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“It will not be easy, and it will be long.” This was what President
Obama stated in his inaugural address in January 2009, predicting his
first term would be difficult in the wake of the economic crash that he
inherited. One voter interviewed here remembers this line. Many more
lament the economy’s slow growth.
In this piece, where I profile
50 American voters from every state in the US, 25 for Obama and 25 for
Romney, Romney voters’ overwhelmingly say that they want to replace
Obama with a business savvy candidate that will exercise more fiscal
restraint and create more jobs. They believe he can do this from his
ability to balance the budget when he was the governor of Massachusetts
without raising taxes, as well as his extensive private sector success.
of the Obama voters express support for Obama’s economic policies, and
often credit the 2008 economic crash at the end of Bush’s presidency for
the difficulties still lingering in the economy. However, Obama voters’
largely say they support the President for his social agenda. Most
voters cite social issues such as fair pay for women, LGBTQ rights, a
women’s right to contraception and abortion, and healthcare as the main
reasons they are voting for Obama. Perhaps this is because Obama’s first
term was more successful on this front in comparison to the economy.
the other hand, Romney voters barely mention social issues, such as
traditional marriage and pro-life policies, as reasons they are voting
for Romney. Unlike other campaign seasons, the economy is the central
issue for Republican voters. Additionally, Israel ranks high among
Granted, this pool of voters is undoubtedly
biased considering everyone knew this article was going to be published
on an Israeli news site. That being said, it is interesting to see that
of the voters that mention Israel as one of their reasons to support
either candidate, seven voters support Romney and three support Obama.
Delving a bit deeper, of the 10 voters that mention Israel, five are
Jewish, three of whom are the Obama supporters. Not surprisingly, this
demonstrates American Jews’ continued division over policies regarding
Israel, whereas most non-Jewish voters that value Israel (mostly
religious Christians) support the Republican party.
interviewed gives a unique, valuable perspective on the challenges
facing the United States. I hope these voters give you a glimpse of what
is at stake for Americans in the 2012 presidential election.
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