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Poll details: Declines for Obama on all major issues

The poll showed a decline for President Barack Obama among rural voters in every issue area covered in the poll compared with his standing in September, the Center for Rural Strategies said in its analysis of the poll results.
  • Values: Rural voters gave Romney a 22-point advantage on the question of which candidate shared “your values.” Last month, Romney’s lead on the “values” question was 14 percentage points.
  • Economy: Romney had a 30-point lead on the question of who would do best job of “improving the economy,” compared to a 17-point lead in last month’s poll.
  • Medicare and Social Security: According to this poll, 62 percent of rural voters said Romney would do a better job saving Medicare and Social Security, compared to just 15 percent who favored President Obama — a 47-point difference. In September, Romney had only a 9-point advantage on the Medicare and Social Security question.
  • The middle class: Romney’s advantage on who would do a better job at “addressing the needs and concerns of the middle class” increased to 20 points, from a 6-point advantage in September.
  • Federal deficit: In this October poll, 63 percent said Romney would do a better job of “reducing the federal deficit.” Only 26 percent favored Obama on this question.
  • Women: The only areas where the president is close to Romney are in women’s issues and health care. Romney holds a 3-point advantage in this poll on questions of who would do a better job of addressing their views on health care. Greenberg sees a potential advantage for Democrats talking about women’s issues. But even those categories showed a movement toward Romney. In September, rural voters gave Obama a 5-point advantage on who would do the best job of “addressing the needs and concerns of women.” In the October poll, voters favored Romney by 2 points on this same question.
  • Health care: When asked specifically about “Obamacare,” rural swing state voters disapprove of that legislation by a 60 percent to 34 percent margin.