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Are Voters Supporting the Wrong Candidates?

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Something struck me when I was looking at the at the RCP Electoral College Map With No Toss Up States. It seems like voters are supporting the wrong candidates! Isn't Obama supposed to be the champion of the poor, while Romney only cares about the rich? Using the map and the List of U.S. states by income from Wikipedia, I found that of the top 25 states with the highest median household income, 68% are in the Obama camp, with only 32% for Romney. The bottom 25 states are even more sharply divided: 20% for Obama and 80% for Romney. Clearly, both candidates are not reaching their target audience!
fluffy posted Oct 25, 2012

I think each voter needs to do extensive research on both candidates and then choose. I have chosen Romney. I must say, however, that I do not view either candidate as ideal or even near ideal.

erick99 (rep: 432k) posted Oct 25, 2012


I am a Democrat! I don't know why people that aren't rich are Republicans? Everyone needs to remember who put us in this mess to begin with, George Bush (A REPUBLICAN). Obama just got elected after him and had to try and clean up his mess, he didn't put us in this position.

krmills1 (rep: 14.4k) posted Oct 25, 2012


I am right there with you erick! And please, let's be immature and not thumbs down because we have different political beliefs whoever you are, thumbs downer.

Fluffy, those are a lot of assumptions, but to each his own. Thanks for a thought provoking topic :)

dealwagger (rep: 10.3k) posted Oct 25, 2012


i prefer to choose Romney, more like a politician ranther than a war starter

ChirsMepoo (rep: 19) posted Oct 25, 2012


Ill say it again. There are more than 2 parties. Im more concerned that the majority of the country only pursue candidates from the two you mention when this country has had amazing presidents in the past from the Democratic Republican party, the Federalist party, independent party, and so on.

Acidbaby (rep: 7k) posted Oct 26, 2012


It's overly simplistic to view a president as the sole reason that an economy is in the tank. Its true that Obama inhearited a mess, but part of it was a mess that began long before Bush, part of it was 9-11, part of it was Bush's attempt to bring bipartisanism to Washington like he had in Texas. Much of the economic mess that Obama inhearited was because Bush didn't veto a single economic bill that was forwarded by a democratic congress. In other words...the mess Obama walked in to was because nobody in Washington is worth the ballot their names are written on. R or D.

I wish there was a 3rd party candidate with any chance of getting in to office. Then I wish that the 3rd party candidate would have any chance of getting cooperation from the Ds and Rs. Both parties have only 2 goals (as it seems to me). Advance their party and remain in office. They'll screw us un-lubed as long as they have to in order to do so. Ardently claiming to be a D or a R is basically claiming you like the screwing. Sorry.

nthsll (rep: 12.5k) posted Oct 26, 2012


But back to Fluffy's point...yes if the issues were really about "helping the poor" and "supporting the rich" then the electoral map looks all out of whack. Thankfully people see more issues than who gets a free ride, the rich or the poor at stake in an election. Sadly, we don't have viable candidates to competently deal with those issues. So it comes down to free phones for the poor or tax cuts for the rich and the map seems to be backwards. It seems that the poorer states vote republican and the richer states vote democrat.

nthsll (rep: 12.5k) posted Oct 26, 2012


Hot topic ;)

I plan to vote third party. Why should there only be 2 options?

Also, all this stuff about taxes and budgets isn't going to keep us from inflating/crashing the currency. The bigger discussion should be on monetary policy, that is, how do we structure and manage our currency (the federal reserve) and about how we fund government spending (bonds).

maven3 (rep: 5.2k) posted Oct 26, 2012


This country can not afford any more of Obama... it will be funny when all the handouts end.

100,000,000 Americans take some sort of aid. Who is paying for all that?

encorez (rep: 10k) posted Oct 26, 2012


It still fascinates me how so many people have such conflicting views from mine, when what I think seems so logical to me. There's no perfect candidate, but one is clearly the better choice here.

Don't forget to vote!

toast (rep: 5.6k) posted Oct 27, 2012