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June 07, 2011

Crash And Burn: Obama Approval Rating Underwater, Trails Mitt Romney In Washington Post/ABC News Poll

It's one poll and it's early so add a pinch of salt to your schadenfreude but enjoy it none the less.

First, the Washington Post buries it's own lead (naturally) but Jim Geraghty found the real story...Obama's approval rating with adults (not registered voters) is 47-49 approve/disapprove.

Second, only 25% of the sample identified as Republican? Um, ok.

As for Obama vs. the GOP, at this point Mitt is in the lead.

Among all Americans, Obama and Romney are knotted at 47 percent each, and among registered voters, the former governor is numerically ahead, 49 percent to 46 percent.

Overall, about six in 10 of those surveyed give Obama negative marks on the economy and the deficit. Significantly, nearly half strongly disapprove of his performance in these two crucial areas. Nearly two-thirds of political independents disapprove of the president’s handling of the economy, including — for the first time — a slim majority who do so strongly.

In another indicator of rapidly shifting views on economic issues, 45 percent trust congressional Republicans over the president when it comes to dealing with the economy, an 11-point improvement for the GOP since March. Still, nearly as many, 42 percent, side with Obama on this issue.

So, President Wonderful isn't immune to a crappy economy, high unemployment, soaring gas prices and all the rest of the traditional issues on which Presidents are judged after all.

One poll isn't enough to get me to change my mind about Romney and get on board Team Mitt but it does show that Obama is vulnerable.

Gingrich and Huntsman trail Obama by 10, Pawlentyby 11 and Bachmann 13.

As for "She who will launch 200 angry comments pro or con"....Palin trails Obama by 17 in this poll. Palin and Romney are probably the two best known names polled. Unlike Romney, that doesn't work out well for her.

Almost two-thirds of all Americans say they “definitely would not” vote for Palin for president. She is predictably unpopular with Democrats and most independents, but the new survey underscores the hurdles she would face if she became a candidate: 42 percent of Republicans say they’ve ruled out supporting her candidacy.

More than six in 10 Americans say they do not consider Palin qualified to serve as president. That is a slightly better rating for the former governor than through most of last year, but is another indication of widespread public doubts about a possible presidential run.

I don't care who you are, that kind of hole is tough to dig out of.

(Sorry, not sure why the double post. I guess we were hacked or the victim of a prank. Please respect my privacy on this matter.)


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