For excellent analysis of all the most critical issues to the 2012 U.S. elections in America, see “Campaign 2012” of the Pew Research Center.
- Are Americans better off today? Well, they’re not worse off. And partisanship has much to do with their view: “Republicans consistently rate their personal finances more positively than do Democrats or independents, largely reflecting Republicans’ higher average income levels. But the gap has narrowed since the start of the recession in December 2007, as Republicans have come to view their financial situations less positively.”
- In a word: Obama has gone from “inexperienced” and “change” in 2008 to “good/good man” and “trying/tried/tries” in 2012. Romney? “honest,” “businessman,” “rich.”
- Tax hikes on those making $250,000 a year? 44% say it would help economy, 22% say hurt, and 24% say no difference.
There’s much more on the website, including the latest voter polls.