Campaign Poll: Which Candidate Is Being More Truthful?

Both the Obama and Romney campaigns have made claims that the other side is lying, and that the ensuing scrutiny of such claims has been biased. Now it's time to cast your vote.

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It isn’t just the candidates who have come under fire this election season; it’s the fact-checkers (read TIME’s cover story: “The Fact Wars”). Both the Obama and Romney campaigns have made claims that the other side is lying, and that the ensuing scrutiny of such claims has been biased (see TIME’s extensive fact-check of the campaign’s biggest allegations). Now it’s time to cast your vote.

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jojo
jojo

I don't think either one is truthful! thats what's so scary!

Dianna Romero Schroeder
Dianna Romero Schroeder like.author.displayName 1 Like

AND YOU WONDER WHY YOU TIME IS NO LONGER BEING BOUGHT.. IT FULL OF LIBERAL LIES.. JUST LIKE THIS POLL.  I USE TO LOVE TO READ TIMES..NOT ANY MORE.. WAKE UP AND BE THE NEWS MAGAZINE YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO BE.. ANY TIME YOU GET AN ARTICLE BY ONE OF YOUR WRITERS CHECK FOR BIAS.. BECAUSE IT IS ALL OVER YOUR NEWS MAGAZINE.

TIME IS DEAD TO MANY FORMER READERS BECAUSE OF THE BIAS..OBAMA WORSHIP..

Candi Wease
Candi Wease like.author.displayName 1 Like

Thanks to Time Magazine for doing this. I have never in my life seen such a dishonst

presidential candidate as Mitt Romney. I find the level of his dishonesty alarming. It should be considered an honor to hold the office of the Presidency and one who seeks the office should have more respect and  for the American people they are spposed to be representing.  Mitt seems to behave like a bad parent who will say whatever is convenient to get the children stop bugging him and being a nuisance as he thinks we are to inept to understand his positions. I would say to him that if you do  not reveal your positions because you fear criticism then theyclearly are not  positions shared by those whom you are supposed to be representing.

jojo
jojo

@Candi Wease u obviously havent seen 2016 movie  either...thats scarier

Jose E. Polo
Jose E. Polo

"A repeated lie becomes a true " Who said that? Adolf Hitler propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. Time magazine you are getting good in the business of repeating lies, the only problem is that is costing you suscribers.

AlbertusMaximus
AlbertusMaximus like.author.displayName 1 Like

It is hard to believe that Time Magazine has stooped so low as to actually believe that they can convince voters of the fact that Obama and his cronies are running a pure campaign. Obama has nothing to offer for his four years. Every success he has had has been a conduit of the Bush administration. Bush planned the  pullout of Iraq. Obama failed to negotiate an agreement with Iraq as to how to leave and what footprint we would have in Iraq. Bush policies led to the elimination of Bin Laden. Even Panetta confirmed this. What about Guantanamo??? Bush was right there too. GM bankruptcy???? Bush left it up to Obama, and said so before he left. He said he didn't want to do something that would be binding to the incoming administration. He should have, because Obama sold out the stock holders and the bond holders to benefit the unions. The unions even wound up with a piece of GM. So much for the government protecting secured bond holders. White collar and non union retirees of GM lost part of their pensions. The unions didn't lose a dime. Cronyism runs shameless in this administration. Romney wanted GM to have a coordinated bankruptcy. Just like Continental Air, and many other companies. But no, Obambi had to take care of his union buddies, which he did. We no longer have a "free" press, they all seem to adore Obambi, and never once in four years have they asked Obambi anything that might ruffle his feathers. Now Time Magazine, and most of the free press realize that they have been duped like the American people by a man and his teleprompter.

I would love to see his grades and how he got the loans from the government to go to Columbia and Harvard. He has spent millions of dollars covering his tracks. The same press that sent hundreds of reporters to Alaska to "x-ray" Sarah Palin won't lift a finger to vette the president. What a joke.

Bhujangarao Inaganti
Bhujangarao Inaganti

Whatever is the polling here on the issue here....the issue is whether Romney stated his positions which he announced at the party convention on the podium of the debate. He has flip-flopped completely towards democratic agenda and i am a registered independant,so no way i trust Romney to be the President as he will endanger the country in all fields.

4aThot
4aThot like.author.displayName 1 Like

Both campaigns have twisted facts, and have rightly been called to task for it.  However, Romney has been egregious in ignoring facts, and kept on repeating again and again talking points that had been debunked.  The very first ad his campaign produced made it seem the president was saying something when in fact he was quoting John McCain.  And then he starts his debate performance by suggesting the president keeps on repeating lies.  Sorry, Mr. Romney, your pants just burned off.  

Lizzie Long
Lizzie Long

Get a grip liberals. This says far more about Time Magazine's readership than either candidates record.

bonijo2012
bonijo2012

Interesting, of course Obama was corrected by Romney on his misquotes so I guess they don't count!

Outtacontext
Outtacontext

Just before Wednesday's debate I made the following poster: http://www.flickr.com/photos/o... (Under the guise of the Chamomile Tea Party (http://chamomileteaparty.com) I've been remixing WWII propaganda posters with new text about the rancor so prevalent in political discourse today.)

