Are Americans satisfied with the country’s direction?
Myra Miller and Richard Fowler provide insight on new Fox News polls
- Duration 14:29
- Date Nov 1, 2012
Myra Miller and Richard Fowler provide insight on new Fox News polls
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All right really want to talk about politics as I mentioned we're gonna bring in our panel we've got to panel members Richard Fowler joins us first.
He is a host of the -- -- Fowler show.
We act radio WP WC fourteen AD AM and you can find him on Twitter at Richard A Fowler.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thanks and thanks for being here and we also have -- Miller who's getting miked up.
We'll get -- a minute but first -- wanna go over some of the polls that is just come out Fox News -- brand new stuff for you here let's get to the first one.
The choice for president among likely voters and you've been hearing about.
How tight the race is there it is the Obama Biden ticket now 46%.
Against Romney Ryan 46%.
Comparing that early October as you can see not much difference the Obama Biden choice with 45% there.
Let's go to the second poll we also just got this in satisfied with how things are going in the country today.
Of those polled say they aren't happy 46.
Compared to what they said last month with 31%.
And then no 53%.
Compared to 68% October.
It's pretty interesting -- without a third screen to show you.
The most important deciding vote the people that we spoke to listed what is most important to them this way economic issues.
Fiscal issues sixteen socialist -- thirteen.
National security seven.
And then all 18% and you can see there what we did in September.
To show you the difference in those numbers Richard I hope you can see those on your screen.
And we'll just ask you first richer while we're getting.
I'm -- might -- your thoughts and in those polling numbers and where you think we're -- got a weeks ago.
Well I think you're right we have just about followed dozen or five days left to go and -- of the matter is -- -- -- -- we can see from those polls.
Is is that you know the races that sort of a standstill I think -- after hurricanes and you sort of put.
Our electoral politics -- a pause I think that's good for the presidents always good for an incumbent to you know.
Really show his true grit his true leadership we saw from President Obama I think the other polls if you want to pay attention do.
Things are happening all -- all the battleground states and states like Colorado Ohio.
I awoke in Wisconsin we -- -- the president not quite substantially and I think that's going to be the president spent a bread and butter going into the next five days.
As you continue to make -- distinction between him and -- he recently was she just off the podium there.
On the game in Wisconsin I think it's where he was today on when he made the argument here's all the things we've accomplished over the past four years and you give me four more years in -- so much what we can do for the people in the middle class and working class in this country.
Right and -- Miller joins us also from our Washington DC bureau good to see you thanks for being here -- former political director Alabama Republican Party and senior.
Vice president of the Winston group thank you so much for joining us here today.
We're just I don't know if you could hear the the new polling numbers we were talking about.
I could you hear those when we were talking about I -- okay grain.
I'm so of course you know this is obviously a very tight race you know -- up 46 to 46%.
And also asking people.
As they're satisfied with -- how things are going in the country today and 46% of people said yes.
On how we get we click off these days as we get closer to next week.
What do you make of these numbers and and what both candidates can do to try and get a couple more percentage points.
Well as you're saying -- in the economy that is clearly the number one issue in this election and it's just something that Richard was saying about the about the -- -- Democrats are obviously very bullish about some of these swing states like Ohio and a lot of these staples.
And do show the election very close but I think there are two factors nationally.
That are really going -- governor Romney's direction the first as.
A lot of these national surveys show governor Romney beating.
By significant margins among independents on the recent fox poll show that seven some show as much as double digits if Mitt Romney is leading.
By double digits among independents he's going to be the next president.
The second key factor in his favor is that he's leaving on handling of jobs in the economy as I was saying.
That is the number one issue facing the country if Mitt Romney is leading on that issue -- it's going to be a huge factor in his favor come Tuesday.
All right Richard -- I want -- -- tee up for you to talk about the election hinging on May hinge on the Latino.
Vote and the Latino turnout this this article coming out of the Wall Street Journal today.
That Barack Obama's reelection hopes hinge more than any previous presidential contender on the Latino vote.
Obama has little choice but to focus on Hispanics as the article.
-- his support among African Americans is 92% while white voters are moving away from him.
A recent Wall Street Journal NBC news poll showed his support among likely white voters at 36 -- 36%.
Seven points less than 2008 the same poll give mr.
Obama as 70% to 25%.
Lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
Among likely Latino voters.
So obviously there's a lot of work being done right now on both campaigns to get out the vote for the Latino voters.
