This morning at Politico, of all places:
.... In our latest POLITICO-George Washington University Battleground Poll with middle-class families, which comprise about 54 percent of the total American electorate and usually split in their vote behavior between Republicans and Democrats, Romney holds a 14-point advantage (55 percent to 41 percent).
- are more inclined to believe the country is on the wrong track (34 percent right direction, 62 percent wrong track),
- are more likely to hold an unfavorable view of Obama (48 percent favorable, 51 percent unfavorable), and
- hold a more favorable view of Romney (51 percent favorable, 44 percent unfavorable) and Paul Ryan (46 percent favorable, 35 percent unfavorable) than the overall electorate.
These middle-class families also hold a majority disapproval rating on the job Obama is doing as president (45 percent approve, 54 percent disapprove), and turn even more negative toward Obama on specific areas;
- the economy 56 percent disapprove;
- spending 61 percent disapprove;
- taxes, 53 percent disapprove;
- Medicare 48 percent disapprove;
- and even foreign policy 50 percent disapprove.
All of this data make clear that Romney has won the strong support of middle-class families and is leading the president on an overwhelming majority of key measurements beyond just the ballot.
In fact, when respondents were asked who, Obama or Romney, would best handle a variety of issues, Romney led on all but one including
- the economy (+9 percent),
- foreign policy (+3 percent),
- spending (+15 percent),
- taxes (+7 percent),
- Medicare (+2 percent), and
- jobs (+10 percent).
Ironically, the one measurement Obama led Romney on was “standing up for the middle class” (+8 Obama), reinforcing that often the Democrats win the message war with the middle class, but not their hearts and souls....