Economy predicted to be a major issue in the 2012 election

April 13, 2011

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Benjamin Page believes that voters' economic status will be a big issue at the 2012 polls.

Among the topics likely to gain traction in the 2012 contest are economic concerns – from gas prices to the widening gap between rich and poor. Northwestern University professor Benjamin Page has spent his career looking at how people decide who to vote for or what policy to support. More recently he’s explored what Americans really think about economic inequality. He is the Gordon S. Fulcher Professor of Decision Making at Northwestern University and a Faculty Associate at the Institute for Policy Research. He is currently conducting the Survey of Economically Successful Americans and the Common Good at NORC at the University of Chicago.

In his recent work he’s turning to Americans who have had economic success to ask them - what are the biggest problems facing this country? And how do we fix them?

He spoke to Eight Forty-Eight about how the economy will drive the 2012 election.