October 12th, 2010
(SteveWatson) – With just three weeks to go until the midterm elections, a significant national poll indicates that Barack Obama has lost almost half of his support base since taking office, and while voters are turning away from the Democrats, they are also still turning away from Republicans.
Bloomberg News reports that, according to their own scientific poll, more than 4 in 10 voters who say they once considered themselves Obama backers now are either less supportive or say they no longer support the President at all.
Obama’s approval rating is 47% according to the poll, while his approval amongst those who say they were previously supporters languishes at just 39%.
Overall, a total of 64%, almost two thirds, say the country is on the wrong track, with unemployment, the federal deficit and government spending as the major issues facing the country.
55% of respondents indicated that they believe the deficit is dangerously out of control and threatens the economic future of the US, with 6 out of every 10 voters stating that Obama has damaged the economy.
A majority of voters believe that Obama and Congressional Democrats have done more to harm the country than they have to help it.
A majority of 47% believe health care bill should be repealed, with particular opposition to provisions to mandate the purchase of health insurance and greater taxes on companies that provide cheaper insurance options. A minority of 42% stated that the bill should not be repealed.
A majority of 60% also pinpointed the war in Afghanistan as “a lost cause” with just half that number still believing it can be won.
Unpopularity for Obama and the Democrats is not translating into support for Republicans however, with voters describing them as “the lesser of two evils”.
Unlike the midterms of 1994 and 2006, when the opposition party gained congressional control as voter attitudes shifted to them and away from the incumbents, the Republicans are not gaining in popularity in 2010.
49% said they still had an unfavorable view of the Republicans, with Democrats still edging favorability, 47% to 45%.
The survey also indicates that if the presidential choice at this time were between Obama and Sarah Palin, 51% would vote Obama and just 35% would vote Palin.
The full set of results from the poll can be viewed here.
All of these figures indicate that the American public is turning away from both parties in droves and seeking another choice.
Neither of the two parties achieved a 50% score when voters were asked who they would like to see in Congress.
When asked to vote for Republicans, Democrats or “Other”, Democrats scored 42%, Republicans scored 40% and 18% chose the “other” option.
Source: Prison Planet