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A new Zogby International poll shows even the left is drifting away from Barack Obama’s side.
His re-election numbers are the lowest of his presidency so far – at 38 percent.
And only 35 percent of independents, whose support will be crucial for his re-election, would vote to re-elect him if the election were held today.
The poll also shows 55 percent of those surveyed say they want someone new at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Of those surveyed, 17 percent of Democrats want to see a change, as do 55 percent of independents and 94 percent of Republicans.
Pollster John Zogby told WND the numbers are among the lowest for a first-term president in recent memory. The poll reflects anger with Obama over his perceived mishandling of the intervention in Libya, the economy and the looming possibility of inflation, among other issues.
“This is a low number … for any president, for any incumbent,” Zogby said. “There’s a sense of disappointment from the left and the center; the right has always solidly been opposed to the president.
“Voters are not big fans of the federal government these days anyways and government, period, and the people are disappointed with Obama simply because he’s the president.”
But Zogby cautions the poll should not be taken as representing the inevitable outcome of next year’s presidential election, because a lot can happen in the next 18 months.
Let Freedom Ring President Colin Hanna sees the poll as a clear indicator that most Americans think Obama has gone too far with his economic policies.
“As his rhetoric has devolved from almost Reaganesque optimism to old fashioned demagoguery, his popularity has plummeted,” Hanna said. “His handling of the budget is a case in point and exposes an economic extremism that is far to the left.”
Both Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton had re-elect poll numbers hovering in the low 40s at this point in each of their two terms, but both went on to win second terms. While on the other hand one-term presidents such as Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter had similarly low re-elect numbers but went on to defeat.
“While the Zogby poll demonstrates that there are clear opportunities for Republicans and perhaps independent presidential candidacies next year, we must remember first that the election is still over 18 months away,” said Penn State political science Professor Robert Speel. “A lot will happen in that time, and second, that any other presidential candidate will have to be not just an alternative to President Obama, but a better alternative, and it is not clear yet if any other presidential candidate will be able to do that.”
Zogby agrees, saying Obama likely will get the credit if the economy improves in the next 18 months, noting that poll respondents said they would be more likely to re-elect the president if unemployment falls below 8 percent.
“It’s much too early to draw any conclusions at all,” Zogby said. “This is a barometric reading now.”