Poll: Majority of Americans Would Vote Against Barack Obama for President
by Steven Ertelt
January 14, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Just one year after his inauguration as president, Barack Obama now finds himself facing an American public that is dissatisfied with his performance. A new poll indicates a majority of Americans would vote against him for president if his re-election bid were held today.
The Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll shows 50% say they would probably or definitely vote for someone else over Obama.
Almost as many voters (37 percent) say they would definitely vote against Obama as say they would vote for him (39 percent).
Only 23 percent of Americans say they would definitely vote for Obama for a second term as president.
Obama’s approval rating is down to 47%, the poll showed, which constitutes a 14 percent drop since its April poll and 45 percent of Americans disapprove of his job performance, up 15 percent since then.
Conservative writer Ed Morrissey responded to the poll and said the "results are doubly bad" because "having half the country say they’d vote for a generic opponent isn’t good, but the sample type is the most Democrat-friendly a pollster can use."
The poll relied on adults — and not likely or even registered voters — which usually yields the most Democratic-friendly results.
"If Obama can’t do better than 39% among adults, he is in deep trouble and so are Democrats running in this years midterms," Morrissey says.
Obama’s presidency is quickly becoming known for his strong push for a pro-abortion, government-run health care bill — which continues to turn off voters.
And his abortion advocacy has also turned off voters, with 58 percent of Americans opposing Obama’s decision to route taxpayer funds to groups that promote and perform abortions overseas.
The National Journal poll finds just 34% say the country is moving in the right direction, down 13 points since April, and 55% say it is off on the wrong track, up 13 points over the same period.
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