It’s the economy, stupid: The US Presidential elections in 2012

Barack Obama’s handling of the economy will be closely scrutinised in the US presidential election campaign next year. AFP/Mandel Ngan

President Barack Obama’s handling of the US economy has come under close scrutiny following the publication of Confidence Men by Ron Suskind - which charts his struggle to contain the Wall Street crash. His bitter battle with Congress for a deal on the debt crisis has ensured that the economy will play a central role in how people vote in next year’s presidential elections.

In a video produced by the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Professor William Chafe of Duke University analyses the issues involved, and who President Obama’s Republican opponent is likely to be.