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The Election, Economy, and Policy Implications
Friday, November 09 2012
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These observations about the economy and election are based primarily on a new election night survey conducted for the Economy Media Project — conducted the nights of November 6th and 7th — with 800 voters.  This is a unique survey that explores why people voted the way they did, the impact of the economy, and the policy implications.

  • The public mood on the macro economy, personal finances, and the job market all ticked up just before Election Day, but basic indicators of personal financial circumstances have not improved and remain tough for people.
  • Those who either voted for or considered voting for Obama did so first because of his economic actions — getting through the crisis—but also his future plans, including getting the rich to pay more.  They also supported him because of the Affordable Care Act and Medicare, as well as his support for women and minorities.
  • The vote against Romney was single-minded: Romney was for the rich and out of touch with the middle class, re-enforced by the 47 Percent and Bain Capital.
  • This was a battle for the future of the middle class and Obama won that war.
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