Carol Platt Liebau
With a poll result that should strike fear into the heart of Barack Obama, a Resurgent Republic poll now finds that his favorability numbers now mirror his job-approval ratingsand are underwater, albeit slightly (48-49).

As I noted last night, there are a number of reasons why Obama's likability numbers may have stayed artificially high.  Now, however (assuming the poll is accurate), one of three things has happened: Either the President has degraded his brand through his nasty, desperate attacks on Mitt Romney; or people who may not ever have viewed him all that favorably now feel more comfortable admitting it; or people who have always liked him have nonetheless decided to vote against him, and are trying to resolve a cognitive dissonance problem elicited by their decision to vote against someone they have always personally liked.

Whatever the cause, Obama's much-vaunted favorability was really the last metric keeping him afloat.  If it's really no longer operative, he's got reason for concern.

Carol Platt Liebau

Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)" here.