Derek Thompson has some interesting observations regarding a new Allstate-National Journal Heartland poll:
1) If you cut Americans' taxes, most of us will only use it to pay down debt.
2) Americans trust their government as little as Goldman Sachs.
3) The most important economic indicator for Americans is the unemployment rate. The stock market and corporate earnings come toward the bottom.
4) America's plan to speed up the recovery: Help small businesses and retrain workers.
5) Americans don't believe that deficit reduction is a priority, but they also believe that reforming entitlements like Social Security and Medicare is more important than expanding them.
You can read more of Thompson's toughts and see some graphics here.
A few things I found interesting from the poll: If the election were held today, a majority (51 percent) would elect someone besides Obama; which makes sense since 62 percent believe the country is on the wrong track, while 56 percent believe the same thing about the economy.