Poll Shows Obama Trailing ‘Generic Republican’ In Battleground States
A new set of polls from Public Policy Polling shows President Obama in trouble in several key 2012 battleground states:
2010 voters in Colorado, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania all say they’d prefer a generic Republican to Obama in 2012. In Colorado it’s a close 45/50 spread, in New Hampshire it’s 40/54, and in Pennsylvania it’s 42/52. Those troublesome numbers for the President speak to two things. First, he obviously needs to get his supporters who dropped off in 2010 back to the polls in 2012…in all three of these states the electorate this year was a good deal more Republican than in 2008. Second and perhaps more worrisome for Obama though it speaks to the reality that he has picked up virtually no support since taking office, while he has lost a decent amount of it.
In Pennsylvania 11% of 2008 Obama voters say they’re inclined to vote Republican next time while only 2% who voted for McCain say they would now vote for Obama. Similarly in New Hampshire 11% of Obama voters are leaning toward supporting a GOP candidate next time to just 4% of McCain voters he’s converted to his side. And in Colorado it’s 12% who supported Obama the first time around who are now looking more toward the Republicans and only 5% of McCain voters who say Obama’s won them over.
The only problem for the GOP is that “Generic Republican” isn’t likely to be on the ballot in 2012.