This WSJ poll is about six weeks out of date, so it is pretty useless for tracking the presidential race. There are some other results that have more lasting relevance. 58% say that the globalisation of the American economy has been on the whole “bad,” with just 28% saying the opposite and 11% declaring it a wash. That is pretty clearly bad news for the party most closely identified with globalisation at present. The number for those saying globalisation has generally benefited “the American economy” has dropped 14 points from a poll 10 years ago. There are as many dissatisfied with their financial circumstances (33%) as there have been since the wake of the ‘01-’02 recession. 52% said that immigration “hurts more than it helps” the United States, up eight points from last summer and back at the same levels two years earlier. As of mid-December when the poll was taken, 56% said that victory in Iraq was not still possible. All of the pro-”surge” talk affected the respondents over the course of 2007, but as of last December 44% said it had made no difference and 14% said that it had made things worse. 57% agreed with the statement that most American soldiers should be withdrawn from Iraq by the start of 2009. Except for immigration, obviously, the Republicans are on the unpopular side of every one of these questions.
The poll also has two interesting figures on anti-Mormonism. 59% could correctly identify that Romney was a Mormon, and 26% “felt uncomfortable” about Romney’s Mormonism and its possible effect on his presidential decisions (this was how the question was phrased), which was slightly higher than the percentage “uncomfortable” about his religion in the abstract.