CNN released a poll over the weekend that showed if the 2012 election were held today, Mitt Romney would beat Barack Obama… easily.
According to the poll, if the 2012 election were somehow held again, Romney would capture 53% of the popular vote, with the President at 44%. Obama beat Romney 51%-47% in the popular vote in the 2012 contest. And he won the all-important Electoral College by a wider margin, 332 electoral votes to Romney’s 206.
Last November, an ABC News/Washington Post survey indicated that if the 2012 election were held again, Romney would have had a 49%-45% edge over Obama in the popular vote.
The usual suspects on the left — like Oliver Willis at Media Matters — were out in full force blaming Obama’s current unpopularity on CNN itself or a space-time continuum breach of some sort.
.@owillis Or a lot of voters realized how stupid they were to vote for Obama.
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) July 27, 2014
But as Jay Caruso points out, the answer is pretty simple — buyer’s remorse.
Obama just isn’t popular anymore. Most Americans still believe the economy stinks and think it is getting worse…
Currently, one in five Americans (20%) say the economy is excellent or good, while 33% say it is poor, resulting in a current conditions index of -13. As for the economy’s future, 38% say the economy is getting better, while 56% say it is getting worse, for an economic outlook score of -18 — the same as the previous week’s score.
…and the world seems to be in turmoil not seen in a generation.
NBC News’ Chuck Todd seems to sum up Obama’s dilemma quite well: America is fatigued.
Todd pointed out Obama’s average job rating in states with competitive 2014 Senate races was 38 percent.
“This is a country that is fatigued from this president,” Todd said. “The more foreign policy problems that pop up, you see in the poll numbers a lack of confidence in him, so to me those polls are more reflective of Obama the person and the president. It says nothing about the state of, for instance, either party.”
America seems to have concluded, as they did with George W. Bush after the 2005 Katrina disaster, they just don’t have time for Barack Obama anymore.
The only question remains — how bad will the next two years be since we are all stuck with him?
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