How America Has Changed Since the 2008 Election

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  • economy 2012
  • role of federal goverment
  • Congress approval rating
  • American leadership in the global marketplace
  • Democrat Party, Republican Party
  • 2012 presidential election, social media
  • Barack Obama, John McCain, 2008 presidential election
  • Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, 2012 Presidential Election
  • President Obama approval rating

The Economy

BET.com analyzes new findings from the Pew Research Center and Gallup polling organization to compare voter attitudes from the 2008 election and today. —Britt Middleton

In the 2008 and 2012 elections, 87 percent of people said the economy is "very important" to their vote, surpassing other issues including energy, terrorism and immigration. 

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