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Why isn't the bad economy hurting Obama?

I eagerly read David Lauter's recent article on the current presidential polling data and the apparent lack of impact of recent weak jobs data ("Jobs data don't rattle pols' polls," July 8). I have to say I was disappointed by the absence of any insightful analysis.

He appears to follow what is the conventional wisdom that any bad economic data will send undecided voters flocking to the challenger's camp. This may well be a result of flawed and superficial polls that don't provide a deep look at voter sentiment, but it seems just as likely that it's because he is touting the current media narrative.

Could it be that while voters are concerned about the economy they also don't think Mitt Romney is offering a prescription for our economy's ailments?

I know this was a story about the horse race and not a serious news analysis about the impact of job statistics on voter attitudes or even perceptions of which candidate is offering the most viable turn-around plan. However a thoughtful piece about either would have served to enlighten. Instead, he simply tried to explain away the continued support for President Barack Obama.

H. Alexander Satorie-Robinson

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