Looking at the 2012 election there aren't too many issues that voters will use as their "deciding issue". It looks like a coin toss, unless something big happens, either positive or negative to the economy. I can't remember an election cycle where both parties are hell-bent on losing the 2012 election when they have a winning position. Two-thirds of Americans (66%) give the president negative ratings on his handling of jobs while three in ten (29%) give him positive marks on this; Looking at the economy overall, over three in five U.S. adults (62%) give President Obama negative ratings while one-third (33%) give him positive ones. In January, 67% gave the President negative ratings; The President spent a large part of last year pushing forward his health care reform package, yet almost three in five Americans (58%) give him negative ratings on his handling of it while 37% give him positive ratings; As the issue of education, from teachers' unions to reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, takes a more prominent role, half of Americans (52%) give President Obama negative ratings on his handling of this issue and two in five (39%) give him positive marks; The world has watched as the unrest in the Middle East moves from country to country and the situation changes on a daily basis. A majority of Americans (52%) give President Obama negative ratings on his handling of the situation there while 39% give him positive marks; There is a closer divide when it comes to the issue of the environment. Just under half of Americans (48%) give President Obama negative ratings while 41% give him positive marks on his handling on this issue. 2012 may be about the economy, price of gas, jobs, czars, unions, illegals, THE DEBT, entitlement problems, cap+trade, Obamacare, not stopping wars fast enough, Holder and the Department of Jihad, extending the Bush tax cut, and those are just the ones I can think of... Economic Views Sag, Obama Rating Slips | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press The S&P Bond Rating may mean no more borrowing - like Greece, unless its high rates... Obama downplays rating agency's 'negative' outlook on U.S. bonds - The Oval: Tracking the Obama presidency I can do the GOP position of those issues, but lets just say you either support Obama's position, or the GOP's.