A USA Today survey of 50 economists brought with it higher estimates of economic growth. According to the survey – the unemployment rate is expected to drop to 8% by the fourth quarter of the year – and the economy is expected to grow this year by 2.5%. Those are higher estimates than were projected by the economists three months ago.
On top of that – state unemployment rates are dropping at a faster rate than national rates – especially in 14 key swing states that will likely decide the election. In places like Michigan, Ohio, Florida, and Nevada – the unemployment rate is dropping – and President Obama’s approval is ticking up. With the economy off the table, Mitt Romney will likely have to play up wedge issues over the next few months.
Expect a lot of chatter on the right about female contraceptive use.