The latest CNN poll is perhaps the worst polling news the White House has seen yet.
By a margin of 53 percent to 44 percent, Americans would now vote for Mitt Romney over Barack Obama if they had it to do over again. That nine-point margin is significantly bigger than the four-point 49 percent to 45 percent spread for Romney that CNN found just eight months ago in late 2013.
On various personal characteristics, Obama has slipped below 50 percent in a host of areas. Asked if Obama “generally agrees with you on issues you care about,” only 43 percent of voters agree. Asked if he is a “strong and decisive” leader only 48 percent agree; only 42 percent think he can effectively manage the government. The one area where Obama retains majority support is when people are asked if he cares about them — the quality that helped sink Mitt Romney’s technocratic campaign. On that issue, however, Obama is down to only 51 percent agreement.