As part of our continuing effort to keep our clients and friends up-to-date on the political environment as we head toward Election Day, 2012, every Friday WPA compiles the key numbers from the week and provides analysis of key trends.  The brief can be viewed in full here:

In addition to the key political numbers, this week’s analysis includes:

  • Partisan differences in how Americans see economic news coverage.
  • The impact of recent attacks and protests in the Middle East on Obama’s Foreign Policy Approval.
  • American beliefs regarding free speech versus offending other nations.

The key take aways for this week:

  • There is a distinct partisan difference in how Americans have interpreted media coverage of the economy (pg. 9).
    • 60% of Republicans feel as though the coverage of the economy has been mostly bad, yet only 15% of Democrats feel the same.
  • President Obama has seen his foreign policy approval take a severe hit in the wake of the attacks and protests in the Middle East (pg. 12).
    • There has been an eleven point swing against President Obama from August to September as his approval rating fell five points while his disapproval rating rose six points.
    • More Americans feel as though Mitt Romney “scares terrorists” as a leader than President Obama.
  • Following the protests in the Middle East, nearly 75% of Americans believe protecting free speech is more important than offending other nations (pg. 13).

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