Poll: Perry, Romney better than Obama for economy
October 6th, 2011
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Poll: Perry, Romney better than Obama for economy

Washington (CNN) – More American voters believe GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney would do a better job handling the economy than President Barack Obama, says a national poll released Thursday.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll, 49% of registered voters believe Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, would handle the economy better than the president. Thirty-nine percent of respondents said Obama would do a better job.

The poll indicates that if it's between Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the president results are much closer. Forty-five percent of respondents favor Perry on the economy while 42% prefer Obama. The three-point margin is within the sampling error of the survey.

The numbers are getting worse for Obama, though. When the same question was asked last month, Obama polled only 4% behind Romney and led Perry by 2%.

"The president is stuck at a politically unhealthy level for someone who wants to be re- elected," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "His standing with the American people is obviously closely related to their views of the economy."

When registered independents are asked the same question Romey outpaces Obama by 13%, according to the same Quinnipiac poll. But Perry and Obama are only 4% apart in that category, once again within the sampling error.

Even though voters see Romney and Perry as better stewards of the economy, a majority still blame former President George W. Bush for the country's economic woes. According to the poll, 51% of respondents blame Bush, compared to 32% that who blame Obama.

This number is relatively unchanged since September, when 53% blamed Bush and 32% blamed Obama.

"The political challenge for the president will be whether he can make voters believe his eventual GOP opponent is a carbon copy of the former president," said Brown. "The fact that voters are unsure whether the economy will improve if he is re-elected is not a good sign for Obama."

Quinnipiac University conducted the poll of 2,188 registered voters from September 27 to October 3. The poll was conducted by phone and has a sampling error of plus or minus 2.1 percent.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Let's get rational now

    Perry? Get real. The largest employer in Texas is Ft. Bliss in El Paso, TX. A military base. Government jobs. Something Perry rails against all the time. This shows that the electorate has not gotten any smarter since George Bush.

    That having been said I do think Romney would probably do as good a job with the economy as Obama. The problem is I just don't think anyone can work (republican or democrat) with the current Congress. The 40 odd tea party members of Congress would hold Romney hostage just as much as they hold Obama hostage. There are no winners with the present Congress. Boehner can't even control these people.

    October 6, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. California Conservative

    All this administration is doing is blaming anyone and everyone they can. They obviously do NOT care to do anything. They talk but no action.

    Still waiting for Obama to crate jobs. Shovel ready means digging your own grave.

    October 6, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. MTATL

    "Poll: Perry, Romney better than Obama for economy" Are you joking with Texas's $27B in debt and Perry borrowing money from the Federal government. GOP Senators giving $260,000 to squirrels in KY and $200,000 simulators for Tenn. and $3,100,000 to the Chattahoochee River National Rec. Area here in Georgia. Programs that President Obama introduced got me and many more into our first new homes and prevented the collapse of the banking and auto industries. What the heck has the GOP and the extremist actually done to improve anything on the job and economic fronts......NOTHING but hey I guess as long as the squirrels are taken care of Republicans think that is a step on road to recovery.

    October 6, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Anyone is better than Obama for the economy, with the exception of Hillary. She would have been just as bad, or worse.

    With his whining on his jobs bill........where was he 2 1/2 yrs. ago, when we needed job creation, and he was totally ignoring jobs, while forcing ObamaCare down the throats of the people, who totally opposed it? A little late to be whining now.

    October 6, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Republicans campaigned on and promised the voters jobs throughout 2010. The economy has actually gotten worse since the Tea Party has come to Congress.

    We had 18 straight months of monthly jobs growth; moving from -700,000 to +200,000. We had unemployment down to 8.8%, and it was at 7.8% when Obama took the oath. Wall Street had grown from an anemic 7000 to pushing 13,000. GDP went from contracting at -5% to growing at nearly +3%. The Tea Party coming to Congress reversed all of those trends.

    Even the price of gas has come down. Don't forget, that we had $4.50 gas *6 months before* Obama took the oath. The price fell because of the global financial crisis. It has risen as the global economy has recovered.

    October 6, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. New Age Independent

    Rudy, to say that the Tea Party has that much power is ludicrous. By your same argument, the Tea Party should claim responsibility for the price of gas falling. The truth is that Obama's policies have not been affected that much at all by the Tea Party. Lets not forget which party was in complete control for nearly 3 years! You appear to want to hold the Tea Party accountable for the bad things when they are not in control, but give Obama a pass when he was? Sorry, not buying the BS.

    October 6, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. NVa Native

    In our history nothing has been worse than having Repubs in the White House. We are still trying to recover from the Republican Great Depression and putting another one in would surely send us into the Second Great Depression.
    Obama is the best we have had in a long time, just thing how bad it would be if McCain/Palin had been able to do as the wanted – continue the Bush/Cheney policies that put our economy in the ditch.
    No matter how many lies are pumped out by the right-wing hacks – history will not be kind to all the Repubs and their followers who said "NO" to the US recovery.

    October 6, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. tnwoman1948

    If this poll is to be believed, the American people are hopelessly uninformed, impatient or just don't care. If we vote in another Republican administration we will get what we deserve. For over thirty years (and before) every administration has been complicit in shipping the American economy overseas to increase profits. Apparently the average American has not made the connection between the relatively newly prosperous workers in the BRIC nations and the economically hurting workers here at home. This situation will take years to balance itself out. Our leaders in the private sector and the public sector as well have such CONTEMPT for us.

    October 6, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Patricia Browne

    I believe President Obama has the American People's best interest in mind. Congress is getting away with keeping their own agenda! Taking care of the good old boys & avoiding any transparency so we can't see exactly who they are for & what they are doing. They are blocking any chance we have to save this country which I believe is on the brink of economical disaster.

