Rasmussen: Mitt Romney 50% – Barack Obama 42% … Hardly Good Polling Numbers for an Incumbent President
Polling woes for Barack Obama …
WOW, Rasmussen has the presumptive GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney leading Barack Obama 50% to 42%. Of course it is way too early; however, not only would I rather be up by 8% over an incumbent President and have the positive trending as well. The Rasmussen tracking poll consists of a 3 day rolling average and as stated at Powerline, since Obama announced his flip-flop on gay marriage on Wednesday afternoon, this morning’s poll would consist overwhelmingly of people who have heard that news.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows Mitt Romney earning 50% of the vote and President Obama attracting 42% support. Four percent (4%) would vote for a third party candidate, while another three percent (3%) are undecided.
To make matters worse for President Obama, Rasmussen has a total job approval of 4% and disapproval of 55%. Rasmussen’s Obama Approval Index, the difference between the number of voters who strongly approve of his performance and those who strongly disapprove, is at a 5 month low of -22%. More poor polling for Obama, only 37% give the president good or excellent marks for his handling of the economy, while 48% say he’s doing a poor job.
According to Gallup, 6 in 10 Americans said that Obama’s same sex view on gay marriage would not change their view. However, what be the more important number to look at is the number of people that his flip-flop on gay marriage would more likely vote for him. Forget Democrats, they will vote for him no matter what. However, 11% of Independents said that they were more likely vote for Obama, while 23% said they were less likely to. That can explain Obama avoiding the gay marriage issue today.
Make no mistake Republicans, it is no time to get giddy; however, it is a great position to start from. Barack Obama is going to have to do more that just have fund raisers with George Clooney and the Hollywood elite. Obama will be hard pressed to create the same magic he did in 2008, as seen by his poor attendance at Ohio St for his campaign kickoff. That was a once in a generation election. More to the point Obama must defend his hideous record for the past 3+ years on jobs, the economy, gas prices and out of control debt. There is more to being President that fund raising and class warfare. With the recent overplaying of his hand and politicizing the one year anniversary of the US seals killing Bin Laden, Obama’s recent flip-flopping on gay marriage and the poor jobs number for April … Obama finds himself in a world of trouble. Not to mention that before the 2012 election, the SCOTUS is going to render a decision on the constitutionality of Obamacare.