Poll: Rust Belt's White Working Class Leans Towards Mitt Romney

A key group to keep an eye on, particularly in the Midwestern battleground state of Ohio. Reuters' Margot Roosevelt reports:

As of this week, white working-class voters across the Rust Belt leaned toward Romney, with 44 percent of respondents in a Reuters/Ipsos poll saying they would vote for the Republican if the election were held today, versus 30 percent for Obama. (For purposes of the poll, the Rust Belt includes Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and parts of New York and Pennsylvania.)

With one out of eight Ohio jobs tied to the auto industry, Obama's rescue of GM and Chrysler is likely to resonate with voters. His campaign's pointed slogan: "Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive."

Romney ... promises to slap tough sanctions on China for unfair trade and currency practices, a stance that appeals to blue-collar voters.

Healthcare is an issue that might seem to work in Romney's favor. The Reuters/Ipsos poll shows mosts Rust Belt workers disapprove of Obama's push for the 2010 reform law and many bristle at the idea of Americans being forced to buy insurance.

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published this page in In The News 2012-05-29 15:30:00 -0400
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