Updated December 13, 2012

Pocketbook Issues and Presidential Politics

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The health of the national economy and personal pocketbook issues are important to the voters who go to the polls in November 2012. We created an infographic to analyze the weight of economic stress that may be felt by voters depending on where they live in the United States. The infographic includes data such as unemployment rates, foreclosure rates and average personal credit scores.

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With an unprecedented number of candidates running for president, there is a great deal of political party and Super PAC spending predicted for the months leading up to the November election. The airwaves in key battleground states are likely to be awash in campaign advertising that may, at times, stray from bread-and-butter issues. Yet key economic indicators will likely provide the best clues to the mood of voters in key states.

The infographic illustrates the status of key issues and the voting record for nine states in the last two elections, each of which voted Republican in 2004 and Democratic in 2008.

"While no one knows for sure, it doesn’t appear that the outcome of the 2012 election is a given for either the Republican or Democratic Party," says Charles Tran, founder of CreditDonkey. "The voters will most probably be looking for the party and candidate who can provide a solution to the concerns which hit them in the pocketbook, such as unemployment, foreclosures, personal credit scores and household income."

(Writing by Annette; Graphic Design by Marco)

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