Trio Of Polls Show Ron Paul Most Viable Alternative To Romney V Obama
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul polls better against President Barack Obama in a head-to-head matchup than both of his Mitt Romney-alternative rivals, according to a recent Bloomberg News national poll.
The Bloomberg finding follows a recent Rasmussen survey showing Paul to be the most competitive Romney alternative, and a recent PPP survey of Pennsylvania voters that reveals Paul to be stronger in a head-to-head matchup with Obama than Romney or Newt Gingrich.
The Bloomberg national poll found that Ron Paul would receive 43 percent of the vote to President Obama’s 48 percent in a head-to-head matchup. Paul’s outcome in that scenario is significantly better than Rick Santorum’s 6 percentage point loss, and far better than Gingrich’s 11-point defeat if the election were held today. A strong 48 percent those polled responded that Paul and Gingrich should remain in the race, further evidence that the race for the Republican nomination is far from over in the minds of voters.
Another positive sign for Ron Paul’s candidacy as the Romney alternative is that Paul ties Romney at the top of the field among voters with a “very favorable” feeling toward Republican contenders. Further, Paul has the lowest “very unfavorable” numbers at 16 percent, whereas the percentage of Americans viewing the other candidates very unfavorably is at 22 for Romney, 25 percent for Santorum, with Gingrich and Obama tied at 30 percent.
According to a recent PPP survey of Pennsylvania voters, Ron Paul polls stronger against Barack Obama than presumed frontrunner Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich. Paul fares 1 percentage point better than Romney when matched against the sitting President. However, Paul fares decisively better than nominee Newt Gingrich, who would lose the swing state contest by a worrisome 12 percentage points.
While Rick Santorum does poll strongest in the Keystone State, he still fails to prove he can win his home state, a troubling fact for conservatives when Santorum would lose to Obama by 3 percentage points nationally, according to the recent Rasmussen survey of voters, mentioned below.
Also notable is that twice as many Pennsylvanians hold an unfavorable view of Mitt Romney than hold a positive one, indicating serious ground to make up for in the short time after hypothetically clinching the nomination.
Another high obstacle for Romney to overcome is in reversing negative trends. For instance, Obama has managed to turn a 2-percentage point deficit among independent voters into a 51 to 38 lead against Romney. The percentage of those holding a positive impression of Romney has decreased, resulting in a 9-point increase in those viewing him unfavorably. Only Gingrich is worse off, with 67 percent of Pennsylvanians viewing the former House Speaker unfavorably.
This is adding to the recent Rasmussen survey which also showed that among alternatives to establishment-moderate Mitt Romney, Ron Paul is the most competitive when matched against the incumbent President. Paul is statistically tied with President Obama with a strong 41 percent to Obama’s 42 percent, and outperforms faux Romney alternatives Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.
The Rasmussen survey also found that as Republican nominee, Rick Santorum would lose the White House with 43 percent to Obama’s 46 percent, while Newt Gingrich would give it away with a six-point 46 to 40 percent landslide victory for Obama.
“Recent polls demonstrate that Ron Paul is in a dead-heat with President Obama in the general election, outperforming establishment-moderate Mitt Romney in a crucial swing-state like Pennsylvania. Numbers don’t lie. Ron Paul is the most electable conservative alternative to Romney,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.
The Bloomberg National Poll was based on telephone interviews with 1,002 adults ages 18 or older, with a full sample margin of error of 3.1 percentage points. To view the Bloomberg Poll, please click here.
The PPP poll results are based on telephone surveys of 689 Pennsylvania voters and have a +/- 3.7-percentage point error margin. To view the PPP poll, please click here.
The Rasmussen poll results are based on telephone surveys of 1,500 likely voters and have a +/- 3-percentage point margin of error.
Ron Paul 2012
Leader Of The 2012 Presidential Candidates Ron Paul: Most Consistent Unrelenting Champion of Liberty.
He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.
He voted against the Patriot Act.
He voted against regulating the Internet.
He voted against the Iraq war.
He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.
Congressman Paul introduces numerous pieces of substantive legislation each year, probably more than any single member of Congress.
Ron Paul: Government is too big. The role of government ought to be for the protection of liberty, not for the intrusion in economic affairs. We’ve spent too much, we taxed too much, we borrowed too much. It’s bankrupting this country! I’ve been talking about these problems for a long, long time. Now we’re bankrupt and we have to decide which way we’re going to go.
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Congressman Ron Paul is the leading advocate for freedom in our nation’s capital. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dr. Paul tirelessly works for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies. He is known among his congressional colleagues and his constituents for his consistent voting record. Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution. In the words of former Treasury Secretary William Simon, Dr. Paul is the “one exception to the Gang of 535” on Capitol Hill.
