Swing States: Romney Doesn't Care About Us

Voters back Obama, and really back his plan to hike taxes on top 2%
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2012 9:43 AM CDT
Swing States: Romney Doesn't Care About Us
President Barack Obama arrives at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Monday, July 30, 2012, in New York.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Barack Obama is leading in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida, in part because voters don't think Mitt Romney is looking out for them, according to a new Quinnipiac/New York Times/CBS News poll. Both candidates polled fairly evenly when it came to how voters thought they'd handle the economy, which is overwhelmingly seen as the most important issue. But when asked if they believed Obama "cares about the needs and problems of people like you," a majority said he did in all three states—the opposite was true for Romney.

"Romney does have business experience," said one respondent. But "he was in business in order to make a profit. There’s nothing wrong with that, but how would that help the country?" Overall, Obama is winning by 6 points in Ohio and Florida, and by 11 points in Pennsylvania. The poll also shows that voters in those states strongly support his proposal to raise taxes on households making more than $250,000 a year, with support ranging from 58% to 62%, and opposition between 34% and 37%. See the full results here. (More Mitt Romney stories.)

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