In a first for Associated Press poll, Majority Says Obama Shouldn’t be Re-elected

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion President Barack Obama

If you are pro-abortion President Barack Obama angling for a second term, you take comfort where you can, for example, in the notion that Republicans have not coalesced around a candidate and that, economically, things could get better.

That’s before you read the results of two new polls. Last May, 53% said Obama should be reelected. According to a new poll conducted by the Associated Press and Gfk Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications, 52% said Obama should NOT be re-elected, the first time majority sentiment is not in favor of four more years for Obama.

Unsurprisingly, Obama’s overall job approval ratings have also fallen sharply. Just last June 60% Obama approved of Obama’s job performance. Now 54% disapprove.

And the news gets worse. ObamaCare is the President’s “signature” domestic issue and it has never been popular with the American people. But the new AP poll finds approval for ObamaCare at a dismal 29% with 49% opposing it.

The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to ObamaCare early next year. A core component is the so-called “individual mandate.” The AP poll found a whopping 84% of Americans believe the federal government should not have the power to require all Americans to buy health insurance

“Overall, 76% of Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction and 80% rate the economy as poor,” according to the poll.

But the slippage is even worse than this. In “Where Obama Has Slipped,” the National Journal’s Ronald Brownstein writes as follows:

There’s an ominous trend for President Obama in the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll: not only is his overall approval rating lagging, but he’s lost as much (or even more) ground among groups that favored him in 2008 as among those who resisted him last time.

The chart at left compares Obama’s vote among key groups in 2008, according to exit polls, and his job approval rating among them in the latest Heartland Monitor released Thursday morning. (The survey, conducted by FTI Strategic Communications, polled 1200 adults by landline telephone and cell phone from November 30 to December 4 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.)

Overall, Obama has slipped from 52.8 percent of the vote in 2008 to 44 percent approval in the new survey with 49 percent disapproving. As the chart shows Obama has declined not only in the groups that were always dubious of him, but also with several that enthusiastically joined his winning 2008 majority.

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