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Published: Wednesday, July 25 2012 9:00 a.m. MDT

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Oh My Heck!
Vernal, UT

I personally find very little that is likable about Obama. I listen to the State of the Union speeches because I feel it is important to do so, but it's just about all I can do to not turn off the TV. I can't quite put my finger on what is so annoying about him, but it is there nonetheless. I do not trust him, and I feel he has not been a good President. I know others will differ with my opinion, but this is just that...my opinion.


This headline sums up exactly what is wrong with this country and why we are STUCK in a recession.

Boise, ID

If "likability" were the most important presidential characteristic, I'd write in SpongeBob Squarepants. He seems very likable... and he's also very sympathetic to the plight of us common folk.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

People like O better than R because O understands them. Obama is the real American story, about a mixed-race son of a single mother who pulls himself up by his own efforts and thus understands the plight of the rest of us. Romney cannot possibly relate to most of us. He was born in the end zone and thinks he made a touchdown.

Farmington, UT

So the very people who voted for Taylor Hicks over Daughtry in American Idol think Obama is more likable, so they vote for Obama. It's no wonder the U.S. is dropping like a heavy brick compared to other nations in math and science...

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

irony guy
try reading the other non obama written books on him and you'll get a real perspective, great destroyer and the amateur

Spanish Fork, UT

I'm currently not excited about a Presidency from either of them. I find them to be about equally likable. I'd love if Romney would put forth a concrete plan that featured pragmatic "money sense".

Ron Paul put it all on the line with a budget that literally cut $1 trillion -- and did it without pulling the rug out from under anybody's social security or other programs that you just can't cut first day. None of the other candidates have been willing to do that.

I really appreciate Romney's business experience but I've seen very little evidence that he's willing to *apply* it in this particular job. I expect things will remain very similar regardless of which man wins this November.


This amazes me! It's a no-brainer! Do we vote for someone who is "likable", but that has a terrible track record on the economy and unemployment, or do we vote for someone that may not be as "likable" (I hardly consider Romney as "unlikable"), but that has the business sense and knowledge needed to get the economy turned around? Last time I looked, being "likable" doesn't run a country, nor will it improve the economy and turn this country around.

I agree with CottageCheese, electing someone because they are "likable" is exactly the reason the country is where it is today. Electing Obama for another four years because he is "likable" is going to sink us even further.

Provo, , UT

This just proves even more how stupid the general public is. We vote for someone we "like" and not someone who is actually ready and able to fix the issues!

Salt Lake City, UT

There's other reasons to vote for one of these candidates. Maybe people are voting on healthcare, or foreign policy, social issues, etc... or most likely they're voting on a combination of issues. Maybe they think Romney is best to run a business but that that doesn't actually translate to thinking his economic policies are all that good for the middle class and the poor (that's what my position is, I'd trust him to run a venture capital firm but I think his economic policies are horrible).

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The problem that I have about business is that I think their words don’t mean the same thing to businessmen as they do to working people. For instance, when business uses the word economy they are talking about the business environment. When workers use the word economy they are generally talking about the ability of people to pay the bills.

Business and workers are like the two sides of the same coin. They need each other but are facing in different directions.

If we elect a businessman president, business will prosper and the welfare of workers will be diminished. And since only businessmen can afford to campaign for election there is little chance of electing any one else. Our only option is in choosing the businessman who might be willing to see this nation continue rather than the man with the business philosophy of grab all you can now and run to a new game when this one is exhausted.

I think the degree in which a person claims to be conservative is a good indicator of the bad business philosophy

Murray, UT

Rasmussen Reports has it Romney 47% of the vote, Obama earns support from 44%. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided. It's been a tie at 46% for much of the year.

Obama has destroyed our immigration laws by ignoring them, or using an executive order to over ride them (labor laws concerning unlawful aliens working). He has also destroyed the Clinton era welfare reform and returned us back to the 70's. Hillary needs to punch his lights out.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

That explains why we are closing in on $16 Trillion of debt. When we make our decisions based solely on "feelings". What we need is someone that can look at the numbers and make decisions that gets the job done, without throwing us off a fiscal cliff.

I understand the bleeding heart and feelings etc. But, you're not helping anyone when the country goes into a great depression and 30-50% of the country is out of work and the other half is working in poverty wages; while the leaders we elect fly around on airplanes we pay for, golfing that we pay for, drink alcohol that we pay for, line their pockets with our money, along with their wealthy friends who they will never raise the taxes on or punish.

