Obama Losing Support Among Lefties?
I still maintain my skepticism on polls, but the WSJ’s John Fund may be on to something here:
But Mr. Obama’s tone makes more sense when one realizes that his sinking poll numbers also indicate an erosion in support with his liberal base. Only about three-quarters of self-identified liberals approve of his job performance, a number that has drifted downward since Mr. Obama compromised on tax cuts and decided to keep Guantanamo open. His latest budget deal with House Republicans only further confused his base. “I have been very disappointed in the administration to the point where I’m embarrassed that I endorsed him,” one senior Democratic lawmaker told the Daily Beast last week.
Mr. Obama is also hurting with another key element of his coalition: Hispanics. His job approval with them is now only 54% in the latest Gallup poll, down from 73% two years ago. Similarly, voters under the age of 30 give him a tepid 55% approval rating.
Given that most skeptics, like me, assume that poll numbers skew Democratic, that makes things look even worse.
Adding to The One’s problems, everything he does to shore up the lefty base is likely to anger the vast middle of the country, those folks that typically don’t follow politics but that don’t wanna pay higher taxes or higher prices at the gas pump or the grocery store. If Obama turns those people off, it’s gonna be really tough for him to get re-elected.
Prepare for a really ugly fight in 2012.