How important do you guys think it is let's start with you Richard.
Well I think Latino vote as well as the African American vote reveals the youth vote are all going to be important for president Obama's reelection I think -- -- Obama done so artfully.
Over the past three and a half years especially in the past month -- he's talked on.
How we planned all on you know reaching out to Latinos I think he's maybe argument pretty clear if you pledge allegiance of the American flag and you're an American -- we're -- -- -- everything in our power to make -- we have policies that.
While support that and enhance that I think what we've seen from -- -- is quite the contrary on in the town hall debate Mitt Romney came on very hard line.
On -- has stance and immigration I think there's a lot of Latinos out but understand that immigration is going to be a major issue for them going into the next four years.
And Romney hasn't really been able to sort of on get a good grasp on that and we see all the recent polls show that he is up in -- up with Latino and African Americans and I think if you look at the census numbers to tie that -- fully understand that they're more all the you know brown people turning to be used to vote than there are Caucasian -- turning a base of both I think as our debt demographic shift in this country become more diverse nation.
It's going to be critical that the Republicans come up with a strategy on how to communicate.
And talk to Latino voters and clearly they don't have one.
-- Well the Hispanic turnout as I was hitting very important but.
And -- critical difference in states like Colorado but whether it's Hispanic voters are -- -- are women.
Just an economy that's number one issue among all those groups and that's what they're going to be voting on.
Also got to follow up something Richard -- -- in terms of Republicans standing among Hispanics if you look at where Republicans were in 2006.
They lost to satisfy about -- by the mid thirty margin.
By 2010 -- close that gap to 22 and so.
Obviously Republicans still have a lot of ground to make up in terms the Hispanic vote.
But with 2010 being an economic election that improve the margin among Hispanics.
2012 we'll also be an economically -- economic collection some very hopeful that I'm Mitt Romney will see even greater gains among Hispanic at this time.
You know I'm looking out this article on the Wall Street Journal quotes -- says many Hispanics weren't happy the president did push.
Harder for a path toward legal status for the eleven million people.
Living in the US illegally as he promised during his first run.
For the White House.
And a quote coming here from had a democratic pollster -- Peter Hart he said at this stage in the game of Barack Obama's going to win there has to be massive turnout.
Of Latino voters -- looking on the Romney side of things even some Republicans.
Worry that the party is alienating Latino voters in ways that could jeopardize the future.
National elections Steve Schmidt was a senior strategist and Republican senator John McCain's 2008 presidential bid.
In an interview yesterday mr.
Schmidt voiced regret over what he described as a collapse of support for Republican candidates by the fastest growing demographic group.
In the country also looking -- at what these two groups are saying Richard.
I again it is so important what do you think each needs to vehicle.
Well I think one and the Republicans have to stop doing what they what they've tried to do that try to mount up you know Hispanic elected officials like Marco Rubio.
All elected lieutenant governor in Nevada to look we're we believe we think Hispanics are great here -- some that we were elected.
That's not gonna cut it they're gonna have to come up with policies that support Hispanics and and beyond that spirit of -- -- and support the working class and middle class in this country because that's where the Hispanic population lives.
Always seen from President Obama over the past four years I think we'll see over the next four years when he's reelected.
-- somebody who understands the only way to grow our economy is from the middle out.
This is going to be about the economy but unfortunately Mitt Romney's plan of cutting five trillion dollars in taxes for millionaires and billionaires.
If they -- -- suffice for solving problems the Latino community the middle -- the middle class community in the working class community I think the president has answered those calls.
But what we saw him what what we saw from him when he bailed out would you build up the auto industry but what we -- when.
He created five million jobs in the private sector and those are middle class jobs those are working class jobs he talked about bringing manufacturing back to the United States he talked of getting tough on China all -- it comes -- the cheap tires.
All these things are things that appeal to the middle class the working class and ultimately Latino voters.
-- -- -- Well again Hispanic voters are you're going to be just like every other that they are they looking for an economy that works and to Richard's point.
They're going to be looking for policies that are gonna turn this economy around.
-- reference that Des Moines Register endorsement of governor Romney -- past week that said.
Governor Romney is the candidate he has a clear economic vision has a better -- for economic -- that's what Hispanics are going to be looking for an.
In the future and how I also want to bring up just you know because we're obviously dealing with the -- -- a catastrophe here of the aftermath of of sandy the New York Times had an article out today and unlikely political pair united by disaster talking about of course President Obama.
