Featured Research


April 3, 2012

As part of our Target Voter Series, Resurgent Republic sponsored four focus groups among seniors ages 65 and older in Tampa, Florida and Grand Rapids, Michigan. These voters self- identified as Independents, voted for President Obama in 2008, but are undecided on the generic presidential ballot today. Following are key highlights pertaining to the Obama and his handling of the economy.

Read the full report: The Economy and Health Care Are Determining Factors for Seniors in 2012

  1. Consistent with our previous groups, these Obama Independents like the President and are hesitant to solely blame him for the economy. Their affinity is more due to personal characteristics rather than policy alignment. In fact, when asked to identify President Obama’s policies they like most, these voters tended to say Obama inherited major problems and then shift the conversation toward his personal favorability, using words like “sincere,” “smart,” and “compassionate.” Their blame was more directed at Washington and what they perceived as the dysfunctional nature of Congress.

  2. These seniors expressed disappointment that the President hasn’t produced the type of change they expected, but are split as to the reason why. These Independents had a mediocre opinion of the President’s job performance. They view Obama as under-performing when compared to their expectations in 2008, mostly due to the economy. Respondents in both groups believed Obama should have started bringing troops home earlier. However, they view the President as trying to fix things, but often unable to since “nothing gets done in Washington.” Some came to the conclusion that he is trying and not at fault. Others went a step further, concluding that he is not up to solving this country’s problems and that we need someone with stronger leadership skills.

Read the full report: The Economy and Health Care Are Determining Factors for Seniors in 2012

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