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Presidential Poll: Who's Your Pick?

Bolingbrook Patch will poll readers on a weekly basis to gauge their interest in the election and its candidates.

Another week, another presidential poll.

This week is kind of a holding pattern in the race. The next primary elections are on Feb. 28, in Arizona and Michigan. But who knows what could happen between now and then? That’s why presidential politics are so interesting.

For several weeks, we’ve been posting polls to gauge (in an incredibly non-scientific way) just which direction this area is leaning. Barack Obama has won each poll handily, and Mitt Romney appears to be the favorite among Republicans. As we get closer to picking one Republican nominee, we hope to track the changing political landscape through these polls.

And also, they’re a bit of fun. You know the drill by now. Which of the presidential nominees are you favoring at the moment? Vote below, and let us know in the comments. Thanks!

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my opinion February 17, 2012 at 03:06 AM
CBO: Longest Period of High Unemployment Since Great Depression After three years with unemployment topping 8 percent, the U.S. has seen the longest period of high unemployment since the Great Depression, the Congressional Budget Office noted in a report issued today.
Kent Frederick February 17, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Remember that when Ronald Reagan was elected President in 1980, unemployment was at 7.%. By the end of 1982, unemployment was over 10%. Then, it fell to 7.2% by November of 1984. Add to the mix the fact that inflation was something like 12% or 13%, when Reagan took office. It fell to around 3.5% in 1983 and was just over 4% in 1984. Some economists argue that the recession was created on purpose by Fed Chairman Paul Volker. Volker undertook an monetary policy that, while creating severe unemployment, wrung inflation out of the economy. Although the U.S. economy has had short bursts of inflation, due mostly to the rising prices of oil and agricultural commodities, we haven't had the systemic inflation problems that plagued Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter. Considering that there were several recessions during the 1970s, as well as stagflation, I would argue that the period of 1971 to 1983 was worse than the period 2000 to 2012. If 7.5% unemployment was one of the causes of Jimmy Carter's failed relection bid in 1980, and Ronald Reagan was able to win a second term, despite unemployment at 7.2%, then it appears that unemployment needs to drop one full percentage point, for Barack Obama to have a reasonable chance at reelection. Could that happen in the next 9 months? It's within the realm of possibilities, but many economists are predicting that sharp a decline.
Nick Tafazoli February 18, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Although I don't like Obama, I'm not going to blame the entire economy on him. Most of this is because of Bush. However, I do blame Obama for simply carrying on with nearly all of Bush's policies (QE1 under Bush, QE2 under Obama, undeclared wars, PATRIOT Act/NDAA). If I am left with the option of Romney or Obama in November, I will probably vote for Obama since he only has 1 term left, while Romney would have a chance at a second one. They are nearly identical, and the only thing I like more about Romney is that he understands the economy. However, I don't expect him to take the right steps in order to fix it. I could never vote for Santorum. I don't think we need a radical Christian supremist running our country. A Christian theocracy is no better than a Muslim theocracy. Gingrich is not quite as bad as the other two, but I don't trust a lobbyist for Fannie and Freddie. His affairs usually wouldn't be a problem for me, but the fact that he was criticizing Clinton for his affairs while he was having his own just makes him a flat our hypocrite. I'll be voting for Ron Paul. He isn't perfect, but whether you like his positions or not, at least you know that he will stay true to his word.
Steven February 23, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Ron Paul! Honest, Consistent and "for the people!" He is the Thomas Jefferson of our time and the answer to preserving and restoring our constitution and country!
♥Ruthie♥ February 26, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Ron Paul is def. NOT going to win. The guy's tried like 3 times now and is blowing time and money if you ask me. The dude looks more like a circus performer than a president anyways!! It's most likely going to come down to Romney and Obama (although Santorum has a pretty good chance) so why are we wasting time voting on Paul, whose popularity is approx. 12.4% compared to Romney's 28.9% and Santorum's 33.1%??? I'm sorry to all of you Ron Paul fans, but it's not likely he will win. He doesn't have enough support. Nothing against him too much (since I myself am a Republican,) just giving my personal opinion (and facts as well!!) As long as Obama doesn't win it's really fine with me!!

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