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Patch’s Poll: Do You Trust Obama or Romney With Fixing the Economy?

The latest poll puts Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama in a dead heat among voters, with the economy still being the top issue.

Mitt Romney stood before the Republican National Convention delegates on Thursday and proclaimed, as he has done over the past year, that he was the best person to fix the broken economy.

“(President Obama’s) promises gave way to disappointment and division,” Romney told the delegates, as reported by The Tucson Citizen. “This isn’t something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we can do something. And, with your help, we will do something.”

Meanwhile, the economy is still the hot issue this year, given the high unemployment numbers and low growth. According to the National Journal, both Romney and Obama are in a dead heat when it comes to who would be better at economic issues.

The economy is still the most important issue for 71 percent of the voters, the article noted.

This week, we head into the Democratic National Convention, where the political left will explain why Obama should stay in office and why he deserves another four years as commander in chief.

When comparing the two candidates, who do you think is better at economic issues? President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

DON886 September 04, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Obama only seems to care about partisan politics and his re-election and want to move way too far in the direction of socialism.
Lisa Petersen September 04, 2012 at 03:30 AM
no way I'd vote for anyone who will make women second class citizens and take away rights
Andrew Ziemba September 04, 2012 at 07:19 AM
They are both the same on this issue. They serve the same masters and are both loyal to the NWO agenda and destroying the US Dollar.
Rob Sherry September 04, 2012 at 08:46 AM
Just remember that the Obama administration is so radical that 3x it has supported doctors performing partial birth abortion, abortions as late as the 8th and 9th month, when the baby has come out 100% viable. Obama has vetoed bi-partisian bills banning this practice in 2009, 2010 and 2011 demonstrating it's radical support of abortion (rather than being pro-choice). Lisa, is that your idea of taking away rights?
Harry Sawyer September 04, 2012 at 09:34 AM
Ah yes, a man with a brain... Thanks Andrew!!! The only way to fix the economy, is to give America back to the People. A free market, less government, less regulations, less taxes... Period. Any questions?????
Saul Freedman September 04, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Lisa, it must be hurt to be such a pawn in the fake "War on Women." How about Obama campaign and the White House paying women on average 10% less for the same work than their male counterparts? What a hypocrite Obama is. And you're the fool for buying in to it.
Saul Freedman September 04, 2012 at 12:19 PM
You might no longer have a job and have to be dependent on a government disability handout under Obama II, but at least you can kill your baby on demand and have all the sex you want with subsidized/free birth control.
Sarah Faulkner September 04, 2012 at 01:21 PM
The economy started the millenium with a budget in the red and booming economy. Eight years of Republican deregulation and trickle-down economics resulted in the worst recession since the great depression. Personally, I lost half my savings at a time when I needed to use them. In Obama's 3 /12 years things have improved, although not as much as anyone has wanted, mostly due to a Congress that will not compromise and work together. Why would we return to a party that wants to restore the very policies that caused the recession in the first place? What we need is to keep on the improvement trend with Obama and vote in some Congress reps that will work for the betterment of ALL people. And abortion, gay rights, and religion should have NO part of these discussions. Let's focus on the economy.
Saul Freedman September 04, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Obama had a Democrat monopoly on power the first two years of his administration, he didn't focus on the economy.
Sarah Faulkner September 04, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Not at all true. He re-installed oversight on the banks that had been removed by Bush's administration; continued the bail-outs of the failing banks but added accountability that had not bee included under Bush, and worked with the Fed to lower interest rates to boost the economy. It was his top priority!
Paul Chotkowski September 04, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Ms. Faulkner the reality is that the current economic system is unsustainable. No politician is willing in the short term to deal with a long term problems. There will be a global economic crash that will make the “Great Depression” look like a bad day at the races. Government is too big, it spends too much money [much on valueless programs], it owes too much money, it has made too many unfunded promises, it has taught dependence at the cost of self reliance for too long, & it continues to “kill the goose that laid the golden eggs” free market capitalism. For good or naught the US Dollar is the basis of world trade and near universal store of value. So when the system fails it will be world wide! Pain is coming. We are caught between cutting spending and fueling a deflationary spiral and allowing the FED to continue to digitize money and quietly enact QE3 which will eventually create massive inflation [think Weimarer Republik, Zimbabwe, or Argentina only worse because it will be world wide]. The FED thinks it’s smart enough for the first time in history to manage a “controlled inflation” of the dollar thereby reducing the real cost of paying back the government’s debt. In doing so it “taxes without representation” everyone with dollar denominated savings or investments and the Sheeple sit quietly while they are being sheared breathless awaiting the next season of American Idol - until the day comes that they can’t & then it’s not going to be pretty!
Fred September 04, 2012 at 05:07 PM
The last two years of Bush and the first two years of obama were controlled by both the house and senate run be democrat majorities. If you lost half your savings you could thank them but as a realist I would say it was your fault for not paying attention.
MAC September 04, 2012 at 07:31 PM
The DNC "abortion fest" starts today, which is going to reveal to Americans paying attention the obvious differences in the values and Principles of the two major parties. The GOP convention featured dozens of exciting speakers of all ethnicities, backgrounds, and superb accomplishments! Especially the women, such as NM governors Susana Martinez, Mary Fallin and Nikki Haley, Condoleezza Rice, Senator Kelly Ayotte, and congressional candidate Mia Love, whose parents immigrated from Haiti, and who graduated from the Univ. of Hartford and is now a mayor in Utah (as well as mother of 3 children)! Here is a link to her rousing and patriotic 5 min. speech last week, challenging Obama that "Mr. President, the American people are awake; and we're not buying what you are selling!": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lfop5TeDnZo&feature=plcp http://www.youtube.com/user/gopconvention2012/videos (links to all other speeches and other events)
