This week, we decided to revisit an important question we've asked a couple of times before.
Q: Do you think the Republicans are intentionally stalling efforts to jumpstart the economy to ensure that Barack Obama is not reelected or not?Four months may have elapsed since we last put this question to voters, but the numbers are virtually unchanged. Indeed, when we first asked this question back in November, the results were almost identical to what we see now: 50 yes, 41 no.
Yes: 49 (47)
No: 40 (41)
Unsure: 11 (12)
Back then, I wondered if Democrats would have the courage to make an issue of GOP obstructionism on the economy. To date, it seems like this issue hasn't been a core part of the Democratic message, from Obama on down. But there's still quite a bit of time, and I'd also point out that Obama (and in particular, one of his chief surrogates, the Super PAC Priorities USA) has put Mitt Romney's work at Bain Capital front-and-center—something that's been effective.
That suggests to me that Democrats are willing and able to go on the offensive on economic issues, and I'm hopeful that Republican sabotage of economic recovery efforts gets added to that arsenal. There are persuadable voters out there who can be swayed by this message. Let's not leave it on the table.
P.S. As always, our approval and favorability numbers can be found on our weekly trends page.