    October 6, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. NVa Native

    The American people oppose the Repubs/fox version of what is in the Health Reform Act. All that means is that the right-wing spin machine is still good at lying to the country.

    When you ask people if they like what is actually in the Healthcare Reform Act ~ Americans overwhelmingly support it!

    October 6, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Steve, New York City

    Whoever had inherited the mess, left by President Cheney at the end of 2008, could very well be in similar straits at the current time. Should we believe that, under Romney, or (heaven forbid) in a situation with the dim-witted Perry in the oval office, that we'd somehow be in the midst of a jobs boom, with a shrinking deficit?
    Please tell me that people aren't that stupid!

    October 6, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. MANDIE61

    how soon do we forget. another republican in the white house would be horrible for this country. especially
    it is perry.

    October 6, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    We have seen enough economy growth from 2001 to 2008 surplus to debt simple we don’t want to go back there again

    October 6, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Len

    Hey, he is right.......there will be NO jobs but more cuts.......Wake up folks. Put your prejudice behind you. The GOP will do nothing to help the middle calss and poor. They only care about the upper 2% and big oil companies. Kow your history....Ronald Reagan raised taxes 7 times during his time in office.....He also said many times the millionaires must pay their fair share, not fair that they payless taxes then a bus driver. KNOW your history and wake up, the GOP and Tea Party are selling you down the river.....

    October 6, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. NVa Native

    trying to recover from the Republican Great Recession and putting another one in would surely send us into the Second Great Depression.

    October 6, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. Bill

    I feel sorry for all the people who really believe this. More importantly, I feel sorry for this country. Good point made by tnwmoan1948 – – we have sacraficed and lost our own standards of living and prosperity, while creating new wealth and a new middle class in other countries. My wife is from Brasil. Her family is buying real estate in South Florida faster that you can snap you fingers. And they pay cash. They are able to do this, because their economy is growing, there is new wealth, and a sense of optimism in that country. And America looks like a second rate economic power who can not even get their Congress to agree on the simplest of matters. What a tragic shame.

    October 6, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    @New Age Independent:
    If I should blame the Tea Party for the price of gas falling, then the Tea Party should stop blaming Obama for the *global* price of oil rising since 2008. You're correct about my bad memory. I do not recall Democrats having complete control of Congress for 3 years under Obama. I recall that type of control only lasted until 8-9 months, when Ted Kennedy passed and the filibusters began in the Senate. And yes, the power of the filibuster can bring everything to a halt.

    October 6, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. wow

    Can't you people see the status quo is not working? Repubs and Dems alike are all working for the same "good ol boys". It's not you or me. Stop touting Perry and Romney. They're just greedy men that care about nothing but money. Ron Paul is the only candidate at all that will help to get this country back to it's principles and allow us to once again say that we are proud to be Americans. AND quit making up these polls! Ron Paul 2012!

    October 6, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Bryan

    Most people don't believe that since it is ridiculous.

    October 6, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. AlaskaPalin

    If you are unemployed and voted for obama then its either you are to be blamed or he is to be blamed for your situation. 'The republicans did nothing'- they outfoxed him. 1. They called him socialist and he played right into their hands by not taking the economy in either direction thus creating uncertainty. 2.even when he compromised he was still branded a socialist who stood for nothing (weak leadership).
    3. The republicans were discipline in their stand and attacks where as the democrats were the most unreliable foot soldiers you will ever see – even with majorities in both houses. 4. The republicans made themselves the voice of the american people; whenever they speak you will hear the phrase 'the american people' repeated more often than when the democrats speak. 5. Obama was not specific on the economy whether what he proposed was deemed socialist or not- the way he is fighting now is what he should have done earlier. he should have said 'this is what I want and whatever the out come I will take the blame or praise'. The republicans say that government is not the answer so the stand they took is on principle. if you vote democrats the belief is that government helps so if that didnot happen then obama has failed you. He did not fight so he lost. Do you want four more years of this?

    October 6, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. annie s

    Lawdy. lawdy Americans are dumb. Sure. People with the exact same ideas as the people who destroyed our economy are the best people to fix it. Go figure.

    October 6, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. BinFL

    I fear for this country if this is really true. Romney is a professional candidate and an elitist to the max, which is supposedly what the Repubs/Tea Partiers hated about Obama even though our President came from modest means and was self-made. Perry is just an idiot and even worse than Bush. Did the Repubs put something in the air or water that caused people to forget the past and how we got into these tough times??? Really people...WAKE UP! This President is trying to move the needle and has the vision for where our country needs to go to compete in the 21st Century but the Repubs/Tea Partiers won't give him an inch and they don't care about the future, only about the next election!!

    October 6, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Great – Romney/Perry for President that is the answer. Republicans can go on with their convention new week, no need for additional discussion we've got the candidates and the solution. Perfect, let them do for the country what they have done for their individual states.

    October 6, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    It is SCARY that after Obama's disastrous 3 years that 39% think he would do a better job. There are a LOT of people in this country with very, very low or NO expectations if they would sign on for 4 more years of the Obama economic nightmare.

    October 6, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    it has alway be like this, the fat is that the politics in America today is not about creating a better economics for the America poeple, i do think is about winning the election in 2012. just to get the president out of office ,which i see as a short term political strategy, which is not a good quality of leaders, America is falling behind because of those strategies,Obama still remain a strong and decisive leader. even one of the best in America history. if the US is still going to be the world leader i think Obama will get re-elected with a land slide. thanks to his foreing policy the republicans are just saying no to US recovery just to get to the white house, which i think most American will realise before it is too late, or proposely vote the black man out of office.

    October 6, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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