President Obama’s campaign is calling on supporters to grade its performance amid a difficult early June for his reelection bid against presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
“This campaign is ramping up, and the decisions we make right now will shape our path to victory in November,” said campaign manager Jim Messina in an email to supporters sent Saturday night.
“That's why I want your input, because you are the ones building this campaign on the ground in your community. We want to know from you what's working, what we could be doing better, what you care about, and what you're hearing about the President and this campaign,” said Messina.
The email contains a link to a survey asking backers to rate which issues are most important to them and the effectiveness of the campaign’s efforts so far.
The supporter survey comes on the heels of a difficult month for the president, which saw Obama’s team on the defensive over a still weak economy, a set-back for Democrats and labor groups in Wisconsin’s recall election, a strong fundraising month for rival Romney and increasing congressional anger over a series of national security leaks.
On Friday, Obama compounded his woes on the economy when he was forced to quickly walk back a remark saying that the private sector was “doing fine.” Republicans, led by Romney, who said it showed Obama “out of touch with the American people,” quickly pounced on the statement.
On Tuesday, Democrats also suffered an embarrassing defeat in Wisconsin’s gubernatorial recall election, raising questions about whether the key state could be won by Republicans in November. Obama, who sought to distance himself from the effort, faced criticism from many in his own party for not doing more to back Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s (D) bid to unseat GOP Gov. Scott Walker.
Obama was also forced to reject growing Republican calls to maintain the Bush era-tax rates, which are set to expire, after former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBill Clinton shares video update after release from hospital Biden, Democrats risk everything unless they follow the Clinton pivot (they won't) Giuliani picks Abe Lincoln filter for attack against McAuliffe MORE appeared to endorse the idea in a CNBC interview.
Adding to those worries, the administration announced Friday that two U.S. attorneys would investigate the disclosure of classified intelligence information which has spurred bipartisan anger. Republicans though have pushed for a special independent counsel to investigate the leaks.
The campaign survey sent Saturday asks respondents to mark which of “President Obama’s accomplishments are you most proud of” and rate which issues they believe are the most important and would like the campaign to focus more attention on.
Many of the questions also seek to gauge the effectiveness of the campaign’s efforts against Romney. One asks supporters if they are familiar with the campaign’s “Romney Economics” website and ad videos, which direct attacks against Romney’s business record as head of private-equity giant Bain Capital.
Others ask respondents if they have viewed Obama campaign videos on television or videos from the Romney campaign and pro-Romney super-PACs attacking the president’s record.
Fundraising numbers released this week show that Romney and the Republican National Committee (RNC) outraised Obama and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) by $76.8 million to $60 million in May.
Obama’s campaign has expressed concerns they will be outspent by pro-Romney super-PACS, many of which have received funds from wealthy donors.
Respondents are also prompted to ”rate the performance of the campaign so far” on a scale with 7 for “great” and 1 for “poor” and to describe their enthusiasm for the president and his campaign on a scale from “very enthusiastic” to “not enthusiastic at all.”
The survey also comes after a campaign video to supporters released earlier in the week where Messina reassured backers who had seen Romney rally in the polls after his bruising GOP primary.
“We knew this was going to be a tough race, and we knew that once Mitt Romney locked up the nomination, Republicans would get behind him and this race would be tight, just like we always knew it would be,” Messina said in the video.