Obama Facing Terrible Polling as 2012 Election Approaches

Politics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 15, 2011   |   10:36AM   |   Washington, DC

President Barack Obama is facing terrible polling numbers heading into the 2012 election, as Americans continue to be more than open to replacing the pro-abortion president next year.

A Tuesday CNN poll saw Obama’s negative ratings reach an all-time high as 55 percent disapprove of his job as president while only 43 percent approve — higher numbers in the CNN poll against Obama than at any time in his presidency.

On unemployment, he hits 59 percent disapproval mark and 61 percent disapproval on the economy. His overall disapproval with men is 59 percent and 50 percent with women. Only non-white voters and those under the age of 34 approve of his job as president. Even 21 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of independents disapprove.

Meanwhile, the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows just 23% of the nation’s voters strongly approve of how he is handling his job as president while 40 percent strongly disapprove. Overall, 46% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) at least somewhat disapprove.

Breaking down Rasmussen’s numbers further only finds bad news for Obama:  Thirty-two percent (32%) believe the president’s policies have helped the nation’s economy while 50% believe they have hurt. Just seventeen percent (17%) now believe the country is generally heading in the right direction.

In 2008, Obama won 53%-46% but a Tuesday Rasmussen survey showed a generic Republican candidate holds a five-point advantage over President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 election match-up — the 10th week in a row the Republican has led the incumbent. Rasmussen finds the generic Republican earning 47% support, while the president picks up 42% of the vote.  Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.

Last week, the generic Republican earned the highest level of support to date against Obama, 49% to 41%.   Since weekly tracking began in early May, the Republican has earned 43% to 49% support, while the president has picked up 40% to 45% of the vote.

Both Obama and the generic Republican earn strong support from their respective parties. Voters not affiliated with either major political party favor the Republican candidate by a 44% to 34% margin. Female voters are almost evenly divided over the two candidates, while male voters favor the Republican, 50% to 39%. The president continues to earn support from voters under the age of 30, blacks and voters making under $20,000 annually.  The Republican is favored among older voters, whites and those with higher incomes.

Meanwhile, the two Republican front-runners in the race, Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, both lead the president for the first time this year. Romney holds a 43% to 40% advantage over Obama, while Perry edges the incumbent 44% to 41%.

The polls in key battleground states that will determine the presidential election are also important and a new Quinnipiac University Poll, based on telephone interviews with 1,368 registered voters from Sept. 7-12, finds Obama’s disapproval rating has jumped to 54 percent in Virginia, a state he won in 2008, while just 40 percent approved of the president’s performance, down from 48 percent in the same survey in June.

A majority, 51 percent, said they did not think Obama deserves to be re-elected, compared to 41 percent who would re-elect him. Sixty-three percent of independents disapprove of his performance.

On abortion, Obama will take a massively pro-abortion record into the 2012 election campaign — making it so pro-life voters will overwhelmingly oppose his re-election.