A new George Washington University battleground poll shows just 38 percent of respondents believing that the president deserves to be reelected.
Though those polled retain fairly high personal approval of President Obama, his policies — led by the health-care law — remain unpopular and respondents trust Republicans more to create jobs:
It’s Obama’s policies that are hurting him right now. By a 13-point margin, voters are down on the health care law. In an especially troubling sign, more than half of self-identified independents — 54 percent — have an unfavorable opinion of the law, compared with just 38 percent who have a favorable opinion.
And by an 11-point margin, voters trust congressional Republicans to create jobs more than Obama. His approval rating stands at 46 percent, according to the poll of 1,000 likely voters, conducted Sept. 19 to Sept. 22.
Still, Obama holds advantages over potential 2012 Republican challengers — including Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin, who both have net-negative favorability.