While the president has gotten less popular, so has Romney, and by a similar amount. Six months ago, voters were split on Romney personally, 40% favorable and 40% unfavorable. That has now slipped to 30-51. Thus, Obama’s advantage over Romney has not faltered. He led 47-41 half a year ago, and 48-41 now.
Since, as almost everywhere, the president is still more popular than any of the
Republicans, he leads the rest of the slate by even larger margins than he does Romney. Obama tops Bachmann, 51-39; Perry, 51-38; Cain, 51-35; and Palin, 54-38. Despite falling with independents, the president still leads by two to 19 points with them, because they like all the Republicans even less. All of these candidates except Romney perform worse than John McCain did in a similar turnout environment to 2008.Poll respondents report having voted for Obama by nine points, his actual victory margin.
“Colorado and Virginia are two states where President Obama seems to be holding his ground right now,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “They may be the ones that get him to 270 electoral votes next year. (Rork Emphasis)
In addition to losing head-to-head match-ups with President Obama, the GOP is taking the lion’s share of blame for debt crisis and the resulting deal:
When it comes to the blame game among voters displeased with the compromise 33% in Colorado fault Congressional Republicans more to 23% for Obama and in North Carolina 35% say the GOP is more at fault to 21% who lay it more on the President.
As Pols has said time and again, the GOP can’t put up a “generic candidate” against Obama. Every time he is facing an actual opponent, he comes out on top. To boot, congressional Republicans will be facing a voting public that places most of the blame for the debt deal debacle on them.