Pew Poll: Obama Looking Strong for Reelection


    Looking good!

    Barack Obama currently fares as well against a generic opponent in the upcoming presidential election as George W. Bush did in April 2003, a time when Bush’s job approval rating was much higher than Obama’s is today. He also tests considerably better than Bill Clinton did in March 1995.

    Nearly half (47%) of registered voters say they would like to see Barack Obama reelected, while 37% say they would prefer to see a Republican candidate win the 2012 election, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press conducted March 8-14 among 1,525 adults. In April 2003, 48% of registered voters said they would like to see Bush reelected in 2004; 34% said they would prefer to see a Democrat win.

    At the time, the Iraq war was viewed as moving to a successful conclusion and Bush’s job approval rating among the public stood at 72%. In a survey released earlier this month, 51% of the public approved of the way Obama is handling his job as president.

    In other words, whatever peoples’ misgivings about Barack Obama, they most certainly don’t trust the Republicans to do a better job. Also, have we ever seen a weaker field of Republican candidates than in this presidential cycle? I mean, seriously, right now someone like Jeb Bush would look like Thomas Jefferson and Ronald Reagan put together, compared to the current crop of LOSERS (Romney, Pawlenty, Gingrich, Barbour, etc.) whose names are being bandied about.

    UPDATE: In related news, Democracy Corps has polling which “shows the new Republican majority very much in play in 2012.” “In fact, these [Republican] incumbents are in a weaker position than Democratic incumbents were even in late 2009, or Republican incumbents were in 2007 in comparable surveys conducted by Democracy Corps.”

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      I absolutely agree that the Republican majority in the House is in play in 2012. The voter turnout will be higher than 2010 and will be skewed more toward minorities and young people. Hiring has begun, finally, plus peoples’ 401k’s are recovering value.

      The key will be to get strong candidates in the districts of those freshmen who have assured that little or nothing will be accomplished by Bone-er/Cantor, except to please their rabid base with off-the-wall votes that go nowhere.

      In Virginia, I’m afraid that the 9th – where coal is king – is a lost cause, but the 5th and the 2nd are winnable with really good candidates. Also, Wolf’s district should be a target.  

    • Mike1987

      which I am not hopeful then we could retake the House and own the Senate. But alas, under Kaine, I don’t see a national strategy (the raw material is so vast, the problem will be volume) to take advantage of anti-gay, anti-moooooslim, anti-women, anti-middle class, anti-union, anti-brown, pro-civil war, pro-whites only, pro-child labor, anti-jobs, anti-environment – I mean THIS IS ENDLESS material yet nothing is being done to set the stage. It takes months and months to set an environment that when campaigns actually begin, it’s on our terms. You have Democrats sniping at each other and at the President.  ENOUGH. I say if we can’t do what the republicans do (unite) we have lost and richly deserve it.