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Today we introduce the Purple Election Perspective. This monthly snapshot will provide a bipartisan look at key indicators for 2012.
In our first edition, we focus on critical economic and opinion data points that will set the national political terrain for the upcoming cycle. We also add essential context – comparison data for other incumbents over the last eight cycles.
At this early stage, President Obama finds himself facing an extremely difficult political environment as he ramps up his re-election campaign. Nearly every indicator – economic and opinion – puts him in a poor position relative to other successful incumbents.
It is important to emphasize that it is premature to make predictions – and as you’ll see in this month’s Purple Election Perspective, other incumbents have seen dramatic improvements during their re-election year.
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