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Patch’s Poll: Do You Trust Obama or Romney With Fixing the Economy?

The latest poll puts Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama in a dead heat among voters, with the economy still being the top issue.

Mitt Romney stood before the Republican National Convention delegates on Thursday and proclaimed, as he has done over the past year, that he was the best person to fix the broken economy.

“(President Obama’s) promises gave way to disappointment and division,” Romney told the delegates, as reported by The Tucson Citizen. “This isn’t something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we can do something. And, with your help, we will do something.”

Meanwhile, the economy is still the hot issue this year, given the high unemployment numbers and low growth. According to the National Journal, both Romney and Obama are in a dead heat when it comes to who would be better at economic issues.

The economy is still the most important issue for 71 percent of the voters, the article noted.

This week, we head into the Democratic National Convention, where the political left will explain why Obama should stay in office and why he deserves another four years as commander in chief.

When comparing the two candidates, who do you think is better at economic issues? President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Paul Chotkowski September 06, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Ms. Petersen SCOTUS created a “right” to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment allowing a woman to kill her child in the first trimester of pregnancy. To argue that women were second class citizens before they were allowed to do so is at best rhetorically excessive. For the record “nature and nature’s God” grants rights not the government. When you allow government to “grant” you rights one must then allow for the possibility that government can take away those “rights” [watch out for that petard]. Possibly one of the strongest conservative arguments against the Progressive / Socialist view of the powers of the State. The court never created a “balance test” between the 1st & 14th Amendments and at last check the Hyde Amendment is still the law of the land. Funding for Planned Parenthood is not a Constitutional or Natural right. Funding for contraceptives, abortifacients, & sterilizations under Obama Care is not a Constitutional or Natural right. These items are commodities / services & as such they may / may not be paid for by the government [which frankly should have been the question rather than compelling the Catholic Church].There is Constitutional amendment process & that is the only way a SCOTUS granted right can be rescinded. Asserting that Congress & Romney as POTUS deciding not to fund these commodities would make you a second class citizen is a contention totally without merit. But it's about feeling not facts isn't it?
MAC September 06, 2012 at 03:45 AM
The Romneys and Ryans embody traditional American values, but beyond that--the stark differences in the values and Principles of the D & R parties are brilliantly highlighted by the obvious old-fashioned goodness and patriotism omnipresent at the GOP convention last week. That is in vivid contrast to DEM speaker (and HHS Sec.) K. Sebelius' comments about "motherhood as a liability" and womanhood as a "pre-existing condition." The DNC abortion fest is revealing, to Americans paying attention, exactly why "GOD" was taken out, this year, of the Democratic platform!! Shameful. Some highlights from former Dem Artur Davis' riveting speech endorsing Mitt Romney at the GOP Convention last week (in 2008 he seconded Obama's nomination): ..."We have a country to turn around. This week you will nominate the most experienced executive 
to seek the presidency in 60 years in Mitt Romney. "He has no illusions about what makes America great, and he doesn’t confuse the presidency with 
celebrity, or loftiness with leadership."... "Maybe we should have known that night in Denver that things that begin with plywood Greek
 columns and artificial smoke typically don’t end well."... "John F. Kennedy asked us what we could do for America. This Democratic Party asks what can 
government give you. Don’t worry about paying the bill, it’s on your kids and grandkids. http://campaigntrailreport.com/2012/08/28/rep-artur-davis-gop-convention-speech-video
James King September 06, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Sarah, Sorry you were hard hit by the meltdown. You, like most, have no doubt suffered through no fault of your own. The meltdown was not caused primarily by too little regulation of the private sector banks, mortgage loan originators, etc., Rather it resulted from too little regulation of the government's own economic activities. Just one additional regulation could have prevented the entire meltdown, and it would have gone something like this: "The Federal Government will neither purchase nor guarantee any mortgage in which the borrower did not put down at least 20%, and in which the borrower has not clearly demonstrated the probable ability to keep up with the payments." To address the financial meltdown disaster, thousands of pages of additional private sector regulations have been generated, very few of which will do any good. But consider: Fannie, Freddie, FHA, The Fed, et. al. are not even mentioned in these regulations. Example: Dodd/Frank. It would seem that the true purpose of all these new restrictions on the private sector is to divert our attention from the more fundamental problem: the federal government's imprudent and unjustified involvement in the financial market, especially the residential real estate credit market.
Ray Elling September 07, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Right on, Lisa. Romney would do fine for the 1%, but would be a disaster for most of us.
Betty September 09, 2012 at 07:11 PM
NEXT! Anybody but Obama sums it up for me. The major and only issue should be the economy. We need to bring American businesses that have moved manufacturing and operations off shore back to America. American companies that operate totally in America should be rewarded, those that don't should be taxed as an incentive to return. Products produced in America should carry a uniform logo, in a uniform position, it would help consumers to select products that help bring jobs back home. I find Michele Obama's excessive travel in these difficult times, at the tax payer's expense, disgraceful. She should have brought attention, press, and help to the Gulf not living it up in Spain while so many Americans faced disaster.

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