Ron Paul was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Gettysburg College and the Duke University School of Medicine, before proudly serving as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the 1960s. He and his wife Carol moved to Texas in 1968, where he began his medical practice in Brazoria County. As a specialist in obstetrics/gynecology, Dr. Paul has delivered more than 4,000 babies. He and Carol, who reside in Lake Jackson, Texas, are the proud parents of five children and have 17 grandchildren.While serving in Congress during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dr. Paul’s limited-government ideals were not popular in Washington. In 1976, he was one of only four Republican congressmen to endorse Ronald Reagan for president.During that time, Congressman Paul served on the House Banking committee, where he was a strong advocate for sound monetary policy and an outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve’s inflationary measures. He was an unwavering advocate of pro-life and pro-family values. Dr. Paul consistently voted to lower or abolish federal taxes, spending and regulation, and used his House seat to actively promote the return of government to its proper constitutional levels. In 1984, he voluntarily relinquished his House seat and returned to his medical practice.Dr. Paul returned to Congress in 1997 to represent the 14th congressional district of Texas. He presently serves on the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He continues to advocate a dramatic reduction in the size of the federal government and a return to constitutional principles.Congressman Paul’s consistent voting record prompted one of his congressional colleagues to say, “Ron Paul personifies the Founding Fathers’ ideal of the citizen-statesman. He makes it clear that his principles will never be compromised, and they never are.” Another colleague observed, “There are few people in public life who, through thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles. Ron Paul is one of those few.”
ANALYSIS | Republican Representative Ron Paul, R-Texas, is far more libertarian in his economic views than most of his opponents. His views on fiscal responsibility have been well-documented during his many years in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Here is a look at Ron Paul’s economic policies.
On Taxes: Drastic Cutting Is Key
Paul has said he wouldn’t raise the debt ceiling, would veto unbalanced budgets, and opposesunfunded mandates and regulations on small businesses. He’s against income, capital gains, and “death taxes,” pledging to eliminate them all. He’s also for eliminating the Internal Revenue Service(IRS).
He feels a flat tax or fair tax would be better than the current income tax system, but still thinks the 16th Amendment, which allows Congress to impose an income tax, needs to be repealed.
On ‘Class Warfare’: In Favor of a Little Against ‘The Ones Who Rip Us Off’
Paul doesn’t agree with his more vocal opponents, Herman Cain and Mitt Romney, in saying that demonstrations are a form of class warfare: “I do agree that there’s a mal-distribution in wealth in this country.”
“Entitlements end up going to the rich anyway,” he told reporters at an event sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. “Some of them should be attacked. The ones who rip us off, the ones who get bailed out.”
On Economic Recovery: Blame Spending
According to Paul’s campaign site, he believes that “excessive spending, artificial credit, and market manipulation crashed our economy, and no one should be surprised that these same policies continue to prolong the suffering for millions of Americans.”
He thinks we’re sending jobs overseas due to a program of “deliberately weakening our currency.”
On the Federal Reserve: End It
This is a topic Paul enjoys discussing. He’d like to see the Federal Reserve abolished. One of his books is titled “End the Fed.”
During a June 13 debate in Manchester, N.H., he explained that the financial crisis could be linked to the fed.
“We got in the trouble because we had a financial bubble, and it’s caused by the Federal Reserve,” he said. “If you don’t look at monetary policy, we will continue the trend of the last decade. We haven’t even – we haven’t developed any new jobs in the last decade. Matter of fact, we’ve had 30 million new people and no new jobs, and it’s because they don’t – the people don’t understand monetary policy and central economic planning things.”
He sponsored H.R. 459, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2011, which directs the Comptroller General to audit the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the federal reserve banks, then provide a report to Congress.
On Unemployment: Failed Policy Cause of Problems
Paul commented on the Labor Department’s jobs report for September 2011:
“The national unemployment rate of 9.1 percent for the month of September says nothing new about our failed experiment with Keynesian economics. Simply put, all these years of Washington deficit spending and money printing did not move the labor market.”
To Ron Paul, it has always been about integrity and first principles. For decades, Congressman Paul has been a consistent, unrelenting champion of international peace, the rule of law, and an opponent of all coercive threats to personal liberty, both foreign and domestic. Today, his GOP presidential opponents and their neocon agitprop flacks in the media desperately try to portray him as an anachronistic isolationist, a hopeless appeaser, a dangerous pacifist who ignores the “existential threat” of Radical Islam, especially the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran. Their shallow reading and distortions of Ron Paul and his congressional record belie their ignorance.
A nation without borders is no nation at all. After decades of misguided policies America has now become a free-for-all. Our leaders betrayed the middle class which is forced to compete with welfare-receiving illegal immigrants who will work for almost anything, just because the standards in their home countries are even lower.
If these policies are not reversed, the future is grim. A poor, dependent and divided population is much easier to rule than a nation of self-confident individuals who can make a living on their own and who share the traditions and values that this country was founded upon.
Ron Paul’s six point plan puts a stop to illegal immigration:
- Physically secure our borders and coastlines. We must do whatever it takes to control entry into our country before we undertake complicated immigration reform proposals.
- Enforce visa rules. Immigration officials must track visa holders and deport anyone who overstays their visa or otherwise violates U.S. law. This is especially important when we recall that a number of 9/11 terrorists had expired visas.
- No amnesty. Estimates suggest that 10 to 20 million people are in our country illegally. That’s a lot of people to reward for breaking our laws.
- No welfare for illegal aliens. Americans have welcomed immigrants who seek opportunity, work hard, and play by the rules. But taxpayers should not pay for illegal immigrants who use hospitals, clinics, schools, roads, and social services.
- End birthright citizenship. As long as illegal immigrants know their children born here will be citizens, the incentive to enter the U.S. illegally will remain strong.
- Pass true immigration reform. The current system is incoherent and unfair. But current reform proposals would allow up to 60 million more immigrants into our country, according to the Heritage Foundation. This is insanity. Legal immigrants from all countries should face the same rules and waiting periods.
The facts on the ground are being created right now. Every day that passes makes it more difficult to reverse the damage that has already been done.
Illegal Immigration – Ron Paul