Presidential Election Crowded with Unfair Attacks, Gallup Reports

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Hours after Romney’s “birth certificate” joke this morning, Gallup released a survey finding that 40% of the population believes the two presidential candidates are unfairly attacking each other, with independents agreeing that Obama is unfairly attacking Romney. Gallup reports,

Additionally, independents have grown more critical of Obama’s perceived behavior than of Romney’s, resulting in an advantage for Romney on this measure among independents.

In what’s turning out to be one of the most negative elections in history, personal attacks have become common place in political rhetoric, while debate over policy issues seems lacking. What’s more, Gallup finds that both groups of supporters feel as though their own candidate is acting fairly, and place blame on the opposing party.

While Obama and Romney argue, issues like unemployment and medicare remain unsolved, and at the end of the day, we all lose.

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  1. Sharon Doll Willis Three in 10 Americans !! ARE YOU REALLY BETTER OFF THAN YOU WERE 3-1/2 YRS AGO (unless you are one of his children who is getting O's hand-outs)? I believe you 'Obama believers', NEED to do more research. Try watching the Convention to get to know Romney better, what he stand for, his visions - and do it with an OPEN MIND! FACTS about Obama ARE FACTS !
  2. bob jackson "sharon"; Research on the Presidential candidates? "Romney-Hood" is a "HUMAN RECORDING" of The KOCH Brothers Interests. YOU know, those brothers who've vowed to spend $400 MILLION DOLLARS in this Presidential Campaign - TO BUY OUR DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT ! The KOCH Brothers who Purchased (and fund) the Tea Party as "their Army." In consideration of the 30 - 40 GOP BILLIONAIRES support, "Romney-Hood" has been OBLIGED to "Move To The FAR RIGHT," and for 'that kind of money' HE CAN'T TURN BACK ! An example of how "Far Right" he's been obligated 'to move to,' is his association with Congressman TODD AKINs' Policy on "LEGITIMATE RAPE OF WOMEN !" (Romney recruited AKIN as a SURROGATE in 2007, During his Run For The 2008 Presidential candidacy.) Catch-Up on YOUR research on that! .......
  3. Judy Walsh It does not matter what has been said. I made up my mind years ago I would not vote for Obummer period!!!! I didn't vote for him the last election. I am so glad that God is still in control!!
  4. bob jackson "judy"; And will YOU forsake Him, when President Obama is re-elected in November? "Obummer?" ... A "good Christian," would feel obliged to more respectful of the Office of President, I would think. Doesn't YOUR bible teach that? .......
  5. Dallas Dunlap Romney's whole campaign thus far has been two big lies: That the administration has cut funding for Medicare and that Obama has ended welfare to work requirements. Both of these claims are utter fabrications.
  6. Malaki Seku-Amen Well, I've heard more factual statements coming from Obama than Mitt Romney. The idea that trickle down economics will work is RIDICULOUS!!!
  7. Doug Cook If sheeple would be paying attention, the figure would be at/near 100%. Obama is lying, obfuscating, embellishing, whining and blaming just to remain in office another four more years so he can continue with the same. He's so done...put a fork in him.
  8. bob jackson "doug"; YOU appear to have become quite skilled at "bumper-sticker-speech." Too bad the crux of YOUR message is just so much "Misinforming, Drivel and Propaganda!" Engaged parties are 'On To' the "Fright-Right-LIES." Oh, and "The Dog Whistle Campaign"; continually injecting 'racist innuendo' into the discussion, doesn't 'sit well' with Intelligent, Dignified Americans - in the year 2012. .......
  9. Donna Rae Foran It's too bad free speech includes lies. I wish we could impose a Pinocchio syndrome on politicians. Most political lies seem to be generalities logic can't support. Thirty second sound bites cann't inform.
  10. Sandrah Pipkin Dickson Both parties have failed and continue to do so. I believe their game of deception and hoping the people don't find out, is horrible! I am not happy with the lesser of two evils anymore, none of us should be! We deserve better!!
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Sharon Doll Willis
Sharon Doll Willis

Three in 10 Americans !! ARE YOU REALLY BETTER OFF THAN YOU WERE 3-1/2 YRS AGO (unless you are one of his children who is getting O's hand-outs)? I believe you 'Obama believers', NEED to do more research. Try watching the Convention to get to know Romney better, what he stand for, his visions - and do it with an OPEN MIND! FACTS about Obama ARE FACTS !

Judy Walsh
Judy Walsh

It does not matter what has been said. I made up my mind years ago I would not vote for Obummer period!!!! I didn't vote for him the last election. I am so glad that God is still in control!!

Dallas Dunlap
Dallas Dunlap

Romney's whole campaign thus far has been two big lies: That the administration has cut funding for Medicare and that Obama has ended welfare to work requirements. Both of these claims are utter fabrications.

Malaki Seku-Amen
Malaki Seku-Amen

Well, I've heard more factual statements coming from Obama than Mitt Romney. The idea that trickle down economics will work is RIDICULOUS!!!

Doug Cook
Doug Cook

If sheeple would be paying attention, the figure would be at/near 100%. Obama is lying, obfuscating, embellishing, whining and blaming just to remain in office another four more years so he can continue with the same. He's so done...put a fork in him.

Donna Rae Foran
Donna Rae Foran

It's too bad free speech includes lies. I wish we could impose a Pinocchio syndrome on politicians. Most political lies seem to be generalities logic can't support. Thirty second sound bites cann't inform.

