Obama’s Favorables Falling
Hotline On Call finds an interesting take-away from a new Gallup survey which was published under the banner “Majority of Americans Wouldn’t Like Al Gore to Run for President in 2008.”
Obama’s fav ratings have dropped 10 points in a month, into HRC territory.
I’ve argued from the beginning that Barack Obama was likely starting at the apex of his popularity and that it would naturally fall once he was forced to take stances on controversial issues. Yet, thus far, he really hasn’t done that yet, unless one counts the freebie position that Don Imus should be fired.
Looking into the numbers though, it’s a mixed bag. Here are the favorables of the leading Democratic contenders among “adults” (i.e., not “likely voters”):
Sure enough, Obama’s numbers are well within the margin of error of Clinton’s. Then again, what’s more important than “favorables” — which can easily evaporate over time — are the much harder to change “unfavorables.” There, Obama is doing much, much better than Clinton — 20 points! — among the national sample.
While that may be important come the general election, though, the first task is to get the Democratic nomination. On that score, Clinton reverses that 20 point advantage:
The key here is the staggering 27 percent “no opinion” group. Where they will go is the $64 million question.
As an interesting aside, I’m baffled that 58 percent of Democrats have “no opinion” on Joe Biden. The man’s been on the national stage for decades, having first run for president in 1988 before anyone outside of Arkansas had ever heard of Hillary Clinton and before Barack Obama was even born. (Just kidding on the last one. Obama was 26 at the time. But the launching of his political career was still eight years in the future.) Then again, 10 percent have “no opinion” on John Edwards, who was the vice presidential nominee two years ago.