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Obama vs Any Republican

Filed under: 2012 Election,Obama,Politics — DRJ @ 7:16 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

I doubted a pollster would do it but Quinnipiac has polled President Barack Obama vs Any Republican opponent, and it’s bad news for Obama:

“A year after President Barack Obama’s political honeymoon ended, his job approval rating has dropped to a negative 44 – 48 percent, his worst net score ever, and American voters say by a narrow 39 – 36 percent margin that they would vote for an unnamed Republican rather than President Obama in 2012, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.”

It’s a long time until 2012 so this isn’t meaningful, except for what it says about at least one pollster’s willingness to risk making Obama look bad.

H/T Drudge Report.


28 Responses to “Obama vs Any Republican”

  1. The problem is that generic candidates (of either party) generally poll better than specific ones. Still, those are some poor numbers for The One.

    Karl (12dcea)

  2. Still, those are some poor numbers for The One.

    Just wanna correct your spelling errors. It’s “Teh Won.”

    John Hitchcock (9e8ad9)

  3. I think there’s a klaxon horn aah oooogah aah oooogah going off in Rahm Emanuel’s and David Axelrod’s office right now. I haven’t seen a crash drive like this since the SSN Thresher went to the bottom of the Atlantic in 13,000 feet of water.

    Mike Myers (3c9845)

  4. Thanks for this uplifting post, DRJ.

    At least there’s some indication America is somewhat aware things are getting out of hand with Obama’s initiatives.

    I think most voters want their benefits + low taxes + a healthy economy.

    I am scratching my head trying to figure out how to explain that we need to cut entitlements drastically. And the sooner, the less drastic, so every day this argument isn’t won by the right, to worse it gets.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  5. Quinnipiac is so racist.

    Kidding, obviously.

    But here’s the other thing. it is easier to vote for a blank slate than for someone with a clear definition. it says something about the republican brand that the average voter assumes the random republican will have traits they prefer. but when you fill in that blank that gives democrats a change to aim their guns, to do oppo research, in short to demonize their opponent.

    But of course its easier to convince people to vote for a clean slate. why do you think obama campaigned purely on empty words like “hope and change?”

    Aaron Worthing (A.W.) (f97997)

  6. As Karl said. Mr. Generic almost always runs better.

    Also note that the overall 39-36 breakdown leaves 25 percent who are apparently undecided at this point or have no opinion. Mr. Generic GOP would need just under half of those undecideds to vote for him to reach an actual majority.

    Also, it seems a significant number of people disapprove of Obama but are not ready to commit to voting for his opponent, and, to balance that, a significant number of people approve of him, but are not ready to commit to voting for him.

    And, off topic, but you’ll probably enjoy this one.
    Just make sure you read down to the punch line.

    kishnevi (3a3033)

  7. Someone has to find out where exactly this Gen Eric Republican served and if he is free to run in 2012, because he has dynamite numbers and is a lock to kick Obama out of the White House.

    shooter (32dc25)

  8. Considering all the bleating from moonbats after the 2008 election and afterwards that the Republican Party was on the path to extinction, this poll is a bit more significant than usual for the old “generic member of Party X vs. the incumbent” poll. That being said, it’s time for anyone who actually wants to beat Obama in 2012 to get their house in order–Clinton’s re-election in 1996 two years after he was whining “It’s Nazi time!” during the Republican landslide of ’94 should be all the object lesson Republicans need regarding the need to buckle down and not take things for granted.

    M. Scott Eiland (dcaa3e)

  9. By 2012, people will wince at the very mention of the name “Obama”- many will routinely lie re. who they voted for in ’08

    And the GOP could take 40 states running Gilbert Gottfried, lol

    Reaganite Republican (6836b1)

  10. Well why you cogitate on that, consider this, if they can do this here, they can do this to anyone

    ian cormac (d407d8)

  11. If only we could run “any Republican” instead of a specific candidate.

    Patterico (c218bd)

  12. If the GOP doesn’t do a much better job of getting candidates who honestly propose to make major changes via the way both parties conduct business they’ll still lose in the end. I have slim hopes that they’re getting the message, at least if their current behavior regarding the Tea Party is any indication.

    Dmac (d61c0d)

  13. Obama will win again in 2012. Easily.

    JD (3399c0)

  14. Yay! Go “any republican”!

    Jabor (f9030d)

  15. The preferred formulation is, Go All Republicans.”

    Have Blue (854a6e)

  16. Obama will win again in 2012. Easily.

    Not if we get lucky and nominate a person like Christie or Ryan – despite their recent statements to the contrary. It could happen.

    Dmac (d61c0d)

  17. Dmac, can Christie beat Mitt Romney in a caucus like Iowa? On Super Tuesday?

    In a fair world, there would be no contest and a Ryan of a Christie will save us from a bad nominee (yet again). You’re right: that will take significant luck.

    We must be willing to take the road that actually leads us to some kind of reform of this out-of-control government, strong opposition to Obamacare, etc. And I agree, that road is actually a more sure path to a November victory.

    We still have an uphill battle.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  18. I don’t know if Christie would prevail in Iowa, but I’d bet he’d make up the difference shortly afterward. He doesn’t come across as an elitist eastern seaboard guy – as for Ryan, no problem whatsoever, he’d bowl ’em over.

    Dmac (d61c0d)

  19. Obama will win again in 2012. Easily.

    put pipe down JD
    sh*t gonna bust yer brains out
    Bummer in Summer

    ColonelHaiku (11870b)

  20. In Illinois there was inside snark, even on the left, about Obama so frequently voting
    “present” while he was in the state senate. I think at this point the polls are showing that a lot of Americans would like to see him revert to form and just vote “present” for the next two years instead of doing any thing more to harm the country. You want to play golf? Fine. You want to take Michele on dates? Fine. Just quit screwing around with our future.

    elissa (ac36f5)

  21. i could readily say that Barack Obama will be one of the greatest US Presidents;-*

    Matthew Clark (aa6fba)

  22. Obama versus any Republican? That’s a laugh. As conservative as he is Obama may as well put all pretense aside and run for reelection as a Republican.

    Painful Truth (f1ced1)

  23. barack obama would be listed as one of the greatest presidents of the USA. he is really a great person ::

    Pretty Women · (1d675f)

  24. im just saying all you republicans.. sorry i have to say is that all of you are a bunch of slefish pigs… obama is actually doing a good job tryingto fix the problems Bush made awhile back, you all are a bunch of racist people and learn how to grow up!! its annoying

    elizabeth (cbc282)

  25. Reality Police…
    Clean up on aisles 21 – 24!

    AD-RtR/OS! (b8ab92)

  26. Holy Jeebus. They make William Yelverton seem marginally sane.

    JD (0d2ffc)

  27. Elizabeth

    I am rolling around laughing at that post. that is the best parody of a deluded lefty i have ever read.

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  28. Barack Obama is the most charismatic leader and i think he is also very intelligent.,                

    Anti-Aging (6f62a7)

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