We need more facts (and more fact checking). The truth and the electorate are the big losers when candidates spin big time in order to get elected) here.

Len Simpson
Len Simpson

How do u tell when  a candidate is lying? his lips are moving !

Mike P
Mike P like.author.displayName 1 Like

Cultists are inherent liars, so why would MR be any different?

phillipcsmith
phillipcsmith

Obama comes out ahead on your poll because the great majority of your readers are liberals, different from the day that Henry Luce owned and ran the magazine

Helen Freckleton-Noeth
Helen Freckleton-Noeth like.author.displayName 1 Like

Very interesting that Romney apparently won the debate but Romney is a bigger liar.  So we want a big liar running our country huh?  I'm moving to Switzerland.

david NORTHRUP
david NORTHRUP

Politicians lies  bend it their direction. fuck every two years or more often.. somewhere in America a politician has a team of PR people putting the best possible spin on conducting bias and flawed polls,  reviews of official and now often personal tax, spending, SEX, and fashion since....NO WONDER WE ARE ALL LOSING IN AMERICA----lets so something different for a national policy lets start looking at the little picture instead of stepping over it... 

Amanda Dick
Amanda Dick

you should have a "both" option. They're politicans, they always tell half-truths and fudge facts to point fingers at each other. It's not about truth, it's all about digging up dirt to throw at each other in their never ending ads.

DanCollins8
DanCollins8

President

Obama you failed to keep four American citizens safe at our embassies in

Benghazi!!!!!!

Mike P
Mike P

Dan  did you have to look on Google to spell Benghazi correctly?  tell the truth Dan

josiev
josiev

is that like ronnie alzheimer not keeping 250 marines NOT safe in libya in the '80s?

Joe Skinner
Joe Skinner

President Bush you failed to keep 300 americans safe in America on September 11th. President Clinton you failed to keep 157 Americans safe at Oklahoma City. yada yada yada

josiev
josiev

oops..my bad.  i meant beirut..not libya.   250 marines killed in beirut. i think ronnie was wandering around the room trying to find the door to the bathroom at that time........

eagleye07
eagleye07 like.author.displayName 1 Like

President Obama won the debate.  If the budget is balanced, how exactly would that create more jobs for Americans?

Dianna Romero Schroeder
Dianna Romero Schroeder

OBAMA PAID 250,000 DOLLARS FOR ONE JOB FOR ONE YEAR.. WITH ALL THIS STIMULUS MONEY.. GET THE TRUE FACT AND QUIT LIVING IN YOUR FAKE OBAMA WORLD..  15 PEOPLE PANEL WILL DECIDE IF GRANNY GETS THE OPERATION OR NOT..  WE HAVE 22 MILLION PEOPLE OUT OF WORK AND OBAMA GIVE 800,000 ILLEGAL ALIENS WORK VISA.. YES OBAMA BUYING VOTES.  OBAMA 2013 BUDGET HE PROPOSED WAS 3.8 TRILLION.. where are we suppose to get that money.. he was shot down 99 to 0.. how dumb is obama?  

libtarded
libtarded

Government produces NOTHING.  Government consumes the productive activities of others, and right now, the feds themselves are spending $1 of every $4 in the economy (the largest government spending relative to the economy since World War II).

Every dollar you don't take from a business can be used to expand that business.  Hire more, pay more to attract better talent.

Even large corporations keep their overseas profits offshore.  Why?  Because if they were to bring it back to the US, the Feds would demand 35% of it (never mind they already paid taxes on those profits in those foreign countries).  So they don't-- and spend it overseas.

Case in point.  Microsoft's buying of Skype.  Entirely foreign profits spent outside the US.

Hell-- even the liberal icon Steve Jobs BEGGED Obama to do something about the repatriation taxes-- he was salivating at bringing that money back to the US, but wasn't stupid enough to lose over a 1/3rd of it in doing so.  How many job would that have created?

But ideology trumps reason, and Obama believes in (his version of) "Fairness"-- even if it costs the government revenue.  A smart man finds the ideal taxation levels that maximize revenue to the government.

Joe Skinner
Joe Skinner

problem is we spend wayyyyy to much money on military. Military is always a drain of economic resources. At least back in the day you could use your military to take the resources of other countries.

libtarded
libtarded

FY 2013:  Defense spending is 900 Billion

That's  23.7% of the 3.8 Trillion Federal Budget, or 14% of all (Federal State amp; Local) government spending (6.4 Trillion yearly).

In comparison the feds spent, 900 Billion is on Federal Pensions, another 900 Billion on Federal Health Care, and 400 Billion in Welfare.

Source:  http://www.usgovernmentspendin...

DEFENSE is not the sole problem.  Government at all levels spending 45.7% of all money in the economy is.

libtarded
libtarded

Really? You're only concerned with 14% of the budget?

