McClatchy: WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's approval ratings have sunk to the lowest level of his presidency, so low that he'd lose the White House to Republican Mitt Romney if the election were held today, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.
The biggest reason for Obama's fall: a sharp drop in approval among Democrats and liberals, apparently unhappy with his moves toward the center since he led the party to landslide losses in November's midterm elections. At the same time, he's gained nothing among independents.[…]
Overall, just 42 percent of registered voters approve of how he's doing his job, while 50 percent disapprove.
Obama's standing among Democrats dropped from a month ago, with his approval rating falling to 74 percent from 83 percent, and his disapproval rating almost doubling, from 11 percent to 21 percent.
Among liberals, his approval rating dropped from 78 percent to 69 percent and his disapproval rating jumped from 14 percent to 22 percent.
His position among independents remained virtually the same, with 39 percent approving and 52 percent disapproving. A month ago, it was 38-54.
The president's continued failure to rally independents could ruin his bid for re-election. A hypothetical 2012 matchup showed him getting the support of 44 percent of registered voters and Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, getting 46 percent.
I would not jump for glee over this poll. Yes, the left is quite angry at Obama today, but the very same people who are wetting the bed over maintaining the tax rates for the wealthy, will be flocking to the polls in 2012 to make sure those tax rates do not become permanent under a Republican president.
I also severely doubt Romney can beat Obama. Whoever wins the Republican nomination is going to get exactly what Sarah Palin has gotten over the last two years. I just don’t see Mitt Romney being capable of withstanding that kind of assault. Check out this video as an example. I think this is why the very left leaning McClatchy decided to highlight Romney beating Obama.