viernes, 1 de junio de 2012

Rasmussen: Obama es percibido como muy ideológico



Scott Rasmussen:

The Obama campaign's early attempts to attack Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital or present him as too extreme to be president have not worked out all that well so far. The early stumbles have created a flurry of commentaries wondering what's wrong with the team that performed so flawlessly in Election 2008.
The answer may have nothing to do with the Obama campaign and have everything to do with the fact that Romney appears to be a tougher target than anticipated.
On the Bain Capital front, 44 percent of voters say Romney's business experience there is primarily a reason to vote for him, and only 33 percent see it as a negative. More importantly, though, a solid majority of voters believes that venture capital firms are better at job creation than new government programs.
That creates a major challenge for the Obama team: How can they go after Romney as a venture capitalist without appearing to attack the free market system that Americans wholeheartedly embrace?
Adding to the challenge for the president is that attacking venture capital firms reinforces a perception that he is already too far to the left on economic issues.
Most voters think cutting government spending will be good for the economy but feel the president wants more spending instead. Seventy percent of voters believe the president is politically liberal. That figure includes 46 percent who say he is very liberal. That's not where you want to be perceived in a center-right nation.
Overall, 43 percent of voters consider themselves conservative and just 26 percent liberal. Mostly, though, voters are pragmatic rather than ideological, and there is a distrust of those who are seen as strongly ideological. Only a modest number of voters describe themselves as either very conservative or very liberal, leaving more than seven out of 10 voters closer to the center.
That's where they perceive Romney to be. Fifty-six percent of voters see Romney as either politically moderate or somewhat conservative.
This creates another major challenge for the Obama team: How can they paint Romney as ideologically extreme when voters see the president as the more ideological candidate?

2 comentarios:

Gawyn dijo...

No estoy demasiado de acuerdo, aunque comprendo esa percepción. Creo que muchos conservadores ya la tenían, en uno u otro grado, desde que Obama ganó las primarias demócratas en 2008. Y es que aunque Obama no sea demasiado partisan, se apoyó en un sector del Partido que sí lo es: los mismos que apoyaron a Dean en 2004.

Antxon Garrogerrikabeitia dijo...

La percepción no tiene por qué ser la realidad. Esto también le pasaba a Bush. Un Presidente que expandió el gasto en educación, percibido como muy conservador, por su cercanía a los evangélicos y por su imagen de halcón en política exterior. Y fue la razón por la que tuvo una reelección complicada en un año en el que se estaba creando empleo a un ritmo bastante aceptable. Pero Bush pudo describir a Kerry como un radical de izquierda por su historiald e votos en el Senado, por su pertenencia al movimiento pacifista después de volver de Vietnam, que tanto ofendió a los veteranos, etc. En cambio, presentar a Romney como extremista ideológico es tarea más complicada.