National surveys show consumers’ mood is brightening, and it’s not just holiday cheer. The more positive outlook has a lot to do with the steep drop in gasoline prices since last summer. 2015 holds the promise of more price relief not only at the gas pump but also at grocery stores.
Poll: Ohio GOP Voters Prefer Romney, Perry A Close 2nd
A new poll of Ohio Republican voters says former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is the most popular GOP presidential candidate, but Texas Governor Rick Perry would beat Romney in a head-to-head race.
Among all contenders in the poll from Quinnipiac University, nine percent of voters prefer former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, followed by businessman Herman Cain at seven percent, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul at six, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich each at four percent, and Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann at three percent.
In a poll on the 2012 general election, Ohio voters slightly prefer President Obama to both Romney and Perry, although 53 percent of voters disapprove of the Presidentâ€™s job performance and 51 percent say he doesnâ€™t deserve re-election.
In Ohioâ€™s U.S. Senate race, Sherrod Brown holds a double-digit lead over both Republican candidates, former state Senator Kevin Couglin and Ohio treasurer Josh Mandel.
The poll also highlights the hot-button issue of Social Security. Democrats overwhelmingly support raising the ceiling for taxable Social Security income, while nearly half of Republican respondents liken the program to a Ponzi scheme.