A political tip sheet for the rest of us

By Darlene Superville

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, April 10 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

50 percent would vote for Obama

46 percent would vote for Romney

Of those struggling to remain middle class:

35 percent support Obama

58 percent support Romney

51 percent cite gas prices as a serious hardship

64 percent don't see the economy in their area improving

49 percent say jobs are difficult to find

More than 75 percent disapprove of Obama's handling of the economy

53 percent say that's a major reason to oppose him in November

Of those who describe themselves as "comfortable" or "moving up" beyond it:

59 percent support Obama

39 percent support Romney

17 percent see gas prices as a serious problem

37 percent say the economy isn't improving in their area

23 percent say jobs are very difficult to find.

40 percent disapprove of Obama's handling of the economy

57 percent trust Obama to protect the middle class


— Gingrich: Delaware

— Paul: Texas

— Romney: Connecticut, Rhode Island


— "And we made a decision over the weekend that while this presidential race for us is over, for me, and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting." — Rick Santorum.

— "Rick has waged a remarkable campaign. His success is a testament to his tenacity and the power of conservative principles." — Newt Gingrich, on Santorum dropping out.

— "Congratulations to Sen. Santorum on running such a spirited campaign. Dr. Paul is now the last - and real - conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. We plan to continue running hard, secure delegates, and press the fight for limited, constitutional government in Tampa." — Ron Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton, on Santorum leaving campaign.

— "It's no surprise that Mitt Romney finally was able to grind down his opponents under an avalanche of negative ads. But neither he nor his special interest allies will be able to buy the presidency with their negative attacks." — Jim Messina, President Barack Obama's campaign manager, on developments in the GOP campaign.

— "I wish they weren't called the Bush tax cuts. If they're called some other body's tax cuts, they're probably less likely to be raised." — Former President George W. Bush on the tax cuts he enacted in 2001 and 2003 that Democrats want to see expire and Republicans want to keep in place.

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