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Obama vs Romney : Are the unemployed backing GOP ?

One of the most dominant theories of this year’s presidential election is that President Barack Obama’s re-election prospects have been undermined by high unemployment levels.

Yet despite a dismal labor market, which saw a net increase of only 103,000 private-sector jobs for August, the president has been widening his lead over Mitt Romney in recent days. This raises the possibility that other factors are trumping high unemployment.

To be sure, the fact that the unemployment rate has remained above 8% throughout Obama’s first term has greatly contributed to the sense among many that his economic agenda has been a failure. Perhaps the most memorable speech at the Democratic National Convention, by former President Bill Clinton, was devoted to defending the current president’s job creation record, a clear sign that Democrats recognize it as their central vulnerability…

At a state-by-state level, at least, there doesn’t appear to be a straight line between high unemployment levels and opposition to Obama. High unemployment does matter — but judging by the state of the race right now, it seems to matter more because employed voters, including many who’ve fared relatively well in recent years, see it as a sign of economic failure than because unemployed voters will turn out against the president in droves.

via It’s not the unemployed who are backing Romney – CNN.com.

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