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Wall Street Journal: Yeah, More Bad Polls for Obama


If President Obama and his supporters thought today’s Washington Post poll was excessively gloomy about his reelection prospects, today’s Wall Street Journal poll doesn’t offer much sunshine, either. Once again, Obama’s approval rating has hit a new low within a survey’s history, at 44 percent, and his disapproval has hit a new high, 51 percent.

The lowest this survey ever found the “right track/wrong direction” responses was in October 2008, when 12 percent said the country was on the right track, and 78 percent said the country was headed in the wrong direction. Today, that figure is at 19 percent right, 73 percent wrong.

Only 40 percent say they will “probably” vote for Obama in 2012; 44 percent say they will “probably” vote for the Republican. Obama can reassure himself that he leads Perry 47 percent to 42 percent, and Mitt Romney 46 percent to 45 percent.

As I noted on Twitter, among union households, 49 percent disapprove of Obama; 45 percent approve.

Asked who they would prefer to control Congress, 47 percent say they would prefer a GOP-controlled Congress, 41 percent would prefer a Democrat-controlled one. Interestingly, only 42 percent say their representative deserves reelection; 47 percent say it’s time for someone new. The survey found 54 percent wished they could vote out every member of Congress.

The Journal finds Rick Perry leads the GOP field with 38 percent, Mitt Romney is at 23 percent, Ron Paul 9 percent, Michele Bachmann 8 percent, and Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain tied at 5 percent.

Tags: Barack Obama , Mitt Romney , Polling , Rick Perry


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