Los Angeles Times

Obama 2012 support slips; Now, any generic Republican ties him
Los Angeles Times

President Obama’s done a lot of talking recently about Winning the Future. Trouble is, he’s not. Politically.

At this moment — 57% of the way through a first term with only 628 days left until the 2012 presidential election — the Democrat can only tie any conceivable Republican candidate.

The GOP doesn’t even need a frontrunner to catch the incumbent of the most powerful political office in the world. No wonder Obama’s bringing fresh blood into the White House and shipping out aides to kick-start the billion-dollar campaign back in Chicago.

And — this’ll get the ex-state senator chewing the nicotine gum faster — the new Gallup numbers show Obama significantly behind the same standing of his Republican predecessor, that Texas guy who still refuses to reciprocate Obama’s criticism of his two terms.

The youth vote, so crucial to the Democratic ticket last time, is evaporating. Going into the 2008 election Obama had 63% of the registered voters aged 18 to 34. Today, he’s got only 51%. Likewise, Obama’s support among 35-to-54-year-olds has crumbled from 53% in 2008 to 43% today.