Greg Sargent at the Washington Post picks up on a new poll out of Florida that does not bode well for the GOP.
The poll was conducted by Suffolk University and among other things asked voters “Do you think the Republicans are intentionally stalling efforts to jumpstart the economy to insure that Barack Obama is not reelected?”
The results: 49% said yes, 39% said no.
Those results certainly dovetail nicely with Obama’s reelection plan to run against a do-nothing Congress — particularly as Florida will be a key battleground in 2012 — and moreover reflect the record low approval rating Congress has been getting of late.
Sargent is not convinced the results matter and doesn’t think the rest of the poll suggests people think it does matter if Congress is out to get Obama at the expense of the country.
USA Today finds that “by nearly 4 to 1, those surveyed aren’t satisfied with the way things are going in the United States.”
And here’s why: “Residents in swing states are more likely than those elsewhere to say their families’ lives have taken a negative turn. Americans in other states also are dispirited, but not to the same degree: 44% say they’re better off; 54% say they aren’t.”
And perhaps the most worrisome for Obama: By more than 2 to 1, Republicans in swing states say they “are more likely than Democrats to say they are ‘extremely enthusiastic’ about voting for president next year.” Meaning Obama may suffer hugely from low voter turn out — especially if many of his key 2008 voters are still in Occupying mode.
Short version: Even with a faulty, messy GOP line-up Obama still has a tough road ahead.
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