Former President Bill Clinton hopes to give a boost to President Barack Obama when he speaks at the Democratic national convention and places Obama’s name in nomination, but voters aren’t sure if the two agree on how to deal with the economy.
In a new Rasmussen Reports national survey, just 32 percent of likely voters said they believe Clinton and Obama hold similar views on how to fix the economy, while 39 percent think they have differing views on what’s needed. Another 29 percent are not sure.
Among Democrats, just over half, 51 percent, believe Clinton and Obama hold similar views on the economy, but 23 percent think they disagree.
Only 19 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of voters who are not affiliated with either major political party believe Clinton and Obama are in agreement on what economic course the country should follow.
Clinton ruffled feathers in the Obama administration recently when he disagreed with Obama and called for an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts. But at that time, 55 percent of all voters said that they trusted Clinton’s judgment on the economy more than Obama’s, while just 26 percent said they trusted Obama’s judgment more. Also, 53 percent trusted Clinton’s judgment about the economy more than Mitt Romney’s, while but 39 percent trusted Romney’s judgment more.
The Rasmussen survey also found that 54 percent of voters consider Clinton a liberal, while 70 percent think Obama is politically liberal, and 43 percent say he is very liberal.
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