An encouraging survey for the president that deals with broad policies, not individual controversies. This leapt out at me. When asked to choose whose economic policies they would pick between Bush's and Obama's, here's the money number:
The number of independents who said neither administration's policies would help was higher than the overall sample, 27 percent. Forty-three percent of independents favored Obama's policies, while 20 percent favored Bush's.
I have a simple suggestion for Democratic candidates: ask which of Bush's policies does their Republican opponent oppose? Keep asking. If they say spending, ask them what they intend to cut. And keep asking.