NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk residents have made more contributions to President Barack Obama’s campaign but have given more money overall to his opponent Mitt Romney. Obama is polling higher among likely voters throughout the state.
As of the end of August, Obama received 178 contributions from Norwalk residents, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Those contributions total $87,303. Romney received 106 contributions, totaling $119,890.
According to a recent poll by Quinnipiac University, more Connecticut residents support Obama in the election than Romney. Fifty-two percent of likely voters say they would vote for Obama, while 45 percent say they would vote for Romney. But 12 percent of Obama supporters and 12 percent of Romney supporters say they could change their minds.
Women polled say they support Obama, 59 percent to 38 percent, while men support Romney, 53 percent to 45 percent. Obama leads all income brackets except those making more than $100,000 per year, who are split 49-49 between the two candidates. Independents support Romney, 49 percent to 47 percent.
Norwalk Republicans overwhelmingly supported Romney during the presidential primary in April. Romney received 780 of the 1,097 votes cast, or 71.1 percent. Since winning the primary, he has received 54 contributions totaling $42,820. Since choosing Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate in August, he has received five contributions totaling $4,200.
The economy is the most important issue among the 1,472 people polled by Quinnipiac. Medicare was also extremely important to potential voters. Of those polled, 49 percent said they believe Romney would be better for the economy, compared with 44 percent who believe Obama would be better. Fifty-one percent said they believe Obama would be better for Medicare, compared with 41 percent who believe Romney would be better.