AND IN THE GRANITE STATE
Launching on Thursday afternoon at Riley’s Gun Shop in Hooksett, N.H.: It’s “Sportsmen for Mitt Coalition,” organized by Ralph Demicco, owner of the shop, and vice president of Gun Owners of New Hampshire.
“Hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation contribute an astounding $700 billion to the U.S. economy each year. That’s almost as much as the entirety of President Obama’s wasteful stimulus program. But whereas government has done a poor job creating employment opportunities, the industry that caters to outdoorsmen creates or supports over 6 million American jobs,” Mr. Demicco says.
“Twenty-one percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, higher than the 13 percent Gallup measured in September, and the highest rating in any month since May 2011,” reports Jeffrey M. Jones, a Gallup poll analyst.
“Even with this month’s increase, Congress’ approval rating is still low from a historical perspective. The average rating in Gallup polls since 1974 is 34 percent,” Mr. Jones notes, though he says it’s “not clear whether those frustrated with Congress would take disproportionately greater aim at one party’s members or another.”
Are voters poised to wreak vengeance? Not against the GOP, at least according to Bloomberg News, which reports that “Republicans are in a strong position to keep control of the U.S. House of Representatives next year as political analysts predict that Democrats will fall more than a dozen seats short of a majority in the Nov. 6 election,” thanks to redistricting, plus retirements among moderate Democrats.
POLL DU JOUR
• 92 percent of Ohio Democrats, 38 percent of independents and 11 percent of Republicans support President Obama.
• 85 percent of Republicans, 53 percent of independents and 6 percent of Democrats in the state support Mitt Romney.
• 77 percent of all voters in Ohio will “definitely vote,” 3 percent will “probably” vote and 20 percent already have voted.
• 60 percent of early voters chose Mr. Obama, 30 percent Mitt Romney.
• 45 percent of those who have not yet voted will support Mr. Obama, 45 percent will support Mr. Romney.
• 56 percent of women and 42 percent of men in Ohio support Mr. Obama, 37 percent of women and 51 percent of men support Mr. Romney.
• 50 percent of Ohio voters say Mr. Romney can best deal with the economy, 46 percent say Mr. Obama can best deal with it.