Sandrah Pipkin Dickson
Sandrah Pipkin Dickson

Both parties have failed and continue to do so. I believe their game of deception and hoping the people don't find out, is horrible! I am not happy with the lesser of two evils anymore, none of us should be! We deserve better!!

Bruce Stevens
Bruce Stevens

Who really cares! Not me. Give them them guns and lock them in a building and last one standing wins. BOO HOO

Kay Frederick
Kay Frederick

Too many don't realize how negative Romney is being because it's all sober faced lies

Justin Boone
Justin Boone

We don't care about Romney personally, as much as we care about his ethos. Privileged, ownership society... 1/10 of 1%... oligarch... who can't simply say he supports equal pay for women. Who's just the latest tool of the right wings... selling us on the systemically discredited "job creator" bullshit".

The right has succeeded in convincing us to frame everything as an "opinion"... and sold on concepts with nothing to square them being a deserving part of our discourse.

Giving another 4 trillion dollars to the wealthiest among us... and levying severe austerity on the rest of the nation... which also, we know, from history, does NOT work... to pay for it. It's 21st century fascism and it NEEDS to be "attacked". damn straight.

And let's be clear... it's not just social programs they are cutting, as if that isn't insidious enough... and not just defunding, but demonizing these programs to justify their extreme agenda... it's clean energy, environmental regulation, education, infrastructure. And NOT balancing the budget or significantly reducing our debt. It's all to give trillions more in entitlements to rich people. It's insane. If for no other reason, because it DOESN'T WORK. NOT an opinion.

How the F**K can independents be comparing these two parties?

Republican "leaders" on the energy and commerce committee, saying openly that we don;t have to worry about protecting the environment, because of "what God said"... isn't about policy, or discourse, or civility.... it's powerfully destructive ignorance. And it needs to be taken DOWN.

Michael Fisher
Michael Fisher

The fact people are even arguing about these two is ridiculous. On the major issues they agree with each other on about everything. Bottom line is they are both big government war mongers who will continue the status quo that's gotten America bankrupt. I will vote for Gary Johnson.

Justin Boone
Justin Boone

That's ridiculous. Shows are lazy and apathetic we are. There are no similarities in these two parties right now. Not in their campaigns, or in any other way.

Carol Reshenk Minor
Carol Reshenk Minor

Obama is not sitting there and taking the barbs; he is sending them back.....

Jessica Lee
Jessica Lee

Romney and Obama are one in the same. Being sold to u while Ron Paul is being pushed out by last min illegal rule changes. Such bullshit....this election is a joke and full of corruption.

Jessica Lee
Jessica Lee

The Fraud has gone too far. The GOP is dirty.

Matt Combest
Matt Combest

I think the attacks in 2008 by the GOP about domestic terrorism and birther freaks is a long time coming payback. Playing on fear of someone with middle name Hussein is deplorable.

Tim Kieser
Tim Kieser

They both are unfit, America deserves better.

Tom McKeown
Tom McKeown

Unfounded false claims are wrong, challenge your opponent on their record and platform, not some made up stuff.

Trudy Olson
Trudy Olson

Seriously? That's insane. Obama's not the one making jokes about birth certificates and LYING about actions his opponent has taken.

Brenda Fuller Shriver
Brenda Fuller Shriver

I think they're both just coming up with every ugly thing they can think of to say. It's disgusting. These people want to be our leaders? Let them show some maturity and decency.

Paula Ralaford Davis
Paula Ralaford Davis

I think the attacks are great because the responses are such a good measure of character. Grace under fire is so important in foreign affairs.

Matt Green
Matt Green

I'm indiffferent to how much they attack one another. They both suck and neither can hope to aquire votes from anyone outside the far too large group that rewards a candidate for the letter following their name rather than demanding that candidate represent their beliefs. Attacks are all they've got.

bob jackson
bob jackson

"sharon"; Research on the Presidential candidates? "Romney-Hood" is a "HUMAN RECORDING" of The KOCH Brothers Interests. YOU know, those brothers who've vowed to spend $400 MILLION DOLLARS in this Presidential Campaign - TO BUY OUR DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT ! The KOCH Brothers who Purchased (and fund) the Tea Party as "their Army." In consideration of the 30 - 40 GOP BILLIONAIRES support, "Romney-Hood" has been OBLIGED to "Move To The FAR RIGHT," and for 'that kind of money' HE CAN'T TURN BACK ! An example of how "Far Right" he's been obligated 'to move to,' is his association with Congressman TODD AKINs' Policy on "LEGITIMATE RAPE OF WOMEN !" (Romney recruited AKIN as a SURROGATE in 2007, During his Run For The 2008 Presidential candidacy.) Catch-Up on YOUR research on that! .......

bob jackson
bob jackson

"judy"; And will YOU forsake Him, when President Obama is re-elected in November? "Obummer?" ... A "good Christian," would feel obliged to more respectful of the Office of President, I would think. Doesn't YOUR bible teach that? .......

bob jackson
bob jackson

"doug"; YOU appear to have become quite skilled at "bumper-sticker-speech." Too bad the crux of YOUR message is just so much "Misinforming, Drivel and Propaganda!" Engaged parties are 'On To' the "Fright-Right-LIES." Oh, and "The Dog Whistle Campaign"; continually injecting 'racist innuendo' into the discussion, doesn't 'sit well' with Intelligent, Dignified Americans - in the year 2012. .......

Lana Gail Osborne Dearing
Lana Gail Osborne Dearing

It should be about issues not each other. Gary Johnson does issues not character assassination