2013:

Government Pensions $1.1 trillion

Government Health Care $1.2 trillion

Government Education $1.0 trillion

National Defense $0.9 trillion <<<<

Government Welfare $0.6 trillion

All Other Spending $1.7 trillion

Total Federal Spending $6.4 trillion

Source: http://www.usgovernmentspendin...

reevu
reevu

 no, mit romney was a clear winner

TuffsNotEnuff
TuffsNotEnuff

Smooth lying can always win an argument. For today.

For tomorrow and the day after... not so much.

Tech_Ed_Guy
Tech_Ed_Guy

There are six trillion reasons Obama is lying

Tech_Ed_Guy
Tech_Ed_Guy

I can give you six trillion reasons why Obama is not telling the truth. 

josiev
josiev like.author.displayName 1 Like

and how many reasons can you give for mittens changing every bs position he stated up until is 'performance' last night?

Tech_Ed_Guy
Tech_Ed_Guy

I and my middle class friends - the ones lucky enough to be working - are facing down thousands of dollars in new taxes and higher insurance premiums. We are NOT the 1%. Government spending is out of control and Obama has done nothing but blame-shift. He couldn't even make eye contact with Romney. All I heard out of him was rhetoric and attacks. I'm an independent, not a Republican. I vote on the issues, not on the party. Obama's leadership is bankrupting our country. I hoped for improvement from the Bush era, but it only got worse. Time for a new direction.

Annie Hunt
Annie Hunt

Did you ever think that he might have been looking down because 1. he was jotting down notes and 2. that's how he listens? Some people just listen like that. Not everyone keeps eye contact, or didn't you notice that? And Obama was attacking? What are you talking about? He was asking Romney how he was planning on doing what he SAYS he's going to do, because his argument is not logical and obviously, he doesn't know himself because he kept saying the same thing over and over again and that same thing had NOTHING to do with his plan. Seriously, did you even think about the logic of Romney's argument? I want to lower the deficit by trillions, and also give 3 trillion to the military, who isn't even asking for anything, by the way. Where is all this money going to come from? It's not possible to get it the way he is suggesting and he won't give anymore ways he is planning on doing this so it seems that's his ONLY plan.

charlieromeobravo
charlieromeobravo

Polls conducted like this are amusing but meaningless unless "Swampland readers and discussion participants" is a demographic of interest to anyone outside of this website.

sacredh
sacredh

I suppose other people do count. Sniff, sniff.

grape_crush
grape_crush

No link to the poll and both of the above links return "Not Found".

Awesome.

Paul Dirks
Paul Dirks

Romney 2 out of 17 so far.......

53underscore3
53underscore3

CNN always does this.  Wonder how many votes but mine just cranked it up a notch.  Can't have been too many yet.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Romney 12.12%

Obama    88.64%

The LIEbral media bias strikes again!  How many of these votes did ACORN buy off?!  I demand you pull this poll down and replace it with one that asks if Barack Obama was a terrible President, or the worst President!

Dianna Romero Schroeder
Dianna Romero Schroeder

  AND

YOU WONDER WHY YOU TIME IS NO LONGER BEING BOUGHT.. IT FULL OF LIBERAL

LIES.. JUST LIKE THIS POLL.  I USE TO LOVE TO READ TIMES..NOT ANY MORE..

WAKE UP AND BE THE NEWS MAGAZINE YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO BE.. ANY TIME YOU

GET AN ARTICLE BY ONE OF YOUR WRITERS CHECK FOR BIAS.. BECAUSE IT IS ALL

OVER YOUR NEWS MAGAZINE.

TIME IS DEAD TO MANY FORMER READERS BECAUSE OF THE BIAS..OBAMA WORSHIP..

Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2012...

leiter1212
leiter1212

Truth has no bias.  The poll asks who is telling the truth.  Truth is what it is no matter what side you take on any issue.  You should be mad because your canidate is a flat out liar not at the poll.

Dianna Romero Schroeder
Dianna Romero Schroeder

  AND

YOU WONDER WHY YOU TIME IS NO LONGER BEING BOUGHT.. IT FULL OF LIBERAL

LIES.. JUST LIKE THIS POLL.  I USE TO LOVE TO READ TIMES..NOT ANY MORE..

WAKE UP AND BE THE NEWS MAGAZINE YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO BE.. ANY TIME YOU

GET AN ARTICLE BY ONE OF YOUR WRITERS CHECK FOR BIAS.. BECAUSE IT IS ALL

OVER YOUR NEWS MAGAZINE.

TIME IS DEAD TO MANY FORMER READERS BECAUSE OF THE BIAS..OBAMA WORSHIP..

Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2012...

J Scott Blanton
J Scott Blanton

 actually no. your wrong. the truth is whatever a person makes of it. you see and hear what you want to see and hear. if someone told you Obama created the internet would you believe it? Probably yes because surely you dumb enough to believe that Al Gore built the internet (and obama must have been his roomate). except that obama didnt go to school with al gore, and gores roomate was tommy lee jones, who also DID NOT CREATE THE INTERNET. See, the truth is what you make it. I just proved it.

Jessica Helmandollar
Jessica Helmandollar

No, you poor soul... you just threw out a couple lies, told the poster he was dumb and deemed yourself proving some sort of point without really saying anything intelligent... 

also... it's YOU'RE not YOUR.... its called english.