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Political Insiders Poll: Mitt Romney Versus Rick Perry; Best Job-Creation Proposals

September 1, 2011

Who has a better chance of beating President Obama in 2012—Mitt Romney or Rick Perry?

Democrats (88 votes)

Mitt Romne: 83%
Rick Perry: 17%



“If Romney is deft enough to get the nomination, he will have proven that he can quell the Right and focus on the general.”

“Romney’s business background and relative moderation on social issues would make him a stronger general-election opponent. However, at this point, I see no path to the GOP nomination for him.”

“There is no state Perry can win that Mitt Romney won’t. There are some states Romney can put into play (MA, OH, PA, NH) that are harder for Perry to win.”

“This election is sitting on a platter for Republicans if they do it right. Romney is probably good enough. Perry will get drilled by independent voters and women.”

“Romney plays better with suburban Republicans. The Texas Ranger act does not travel so well.”

“Romney, who is now pretending to be a conservative, can always feint back to the center after winning the nomination. Perry has nowhere to go.”

“Rick Perry will have huge problems with general-election voters, not the least that he’s another ‘tough-talking’ Texan.”

“An unpopular incumbent wins by portraying his or her opponent as an even worse alternative. Easier for the president to do that with Perry.”

“Perry will drive ‘D’ turnout.”

“Rick Perry is all base and no swing.”

“There is a reason Karl Rove and other GOP leaders want Perry out; they know he’s got skeletons and is not ready for prime time.”

“Perry’s mouth will do him in.”


“Perry will energize the ‘R’ base more than Romney and will sweep the South. Romney may have some problems in the South due to evangelicals not liking the fact that he is a Mormon.”

“The GOP can’t win simply by being anti-Obama—they have to galvanize their followers, and I simply don’t believe Romney can ever do that.”

“It’s 1980 again. Some think Perry is too extreme, but it is his ability to appear genuine and confident that voters will remember.”


Who has a better chance of beating President Obama in 2012—Mitt Romney or Rick Perry?

Republicans (97 votes)

Mitt Romney: 69%
Rick Perry: 31%


“Romney understands the economy and how to grow it better than President Obama or Gov. Perry, and it shows.”

“Either Romney or Perry will get Republicans. Romney will get independents, too, and that will be the difference.”

“Romney has more national experience and more seasoned players, will trip himself up less, and will more successfully make the president’s performance the central issue.”

“Warts and all, Mitt Romney has already been vetted, whereas Perry will have to weather a drip, drip, drip of oppo research findings that could prove distracting.”

“As a conservative Republican, I love Rick Perry—but as a campaign strategist, I know the degree to which a few self-reinforcing oppo-hits can devastate a candidate.”

“Having trouble ID-ing a single independent who’d vote for Perry.”

“Perry will not wear well with indies in the Midwest, where the race will be won or lost.”

“Obama’s best argument may be, ‘We won’t go back.’ Why make it easy for them by nominating someone who can’t help but remind voters of George W. Bush?”

“Perry can fire up the base, but this election will be won in the middle, not on the fringes.”

“Perry has zero blue- or swing-state appeal. He is a priceless gift to Team Obama.”


“Romney can’t match Obama in personality, but Perry can.”

“Perry has less baggage that would undermine base turnout.”

“Perry excites the base and unifies the Reagan coalition. Romney doesn’t.”

“This will be a jobs election, and there’s only one candidate in either party who has something to show.”

“Essential to winning: a candidate with the strength to take on the Washington spending machine. Perry conveys strength, Romney not as much.”


Which, if any, of these job-creation proposals should your party support?

Democrats (89 votes)

Extending the payroll-tax holiday: 69%
Providing tax credits for firms hiring new workers: 79%
Investing in infrastructure projects, such as roads, airports, and school construction: 89%
Reducing regulations on businesses: 36%
Lowering the top corporate tax rate to 25 percent: 22%
None of the above: 0%

Extending the payroll-tax holiday

“There is no demand right now. Cutting the payroll tax for employers and employees stimulates demand (employees keep more of their money) and lowers the cost of hiring workers (by lowering the tax burden for employing somebody). It’s the best tactic on this list.”

“All job creation should be focused on helping small business, not simply rewarding the most-profitable companies or shifting federal money to states for infrastructure.”

Providing tax credits for hiring/reducing regulations

“Democrats should embrace some business-oriented ideas but tie benefits to an accountable way of increasing private-sector job growth.”

“Spare us any more pissing-in-the-wind stimulus or government hiring. The Democrats need to own private-sector invigoration.”

Investing in infrastructure projects

“Of these proposals, only one creates jobs directly. Investing in infrastructure does that, and it provides long-term benefits to the country.”

“Infrastructure, particularly schools, has an immediate and visible impact, as does tax credits for hiring new workers.”

“Infrastructure investment is by far the strongest elixir but the hardest to get through Congress today.”

“Another reminder that Dems should have done much more real stimulus when we had the chance.”

“Cutting taxes does not create jobs. Giving businesses more money does not create jobs. Creating jobs creates jobs. Build.”


Which, if any, of these job-creation proposals should your party support?

Republicans (98 votes)

Extending the payroll-tax holiday: 41%
Providing tax credits for firms hiring new workers: 39%
Investing in infrastructure projects, such as roads, airports, and school construction: 19%
Reducing regulations on businesses: 92%
Lowering the top corporate tax rate to 25 percent: 85%
None of the above: 3%

Reducing regulations on businesses

“The first trillion in demand-side stimulus didn’t work, so forget the fiscal side. Regulatory reform will work, and we have a great story to tell of an administration run amok.”

“Regulation is a hidden tax we can cut without increasing the national debt.”

“At this stage, we should accept that government intervention is not going to work. Thus, getting government out of the way is the best way to encourage job creation (real, permanent, well-paying jobs, that is).”

“Businesses need predictability before investing. Obamanomics has proven chaotic, so people are sitting on their money.”

Lowering the top corporate tax rate

“Listen to businesses. A competitive tax structure and stable regulatory environment are the only federal ‘stimulus’ efforts that will encourage businesses to invest the job-creating capital they currently hold in reserve.”

“Route to job creation: less spending, less regulating, lower tax rates. Anything else repeats the expensive spinning of wheels that we have had for the last two and a half years.”

“Bottom line: Without a major overhaul of the tax code, we’ll just be nibbling at the edges.”

“Lowering corporate taxes will do the most to produce jobs at the lowest impact on the deficit.”

“The irony is, Obama could help his reelection chances if he took Republicans up on deregulation and modest tax cuts.”

None of the above

“Jobs will be created when Wall Street and Main Street believe there is a sound economic plan.”


Democratic Political Insiders Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Deb Callahan, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Mindy Fletcher, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, George S. LeMieux, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O’Neill, Connie Partoyan, Dana Perino, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud.

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