Poll: More than 50% of Voters Don’t Believe Obama Deserves a Second Term
posted at 1:16 pm on August 9, 2011 by Howard Portnoy
Some good news and some bad news for Barack Obama. First, the good news. When asked if he deserved four more years, 47% answered affirmatively. The bad news is that 51% said he does not.
The poll, conducted by USA Today/Gallup, also finds the president ahead of the generic Republican presidential candidate 49% to 45%, and only 24% of those queried believe the majority of Congress members deserve to keep their jobs.
Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report, considers it within the realm of possibility that a fourth consecutive sweeping election in which one party loses at least 20 House seats could occur in 2012.
Rothenberg ascribes the shifting political sands to a “substantial dissatisfaction with the direction of the country, with the way things are, with the people in charge.”
On a state-by-state basis, the president’s job approval rating is above 50% in only 16 states and the District of Columbia. Among the states where Obama is polling under 50% are Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Washington, and Virginia, all of which he carried in 2008.
Perhaps most revealing of the uphill struggle he faces in winning reelection is his approval rating is at an anemic 44% in Nevada, the home state of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
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