Wake up America. Take off the rose colored glasses and see what is happening.

But, history has proven that people will follow their leader, even if it's to their own death along with their children and wife or husband. The whole time being lied to and told that they are on the high and noble path.

It's time to think about dividing the nation.

Mesa, Az

The Presidents job is not to save his own job, but to save ours. Whoever runs for President, should be prepared to make tough decisions, they should treat the job as if they were one termers, i.e. make the tough decisions to get the country back on track. Not make decisions that may get you re-elected for a second term. However, if you do get re-elected irrespective of tough decisions, more power to you.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

@ RichardB

A quick google search will find...

"TIME has described Rasmussen Reports as a "conservative-leaning polling group"

"Rasmussen has received criticism over the wording in its polls. Asking a polling question with different wording can affect the results of the poll"

"Rasmussen's polling results diverged notably from other mainstream pollsters"

"Rasmussen conducted its polls in a way that excluded the majority of the population from answering"

So if Rasmussen is saying that Romney is winning, you can bet that the exact opposite is true.

I think most folks see Romney as a heartless flip flopper CEO that will do whatever is best for himself, NOT for the American people.

Obama's poor job record? Polls show that most Americans understand the situation he was put in. In fact, the Dnews today published a poll that said that Americans believe that we are better off economically today than 4 years ago.

The economy is recovering. Obama will win.

Americans aren't ready to give the keys back to the party who ran us off a cliff (the GOP). Romney's policies is just exactly what Bush's were. We aren't ready for that yet. Sorry.

Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
Provo, UT

Unfortunately, I don't think likeability has made a good president the last 3 1/2 years.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

The ONE thing GW Bush and the entire Republican Party has taught america....

Polls don't matter.
Votes don't matter.

The only thing that matters is this:

The Electoral College needs 270 to win it.

President Obama - 333
Mitt Romney - 215

Say what you want,
Believe what you want,
Dream what you want,

I'm gonna relax and enjoy the show.

Salt Lake City, UT

@Counter Intelligence
"I have yet to figure out what it is that people "like" about Obama"

1. He's presided over 28+ straight months of private sector job growth and needed only a year to get us from freefall to gaining jobs.
2. Ended the Iraq war.
3. Osama's gone, Afghanistan has a withdrawal timeline.
4. Libya conflict taken care of with 0 US casulaties.
5. I support healthcare reform, at least as a step towards what we really need, single-payer.
6. I believe any deficit reduction plan needs to include tax revenues in addition to spending cuts, Obama agrees.
7. Compared to the Bush budget for fiscal year 2009 Obama has increased gov't spending at the slowest rate of any president since Eisenhower
8. DADT repeal, increased gay rights.
9. I'm pro-choice.
10. I support alternative energy and environmental regulation.
11. I think the banks that caused the recession should be more regulated, not less.
12. I think Medicare should not be dismantled in favor of a different system that the Ryan plan calls for.
13. Romney wants to give a handout to the banks by returning to the old student loan system.

Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

Yes, we all agree that Mitt Romney is good at making money for himself and his investors. The question is: What is he going to do for people who are not in the investor category? All he says is "Obama is no good, vote for me and I'll do something about the economy!"

But no one knows what he plans to do. Perhaps outsource more jobs to improve corporate profits, downsize and reduce costs for corporations by further eliminating jobs and cut the economic safety net for displaced workers. This is his history. It's the only information we have to go on.

Whether people "like" Obama more than Romney is a non-issue. From what I know and see about Barack Obama, he appears to be very much I person I would like to know personally. Romney is a bit stiff and I don't really know anything about him to say whether I would want to want to know him.

For those like Counter Intelligence (Salt Lake City, UT) and others who have drunk the propaganda of "Obama is too foreign and not like us", I suspect they wouldn't like me either.

Salt Lake City, UT

@Counter Intelligence, continued
14. Obama wants to get big money/interests out of gov't, opposes the Citizens United ruling.
15. Wants military spending cuts, not increases.
16. Supports jobs bills to help keep teachers and first responders employed.
17. Supports increased infrastructure spending to keep our infrastructure maintained and create jobs that are still needed so we can bridge the gap until the private sector can fully make up for it.
18. Doesn't believe in the myth of trickle-down economics.
19. Oh and yeah, Obama is much more capable of relating/understanding the problems faced by the middle class than Mitt Romney. So yeah I mean I guess likeability is a factor... one of over a dozen.

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