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18th December
2011
written by Sean Noble

This is the kind of headline that makes Obama campaign staffers queasy: AP-GfK Poll: More than half say Obama should lose

AP writes the story laying out the challenges that Obama faces going into next year’s election.  These three paragraphs are particularly poignant:

For the first time, the poll found that a majority of adults, 52 percent, said Obama should be voted out of office while 43 percent said he deserves a second term. The numbers represent a clear reversal since last May, when 53 percent said Obama should be re-elected while 43 percent said he didn’t deserve four more years.

Separately, 49 percent expected Obama to win re-election while 48 percent think he will be voted out of office.

Obama’s overall job approval stands at a new low: 44 percent approve while 54 percent disapprove. The president’s standing among independents is worse: 38 percent approve while 59 percent disapprove. Among Democrats, the president holds steady with an approval rating of 78 percent while only 12 percent of Republicans approve of the job he’s doing.

Buried deep in the story is this nugget:

The poll found unpopularity for last year’s health care reform bill, one of Obama’s major accomplishments. About half of the respondents oppose the health care law and support for it dipped to 29 percent from 36 percent in June.

Just 15 percent said the federal government should have the power to require all Americans to buy health insurance.

Even among Democrats, the health care law has tepid support. Fifty percent of Democrats supported the health care law, compared with 59 percent of Democrats last June. Only about a quarter of independents back the law.

When your signature piece of legislation – what was supposed to become wildly popular after the Democrats passed it – is becoming a bigger and bigger millstone around Obama’s reelection hopes.  And that’s not likely to change.

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3 Comments

  1. Robert Leach
    18/12/2011

    The poll was sponsored through ALEC, the Koch industries, and the 912 Project. It was sent to distinct households with an agenda in mind. It was not an honest poll, but an honest attempt to alter the truth.

  2. Mark Wrighton
    18/12/2011

    Maybe he will think twice about the “We-Have-To-Pass-It-To-See-What-Is-In-It” strategery next time….

  3. Sean Noble
    18/12/2011

    Robert, this was an Associated Press poll. That was clear in the post and in the link. Or does ALEC now run Associated Press? Come on.

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