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Diane thank you very much well the 2012 presidential race on the way and things already -- on the GOP side.
For more on Google watch we are joined by -- Rasmussen Reports president Scott Rasmussen of Scott.
He's joining us by phone this morning thanks were up joining us is Scott let's Begin with.
Let's Begin with President Obama common heed to his taking vacation at a time when the not of the US -- the global economy really struggling it did not send perhaps the right.
Image or perception even though the -- guy needs a vacation does that hurt him in the polls.
You know it it probably had a bit of a negative impact.
The opposing party always use the president the hard Charlie goes on vacation.
It's especially difficult when you're going to a very nice place for the time when the global economy seems to be in danger spinning out of control.
But having said that I think the real concern for the president is not you know -- vacation time or vacation location.
It's the fact that the economy is struggling and right now people don't think anybody in Washington has a clue what to do about it.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- It's got talk about historically.
If -- we got over we've gotten over -- percent unemployment right now.
But it in the next year as safe from January to June if the number what did the numbers need to do that would.
May be helped the president.
It is long as the unemployment rate is going down is that a good thing -- what you know historically.
How have people dying when the stock market was not doing well these -- -- I -- -- well you know people are are looking for the magic indicator what does the president have to do with unemployment gets to a certain level or -- gets to a certain level.
Will that help his reelection prospects.
And I don't think they get there is a single number it's very difficult for president -- the economy is sinking if we were to go to a double dip recession for example.
On the will be very difficult for the president to get reelected and I should point out -- the talked it would double dip is a little bit misleading.
Most Americans believe that we have been in a recession consistently since late 2007.
For the president and number that I think you need to think about or -- or the attitude is how are people feeling about their own personal finances right now and we're they're going.
And the problem -- faces is that He took office at a time when people were not feeling good about their personal situations.
Between the financial industry meltdown the housing crisis and more jobs concerns.
In when He took office 35% of Americans -- their finances that are excellent.
It's three points lower than that that you need to turn that around and it's not one measure.
Everything needs to start working a little bit better.
And Scott let's go to the GOP side a very crowded field to can perhaps get even more crowded what the the candidates have to do to stick then you know to make themselves distinct from the -- You know busy -- do.
Different restriction for just about every.
Jon Huntsman seeing as we try to have been GOP constituency to draw attention to his position.
Rick Perry needs to avoid being compared to Fred Thompson because both came in very near the top of the race or Rick Perry and he's on top right now in the GOP polling.
But Thomson fizzled and -- needs to show the different.
Mitt Romney needs to continue to be a steady campaign -- And hope that something works out that -- Rick Perry can't continue these moments and so every candidate has a different challenge.
And it's worth noting that John McCain the 2008.
Never -- any single national poll until December 31 2007.
So we're still very early in this process.
Scott what about.
What is are there any surprising standouts and the polling that you died anything that jumps out at you.
That says it did is particularly interesting given who's in the race so far and given that the the time of the presidential cycle that we're -- -- Tuesday -- first almost every Republican.
President Obama does matter what name we put in there.
The president generally get support in the the low to mid 40% range now salute QE edges up -- -- -- forty but it suggests this is gonna be a referendum on president.
The Republican at this point almost doesn't matter the other big surprise.
-- on all those very very well in the polling.
He -- the president by just a single point right now.
What are the reasons for that is that.
Ron Paul draws support from the anti war left.
And that is that we that is the President Obama.
In but also just anti Washington in many ways Rasmussen Reports president Scott Rasmussen fascinating stuff and thanks for joining us this morning thank you.