Many disenfranchised voters say there really isn’t much difference in America’s two controlling political parties or the candidates for President.
But Campaign 2012 finds sharp differences on social issues and the so-called “culture wars.”
The campaigns of incumbent President Barack Obama and presumptive GOP challenger Mitt Romney offer stark contrasts on hot button issues like aboriton, same-sex marriages, women’s rights, religion and the role of government in our lives.
Obama supports same-sex marriage. Romney does not.
Romney opposes abortion rights for women. Obama is pro-choice.
Obama thinks government should provide more protections and control over the lives of all Americans.
Romney does not.
Both sides say they support tax cuts but differ on how those cuts should be applied. Obama wants to tax the rich. Romney supports tax loopholes that protect the wealthiest Americans.
Voters tell pollsters they want more leadership and action on the economy. Both sides agree the economy is the primary issue in the campaign but differ on how to fix the problems, but the differences are not as great as the divide on social issues.
“Is social issues emerge as dominant factors in the campaign, this will be more of a test for voters who are polarized,” one GOP operative tells Capitol Hill Blue. “However, as long as the economy dominates most people’s lives, the hot button issues will energize the fringe but will not be a controlling factor on Election Day.”