Wednesday, August 01, 2012

New Polls!!!!

* A new poll this morning shows President Obama hitting the magical 50% number.

- Washington Post:

President Obama has cracked 50 percent and is leading presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney in a trio of key swing states, according to new polling.

The CBS News/New York Times/Quinnipiac University polls show Obama ahead of Romney in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, all by at least six points. Obama is up in Florida 51 percent to 45 percent; in Ohio 50 percent to 44 percent; and in Pennsylvania by double digits — 53 percent to 42 percent.....

...Perhaps most revealing is a question about whether the candidates “understand the needs and problems of people like you.” In all three states, Obama cracks 50 percent, and in all three states, voters say by a significant margin that they do not feel that way about Romney....

Does this mean that Romney and his dressage horse, house with car elevators, numerous homes, 13% tax rate, an overseas trip filled with gaffes, and "corporations are people too" remark aren't getting American voters to fall in love with Romney?????  I'm shocked!

- The Detroit Free Press is reporting on the release of another poll in Michigan:

...In the presidential race, Lansing-based EPIC-MRA released a poll of 600 likely voters on Tuesday showing the Democrat, Obama, leading presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney 48%-42%. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points for the survey, which was conducted July 24-31.....

Hotline On Call has more poll results:

Three incumbent Democratic senators, each running in an important presidential battleground state, hold significant leads over their Republican opponents, according to new Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times polls released on Wednesday.

In Florida, Sen. Bill Nelson leads Republican Rep. Connie Mack, 47 percent to 40 percent. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown leads state Treasurer Josh Mandel, 51 percent to 39 percent. And, in Pennsylvania, Sen. Robert Casey has a commanding lead over GOP businessman Tom Smith, 55 percent to 37 percent....

....Brown and Casey hold double-digit advantages among self-identified independent voters, while in Florida Republican Mack leads Nelson among independents, 43 percent to 40 percent, a virtual tie...

- You have to wonder if the news about Republican Josh Mandel's investment portfolio had something to do with the poll. Let me refresh your memory with this from Think Progress:

...According to personal financial disclosure documents examined by ThinkProgress, Josh Mandel’s wife owns an undisclosed amount of ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury exchange-traded fund (ETF). This ETF aggressively “shorts” U.S. Treasury bills, meaning that it bets against U.S. debt and spikes when Treasury bill values drop. If a default were to occur, the desirability of Treasury bills would plummet and Mandel’s ETF would skyrocket in value.

That precise scenario could become more likely if Mandel wins his race against Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH). One of the top issues Mandel lists on his website is to “Stop increasing the debt ceiling.” Similarly, when Congress was embroiled in the debt ceiling fight last year, he stated that he “would have voted against the debt deal” that narrowly staved off a default....

Josh Mandel is betting against the USA.

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 ••••  Yo!  Ohio Farmers! •••• Read this!!!! •••••
The U.S. Senate passed the farm bill, but John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and the Tea Party Republicans are refusing to have a vote on it.  Do you see what voting for Republicans does to the country?  The House Republican leadership won't have a vote on the farm bill but they'll vote again, and again, and again, and again, to restrict abortion, give more tax cuts for the rich, and repeal the Affordable Care Act.   You can contact Steve Stivers at his contact page.   Boehner can be reached at (202) 225-0600 or (513) 779-8435. Cantor's numbers are (202) 225-4000 or (804) 747-4073 or (202) 225-2815.  Boehner, Cantor, and Stivers are trying to keep the tax cuts going for millionaires, and billionaires, so they might be busy talking to them instead of America's food producers!