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Do you believe Mitt Romney deserves a lot of credit for saving the American auto industry, or not?
He deserves a lot of credit: 11 He does not: 69 Not sure: 19
Last week, Mitt Romney said he deserves a round of applause for saving the American auto industry. "I'll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry has come back," he said.
But as you can see from the results above, Americans overwhelmingly reject his view. According to the latest Daily Kos/SEIU State of the Nation poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, just 11 percent of Americans believe Mitt Romney deserves "a lot of credit" for saving the auto industry, while 69 percent say he does not.
This was one of those rare political questions on which there is across-the-board unanimity: Even a majority of Republicans and conservatives say Romney does not deserve credit for bringing back the auto industry. Still, 22 percent of tea party supporters, 20 percent of Republicans and 19 percent of conservatives did give him credit, which raises the question: What are they smoking, and where did they get it?
Romney, of course, famously said his plan for the American auto industry was to simply let Detroit go bankrupt. He said the bailout would destroy the car companies. He was dead wrong. So it's astonishing that even 1 out of 5 of his supporters would give him credit. Then again, it was astonishing when he claimed credit in the first place.
Outside of the political right, support for Romney's claim was almost nonexistent. Five percent of Democrats agreed with him as did 9 percent of independents and 7 percent of moderates.
I guess of the moral of the story is pretty obvious: Mitt Romney can claim credit for saving the auto industry until he's blue in the face, but he doesn't deserve it and he's never going to get it.
Originally posted to The Jed Report on Tue May 15, 2012 at 10:53 AM PDT.