Cruising around New Jersey yesterday of the coastline.
With Chris Christie in a vivid display of what's being called big government muscle bipartisan harmony they confronted Mitt Romney with a vexing challenge justice he returned to the campaign trail.
In Florida a lot being made about FEMA about that in possible cuts to -- how this is gonna work.
Where do you guys stand on your views of what you've seen from the two candidates on -- it relates to the storm because a lot of people you know.
All of what we've seen in the in the campaigning aside a lot of the focus is on what's happening right now how the response is going down and how people are going to feel about their confidence.
With both of these candidates Richard.
Well I think beautifully on the money here I think what we've seen -- there's two distinctions do we -- -- from a President Obama is.
Not necessarily big government -- government that works for the American people and every single crisis that we've had this nation's recent history.
We've seen FEMA under the under the correct leadership act correctly there's one time -- that was under Katrina was on the George W.
Under President Obama under Bill Clinton FEMA came to the rescue for millions and millions of Americans I think the president made it very clear when he said -- his dumb remarks yesterday if you don't get a call back in fifteen minutes from my government you need to call me directly and buck stops with me and we're gonna make sure that the people of New Jersey get the relief that they want.
On the contrary we saw from Mitt -- is in the Republican debate earlier this year he stated he would privatize FEMA.
We understand that privatize the team is clearly not the way to go and beyond that I think even governor Chris Christie understands the importance of team and he said it -- his addressing the president has been outstanding.
The federal government has been outstanding and he proved -- quite frankly doesn't care whether or not Iran becomes the state what he cares about of the people of the state get back on their feet.
Are they get back to doing you know the work that it is that you and I think that is gonna be critical in the last five days of government that works I think Republicans have tried to make this argument about why we need smaller government and smaller government is good I think that this that -- -- this this this hurricane.
On this crisis shows that Smart government is the best way to go we've seen that under President Obama.
And -- so much has been made about the undecided voters about us that margin is out there a do you think that -- -- good response that we're seeing from both these candidates could.
Sway -- it is gonna come down to possibly the reaction here you'll come down to other issues what do you think.
-- I think that in terms of events this week the more significant event that's likely to impact Tuesday's going to be that jobs report ever gonna get tomorrow morning.
I -- to -- the Chris Christie approach you're in terms of the storm.
-- this is -- time to focus on getting people's lives back getting their hands restored.
When the president does a good job we're gonna praise him when he doesn't do a good job gonna criticize him so this isn't a momentarily politicize this storm.
In terms of the events this week though I think that jobs if we're gonna see tomorrow's gonna have a far greater impact on not what happened Tuesday.
Right and -- also one more thing I want to get to before we go to break.
I'm talking about the style.
Both these candidates going forward a point to the New York Times article that it.
Has a fascinating look at in the dwindling days of the race Romney taking a softer attacked.
He used to talk up the crucial importance of having two parents in the home saying a mom and dad together have a big impact.
But over the just the last week he has been extolling the virtues of single mothers at every turn.
According to the times holding them out as examples of Americans living for something.
Bigger than themselves on is this something that Romney can use to channel more of those points in his favor.
I mean I think the -- lot of that I I was personally when he may become a single mother them from a single family households single mother -- hole and I was quite frank I offended by -- Romney's comments during the town hall debate.
All have been he's retracted as wrong but I think it's too late there's a lot of single fan of single mother homes -- a lot of single parent homes.
That a bargain in soured by the governor I think if he's trying to get the woman vote that's not the way to do it I think the clothing David you will see from the president is.
Here's what we've done in the past four years and it's a we'll continue to do I think from -- the softer approach is all he can do.
Because he can't really attack hard the president during a national and national and national catastrophe like the hurricane.
And I'll give you the last word -- Why sir Richard's -- I think but campaigns realize it's not going to be enough to simply turn out their respective bases that you've got to have.
A majority coalition that's comprised of independents women Hispanics other key periods to build a majority coalition to win this election.
Right and I think you're right -- that the jobs report will be so important all eyes will be on that I want to thank you both so much for being hearing your perspective.
On these very important issues -- week as we click off today is that is going to be a very interesting.
Race to watch of course and we'll look forward to hearing back.
Up from both of you as we move forward with this election thanks a lot for being with us and I think you for watching for -- are right thank you.