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Americans have grown weary of the flailing Obama economy. So potent is the public’s displeasure, so deep the rejection of his failed policies, Obama’s support is fast eroding, notably among key constituencies he will need for 2012.
With the poll surge from Bin Laden’s death all but gone, and perpetually poor economic data to boot, even an unnamed Republican opponent defeats the president in two of three surveys released this month.
For a GOP field that is routinely derided as weak and unexciting—a leftist narrative—these polls, if anything, remind us that Americans are looking for a competent alterative, and that the race will be competitive.
A Republican candidate who offers a fiscally sound, pro-growth, jobs-centric agenda will provide a sharp contrast to this White House. With a clear articulation of substantive ideas, conservatives should press their case.
The president’s job approval, once as high as 76%, continues to trend downward. It stands now at 47.7%. Significantly, Obama is losing ground among Hispanics, a key group he carried overwhelmingly in 2008. And, among women, an AP poll found that only 48% believe he deserves re-election, a drop of nearly 10 points from AP’s polling just last month.
Moreover, independent voters are abandoning Obama in droves. This vital voting bloc has long since lost faith in the president’s chosen course heading, one that will transform our nation into a ghost ship of centralization.
A recent Bloomberg National Poll clearly reflects this precipitous drop in Independent support. Less than one-fourth, only 23%, said they would vote for Obama in 2012. The same poll found that just 30% of all voters were “certain” to support his re-election; 66% said the country was on the wrong track.
An unconscionable lack of presidential leadership, bad policy, ballooning debt and a sputtering economy, best explains such widespread pessimism. For many, America is fast becoming a nation unrecognizable.
Indeed, nearly 60% of Americans currently disapprove of this administration’s handling of the economy. More specifically, on jobs, the national debt and the federal deficit, voter reproach is rising. These three key issues register above, or near, 60% disapproval. Moreover, 80% of voters say “the economy is in poor shape.” An unhealthy condition that is intolerable.
Despite these numbers, Americans have yet to see the president take a more active role, most recently in the debt limit negotiations that have now stalled. Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) says Obama doesn’t have the “time” to go these meetings. But now, he has no choice. In fact, negotiations for a final debt deal have already forced Obama into the fray. Voters, however, are skeptical about just what impact that will have on reducing debt.
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