Poll: Nearly Half of Democrats Support A Primary Challenge to Obama in 2012

Posted: Nov 01, 2010 12:58 PM
Memo to Politico: Conservatives can play the divide, demoralize, and conquer game, too. 

Memo to Democrats: Your 2008 coalition is coming apart at the seams.  Half of your own party has already grown weary of Hope'n'change:

Democratic voters are closely divided over whether President Barack Obama should be challenged within the party for a second term in 2012, an Associated Press-Knowledge Networks Poll finds.

Among Democrats, 47 percent say Obama should be challenged for the 2012 nomination and 51 percent say he should not be opposed. Those favoring a contest include most who backed Hillary Rodham Clinton's unsuccessful faceoff against Obama for the 2008 nomination. The poll did not ask if Democrats would support particular challengers.

A real Democratic challenge to Obama seems unlikely at this stage and his re-election bid is a long way off. But the findings underscore how disenchanted his party has grown heading into the congressional elections Tuesday.