Rich Galen

When it comes to his handling of the economy and the deficit, only 42 percent approve of Obama's ability to deal with the economy (57 disapprove), and only 39 percent think he knows what he's doing when it comes to dealing with the deficit (58 disapprove).

If Barack Obama were a Republican, every news story would begin with phrases like "In an attempt to save his embattled Presidency …," and "As national polls show a continuing and growing disaffection …," and "With his re-election in real doubt, President Obama today …"

There is no rush to embrace Congressional leadership, either. According to that poll the approve-disapprove for Democrats is Congress is 36-60; for Republicans it is 34-63.

All that to say that there is a real opportunity for Republicans in 2012 if they get behind a serious, competent candidate. The poll shows only 26 percent of respondents would "definitely" vote for Obama in 2012 while an astounding 45 percent "definitely will not" vote for him.

Among Republicans in the sample, 16 percent said they would vote for Mitt Romney if there was a primary in their state on the day they took the poll. Trump came in second at eight percent. Mike Huckabee was third with six, Sarah Palin at five; Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich tied for 5th place with two percent each.


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.