Eric September 04, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I can't predict what Romney will do with the economy. However, Obama fix the economy??? Dream on.....
Carole Cordes September 04, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Yea! Finally someone with some sense and knowledge. Obama has all of us in his heart. Congress, aka, Reps. stalled the improvements and ideas of Obama, over and over. I am amazed most of you above want Romney for president, he lies and lies and the amount of money he spent bashing Obama is criminal. Do you read? or pause for reflection? I am trying to live on my Social Security having lost most of my savings and now I will have to spend money for the right to live? Ever hear of The New World Order? I suggest you check it out!
Lisa Petersen September 04, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Does it validate your opinion when you condemn others as fools? I notice that all of the comments to my post are from men. I'd be willing to bet you have never been denied the ability to do something because of your gender or had someone legislate medical decisions for you because of your gender.
MAC September 05, 2012 at 01:31 AM
There is such a lack of enthusiasm for Obama that DEMS are having to give away tickets for his Thursday speech! Even going hundreds of miles from Charlotte, to pick up college students and black church members--to try to fill up the stadium--too many seats are going empty, so they will probably move the venue to a smaller one. Isn't it just so convenient that it may rain Thursday, so they will lie to the public and say the location has to be changed for that reason, rather than admit the truth that it would be too embarrassing to have thousands of empty seats for Obama's speech.
Paul Chotkowski September 06, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Ms. Petersen SCOTUS created a “right” to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment allowing a woman to kill her child in the first trimester of pregnancy. To argue that women were second class citizens before they were allowed to do so is at best rhetorically excessive. For the record “nature and nature’s God” grants rights not the government. When you allow government to “grant” you rights one must then allow for the possibility that government can take away those “rights” [watch out for that petard]. Possibly one of the strongest conservative arguments against the Progressive / Socialist view of the powers of the State. The court never created a “balance test” between the 1st & 14th Amendments and at last check the Hyde Amendment is still the law of the land. Funding for Planned Parenthood is not a Constitutional or Natural right. Funding for contraceptives, abortifacients, & sterilizations under Obama Care is not a Constitutional or Natural right. These items are commodities / services & as such they may / may not be paid for by the government [which frankly should have been the question rather than compelling the Catholic Church].There is Constitutional amendment process & that is the only way a SCOTUS granted right can be rescinded. Asserting that Congress & Romney as POTUS deciding not to fund these commodities would make you a second class citizen is a contention totally without merit. But it's about feeling not facts isn't it?
MAC September 06, 2012 at 03:45 AM
The Romneys and Ryans embody traditional American values, but beyond that--the stark differences in the values and Principles of the D & R parties are brilliantly highlighted by the obvious old-fashioned goodness and patriotism omnipresent at the GOP convention last week. That is in vivid contrast to DEM speaker (and HHS Sec.) K. Sebelius' comments about "motherhood as a liability" and womanhood as a "pre-existing condition." The DNC abortion fest is revealing, to Americans paying attention, exactly why "GOD" was taken out, this year, of the Democratic platform!! Shameful. Some highlights from former Dem Artur Davis' riveting speech endorsing Mitt Romney at the GOP Convention last week (in 2008 he seconded Obama's nomination): ..."We have a country to turn around. This week you will nominate the most experienced executive 
to seek the presidency in 60 years in Mitt Romney. "He has no illusions about what makes America great, and he doesn’t confuse the presidency with 
celebrity, or loftiness with leadership."... "Maybe we should have known that night in Denver that things that begin with plywood Greek
 columns and artificial smoke typically don’t end well."... "John F. Kennedy asked us what we could do for America. This Democratic Party asks what can 
government give you. Don’t worry about paying the bill, it’s on your kids and grandkids. http://campaigntrailreport.com/2012/08/28/rep-artur-davis-gop-convention-speech-video
James King September 06, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Sarah, Sorry you were hard hit by the meltdown. You, like most, have no doubt suffered through no fault of your own. The meltdown was not caused primarily by too little regulation of the private sector banks, mortgage loan originators, etc., Rather it resulted from too little regulation of the government's own economic activities. Just one additional regulation could have prevented the entire meltdown, and it would have gone something like this: "The Federal Government will neither purchase nor guarantee any mortgage in which the borrower did not put down at least 20%, and in which the borrower has not clearly demonstrated the probable ability to keep up with the payments." To address the financial meltdown disaster, thousands of pages of additional private sector regulations have been generated, very few of which will do any good. But consider: Fannie, Freddie, FHA, The Fed, et. al. are not even mentioned in these regulations. Example: Dodd/Frank. It would seem that the true purpose of all these new restrictions on the private sector is to divert our attention from the more fundamental problem: the federal government's imprudent and unjustified involvement in the financial market, especially the residential real estate credit market.
Ray Elling September 07, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Right on, Lisa. Romney would do fine for the 1%, but would be a disaster for most of us.
Betty September 09, 2012 at 07:11 PM
NEXT! Anybody but Obama sums it up for me. The major and only issue should be the economy. We need to bring American businesses that have moved manufacturing and operations off shore back to America. American companies that operate totally in America should be rewarded, those that don't should be taxed as an incentive to return. Products produced in America should carry a uniform logo, in a uniform position, it would help consumers to select products that help bring jobs back home. I find Michele Obama's excessive travel in these difficult times, at the tax payer's expense, disgraceful. She should have brought attention, press, and help to the Gulf not living it up in Spain while so many Americans faced disaster.

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