OVERAGED  STUDENT'S.


Why can't you go to Planned Parenthood ot Walmart like everyother woman had for the past 4 decades?





Oct 16, 2012 11:55AM

 The current economic direction is to kick the can down the road.


 It's like taking a payday loan and thinking you are better off because you suddenly have more money.


This country needs wealth creation, NOT enabling re-distribution. Ask yourself, are any of the present stimulus measures actually sustainable ? Will they create enough wealth to pay for themselves ? If no, then it just make things worse in the long run. Wake up, stop looking for a free lunch. It is a trick

Oct 16, 2012 11:45AM

"Obama better for Americans' wallets"  What a joke of a statement. All he want's to do is socialize my country, tax, tax, tax. I voted for him & I really wanted to give him a chance, but his presidency has been a joke.


I'll take Jimmy Carter any day. His performance at the debate was pitiful & it finally showed me that this guy is a Dud.

Oct 16, 2012 1:30PM
Stop the constant campaigning for Obama. No. the incompetent fool has not been better for anyone's wallet. Every week some liberal idiot digs up some erroneous and misleading statistics to try to justify what would be a poor choice for president Get him out office as soon as possible before he does more damage..
Oct 16, 2012 2:07PM
Obama has been doing nothing but creating government dependancy. Remember, a government that gives you everything, is a government that can take everything away.
Oct 16, 2012 2:31PM

This is the biggest crock of BS ever--

Everyone I know is hurting BIG TIME due to this failure of a president's piss poor energy policy and overall inattention to leading this country.



Oct 16, 2012 2:30PM
cutting spending = lower taxes eventually, and it aint going to happen with obama
Oct 16, 2012 2:31PM
Obama will continue to destroy this country. Before you vote watch obama 2016. Although some of it seems a bit over the top, its very hard to ignore what is in front of your face. Mr. President please step down and step aside. you are not up to the job and thats ok but please for the good of the country please drop from the running and don't cause any more damage.
Oct 16, 2012 11:53AM
Obama has not been better for my wallet for the last four years, why would I think he would be better for it in the next four...typical libtard press Obamapologists trying to keep the Incompentent One in power.
Oct 16, 2012 2:27PM
Did the do this poll at the welfare line? That is the only wallets going to be helped with Obama in office again.
Oct 16, 2012 1:20PM
The question wil  you better off with Obama? or Romney? Before you answer you had better check on the things in Obamacare that have been delayed to kick in after the 2012 election. I personally have had four years of barely hanging on. Time for a "Real Change".
Oct 16, 2012 11:55AM

Must Be kinda Stupid Writers or Editor -- Missing Basic Economics.. 


        Or your a fired Liberal Socialist on the Obama-Nation payroll.


What happened to Obama’s  OPEN AND TRANSPARENT – it’s now  Hidden and Faked..

     Like HOPE AND CHANGE   turned to Bait and Switch and now its Dirty Politics as USUAL…

           The US Citizens should be HOPING for a CHANGE in 2012, Obama has done NOTHING in 4 years…

 for the Average US Taxpayer except  screw US all with Obama-Care which is really a TAX.

Fuel is UP from $ 1.62 in 2008  to  yesterday at $ 3.91

,  Taxes are UP, Hidden Taxes are UP,   Inflation is 11% since 2008, 

                 Oil & Electric  up  241% with no investigation,

 NEW TAX called ObamaCare (Taxation without Representation – that was bait & switch) 


Poverty Line from 2008 at $ 21,200  to  $ 23,744 in 2012,

 Average income down from $ 51,200 in 2008     to 43,500 in 2012….

Exactly WHAT has Obama done for Me???? 

 Lowered me from Middle Class  via something called   “Trickle UP Poverty….


HERE IS  Number 2:

   Why would Obama spend 4-million of campaign money hiding and suppressing

records for Schools, Grants Jobs and Harvard Law..????

Because he has MUCH TO HIDE more than Romney..

 Obama has really average grades in Columbia  and only got into Harvard on

Affirmative Action Programs and someone pulling strings for him – HE OWES SOMEONE.!!!...

     Also, at the time Obama got Harvard Law Review because he was on the review, could

not write and was Black.  The University needed an Example and Figurehead.. 

Obama wrote NOTHING of Value….  Just Like in the Executive Office Nothing in 4 years..

Obama has NEVER had a real job other than an Community Organizer – all you do is talk…

Guess he is qualified for that – in 4 years all has been Vacations, Golf, and Talk Crap.

Oct 16, 2012 2:28PM

This is the biggest BS poll of all time.  Everyone I know is hurting due to Bozo's inept energy policy and overall failure to lead.


Bozo MUST go!!!

Oct 16, 2012 12:01PM

I am better off now than 4 years ago.  I was better 4 years ago than I was 8 years ago.  So, the president shouldn't determine my standing and success.

The thing that gets me a bit worried is the inflation we will experience as the government programs have expanded in the last decade.  You can't print money to get out of this, Washington.  We will dearly pay for these, particularly those dependent on the government for their check.

Oct 16, 2012 1:53PM

Sydswife: "My husband and I have always gotten at tax refund of close to $3500 a year - which is something we count on for home improvements, vacation, etc. Imagine our disappointment two years ago when we not only didn't get a refund but we owed for the first time ever. Our income hadn't changed and our deductions were the same. This year was a repeat. Then our health insurance increased by $300 a month. And it costs twice as much to fill my car as it did four years ago. This question is a no-brainer."

Don't know the particulars for your tax liability, but if you had a mortgage and you paid some of the principle off, you would have paid less interest and would have had less write-offs. If you owned real estate, your property taxes should have gone up or down depending on if your property went up or down in value and was reassessed and won't be the same.  Your health insurance going up is more likely due to the insurance company getting as much of a raise as possible before the AHC goes into effect to try to sqeeze in profits.  Inflation will happen whoever is in office.  That's why a 5 cent candy bar is now a dollar and gas used to be 45 cents a gallon. It only goes higher with time.

Oct 16, 2012 10:21AM
The very wealthy have survived well through the recession.
The middle class is still struggling. Many voters want a president who they think understands what the middle class has been going though for the past several years.
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