Candidates' economic plans get negative marks
June 13th, 2012
08:30 AM ET
8 years ago

Candidates' economic plans get negative marks

(CNN) – Neither Mitt Romney nor President Barack Obama has an economic plan that's popular with independent voters, according to a national poll released Wednesday.

The Washington Post/ABC News survey indicated 54% of independents have an unfavorable view of Obama's plan for the economy, with 47% saying they view Romney's economic plan unfavorably. Thirty-eight percent viewed Obama's plan favorably, compared to 35% who felt the same about Romney's plan.

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The economy consistently ranks as voters' top issue heading into November's general election, beating out national security and social issues as the problem at the forefront of Americans' minds. A disappointing jobs report from May and Europe's debt crisis have both contributed to financial unease heading into five months of heavy campaigning from Obama and Romney.

The survey showing negative marks for each candidate's economic plan reflected strong racial divides among Americans – White voters were split on Romney's plan, with 42% viewing it favorably and 42% viewing it unfavorably. Minority voters were far less positive. Sixty-eight percent of black voters, and 48% of Latino voters, viewed the Republican candidate's plan unfavorably.

Both groups gave much higher marks to Obama – 81% of black voters, and 59% of Latino voters, view the plan proposed by the Democrat incumbent favorably.

Romney, however, has greater room for improvement than Obama – 16% of all adults said they were undecided on his economic plan, while only 7% were undecided on Obama's.

The Washington Post/ABC News poll was conducted by telephone from 1,007 adults between June 6-10. The sampling error was 3.5 percent.

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Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (16 Responses)

    Willard's economic plan is Bush's on steroids. We've been down that road before. I'll stick with 4 more years of job creating Obama.

    June 13, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
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    June 13, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  3. King

    why would folks disagree about modernizing America, and agree to deregulate and give more money to the rich, so that the income gap can stretch even wider and throw us into a third world country, hey that's the magic of big corporate spending to take logical thinking out of the minds of the gullible. China competing to take away American jobs already have started.

    June 13, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  4. MikeTexoma

    It is a long time from now until November.True independents will pay attention to economic platforms at both conventions, and to the speeches, and learn much about the different visions and philosophies that drive the parties and the candidates toward disparate visions of the future.

    June 13, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. JPNAmerican

    Did I miss something here? What is Romney's economic plan. And if it's just cut taxes on the rich and raise the defense budget then that's a terrible plan

    June 13, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. RealityBites

    Meanwhile.., In Mexico, only 35% think Obama deserves a second term.
    43% oppose it completely.

    June 13, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  7. chuck weidemann

    So a large majority of black and Latino voters know Romney favors the wealthy and half the white independent voters recognized this as well. Sounds like the white voter is slowly catching on.....doesn't matter the color of your skin, It's the color of your money that matters to the business man who wants to buy the presidency!!!! Keep funding public education and we will keep getting a better educated voting base....very bad circumstances for teapublicans!!!

    June 13, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. g

    like mitt says corp, are people -why should other people have to pay for your health care and pensions–beware of what you wish for it could cost you

    June 13, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. Norma Vessels

    Anyone who wants to keep their Social Security intact, and their Medicare intact, for the future, will NOT vote for Mr. Romney! Anyone who wants to see jobs steadily grow, to see our future on the rise, will NOT vote for Mr. Romney!

    June 13, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Paul Ryan's Budget Plan is Romney's plan for the economy which means the American people will be sold and traded in the Wall Street stock market just like cattle. This means Romney's big donors will double down on their returns because Romney is their cash cow and you are no more than a commodity.

    June 13, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. Peace

    These are bad news for Romney. How can a good thinker change what they have, with something which is exactly the same!

    June 13, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. Publius Novus

    And Romney's plan is what, double down on Bush 43's policies? That didn't work too well–for 98% of us.

    June 13, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  13. GL

    Both groups gave much higher marks to Obama – 81% of black voters, and 59% of Latino voters, view the plan proposed by the Democrat incumbent favorably.

    Sorry independent voters will not be the deciding voters for this election because they are too wishes washes.

    June 13, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. asdf

    Wow that's excellent, CNN. How about reporting on what's in the plans next instead of just how people feel about it?

    June 13, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney wants to add nearly a trilion dollars to the annual deficit, hoping revenue will roll in.
    Barack Obama's plan would reduce the annual deficit by adding revenue and cutting spending.

    Romney has not said where he would make his trillion dollars in cuts. Why? Because a trillion dollar cut in the annual budget would pull the rug out from under the economy, plunging us into recession.

    June 13, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. Four and The Door

    Very few voters have taken the time to understand the candidate's economic plans. This changes quickly once debates begin. However, Obama's plan is easy to understand both in terms of what it involves and what is will produce. Just look back at 2009 and 2010. This expensive and failed approach is being warmed over for 2012. No thanks. We can do better.

    June 13, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |