More American voters believe GOP presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Perry would do a better job handling the economy than President Barack Obama, says a national poll released Thursday. According to a Quinnipiac University poll, 49% of registered voters believe Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, would handle the economy better than the president. Thirty-nine percent of respondents said Obama would do a better job.
This makes me chuckle only because it was a scant three years ago that “more American voters” believed that Obama would do better than McCain or Bush on the economy.
Now, I’m not agreeing or disagreeing with either of these views. It just shows the ideological inconsistency of thinking among the American public. When the economy is doing poorly, they blame whoever’s in charge, regardless of whether it’s a Republican or Democrat. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In some ways, it’s comforting that the public is sometimes more concerned about outcomes and performance than ideological preference.