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February 22, 2011 12:05 ET

American Pulse™: if Economy Is "Getting Better," Why Do Over Half of Voters Feel Bad?

Voters May Opt for Change; Generic Republican Leads Obama in 5 Key States

WORTHINGTON, OH--(Marketwire - February 22, 2011) - 53.0% of Registered Voters somewhat/strongly agree: "If everything with the economy is getting so much better, why do I feel so bad?" according to the latest American Pulse™ Survey of 5,214 respondents.

Further, more than 7 in 10 Voters have little to no confidence that economic policy will help lower unemployment (76.2%) or get the economy back on track (72.4%). These sentiments could be swaying Voters to opt for new leadership in 2012:

If the Presidential Election were held today, who would you be more likely to vote for?       
  Registered Voters   
  April June August October December   February
President Obama 37.1% 35.0% 34.3% 35.7% 35.8%   35.4%
Generic Republican 38.8% 38.8% 40.3% 38.8% 40.0%   40.3%
Undecided 24.1% 26.2% 25.4% 25.5% 24.2%   24.3%
Source: American Pulse™, Apr-10 - Feb-11              

Since April 2010, someone from the Republican Party has been leading President Obama, and 69 electoral votes are now in the Republican column in 5 key states. For the full trend starting in March and President Obama's current standing in key states: http://www.formsite.com/prosper/ss022211/

In addition to high rates of unemployment, issues such as healthcare, multiculturalism and the crisis in Egypt could explain why so many Registered Voters feel "bad":

  • According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Health Care Reform Act would decrease the labor force by an estimated 800,000 workers. With this in mind, 52.9% indicate they oppose the new healthcare legislation (26.0% support it and 21.2% aren't sure).
  • 46.6% don't think multiculturalism is a failed concept, while 34.0% of American Voters (and many European leaders) believe it is (19.5% don't know). However, 42.1% think America should abandon multiculturalism to promote its own traditions (38.4% don't feel the same and 19.5% don't know).
  • Was the outcome of the crisis in Egypt good? 42.6% say the Obama Administration handled the crisis the right way (vs. 27.9% who don't agree and 29.6% who don't know). 42.9% don't think the Middle East will be any safer with Mubarak gone (vs. 19.2% who think it will and 37.9% who don't know). Further, 57.9% believe the U.S. is losing influence in the Middle East.

For complimentary report segmented by political parties: http://www.formsite.com/prosper/ampulse022211

American Pulse™
The American Pulse™ Survey is collected online by BIGresearch® twice a month exclusively utilizing SSI's U.S. panel covering topics such as politics, pop culture and the economy. 5,214 respondents participated in the 2nd February American Pulse conducted 2/14-2/16/2011. Margin of error is +/- 1.4%. www.bigresearch.com

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