Medicare Polls: Romney
Trails Obama On Key Issue In Swing States
According to Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation polls conducted in Florida, Ohio and Virginia and released Thursday, registered voters trust
Obama over Romney to handle Medicare by wide margins. Respondents preferred Obama on the issue by 53 percent to 38 percent in Florida, 56 percent to
37 percent in Ohio and 52 percent to 39 percent in Virginia. More than 70 percent of voters in each state said they consider Medicare either "very"
or "extremely" important to their vote.
Similarly, CBS/New York Times/Quinnipiac surveys in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania found that likely voters think Obama would do a better job than
Romney on handling Medicare: 55 percent to 40 percent in Florida, 55 percent to 39 percent in Ohio and 55 percent to 39 percent in Pennsylvania.
A USA Today/Gallup poll in 12 swing states found a smaller advantage for Obama: 50 percent to 44 percent. The Gallup poll pooled registered voters in
the 12 states and did not break results out for individual states.
More polls, and more bad news for Romney. These are huge margins and this issue is usually a big deal to elderly, a demographic that Romney will
need, and these margins are so huge it is shocking.
And Romney can thank himself for Medicare being an issue. When he picked Ryan, he made Medicare one of the core issues of the election.
Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate brought Medicare to the forefront of the presidential campaign, as Democrats tried to
tie Romney to Ryan's proposal to redesign the health insurance program. Since the Ryan pick, the two campaigns have traded barbs and attack ads
attempting to portray the other as undermining Medicare. Surveys released this week in several swing states suggest that President Barack Obama has
strengthened his lead on the issue, which could be a problem for Romney in key states like Florida and Ohio.
The Ryan pick is just one of many mis-steps from the Romney campaign. I really don't see how Romney is going to recover from all these mistakes and
outright gaffes he is making. The Election is right around the corner, Romney is running out of time.