Granted this is about as telling as a 10 point advantage in the 3rd quarter of a basketball game, but I'm sure it has the Obama camp rattled.
New polls confirm Obama's Democratic base crumbles - latimes.comObama is running for the center already, aiming for the independents who played such a crucial role in his victorious coalition in 2008. They were the first to start abandoning the good ship Obama back in 2009 when all the ex-state senator could do was talk about healthcare, when jobs and the economy were the peoples' priority.
Now, comes a new ABC News/Washington Post poll with a whole harvest of revelations, among them, strong indications that Obama's liberal base is starting to crumble.
So, as Obama moves to the center to try to regain some of those votes, he's losing a lot of people on the left who feel they elected a liberal to be a liberal.
Some of the high points:
- Strong support among liberal Democrats for Obama's jobs record has plummeted 22 points from 53% down below a third.
- Vermont's Sen. Bernie Sanders: "I think it would be a good idea if President Obama faced some primary opposition."
- Obama enjoyed heavy support in Western and Midwestern states in 2008, but those margins have disappeared. Strong support for Obama remains only in the Northeast.
- 90% rate the economy negatively (bad news if it's "all about the economy, stupid")
- Obama's overall job approval on the economy has slid below 40% for the first time, with 57% disapproving.
- African Americans who believe the president's measures helped the economy have plunged from 77% to barely half
- Despite deteriorating confidence, polls suggest most would still vote for Obama.
- Gallup: Obama's Jewish support has been dropping the longer he's in office. That makes Jewish voters just like the rest of the average voting population, which ain't so enthused with Obama.
- A controversial McLaughlin poll of Jewish voters suggests that of those who voted for Obama in 2008, 64 percent said they still have a favorable opinion of the president overall, but only 43 percent said they would vote for him again.
- A seven-point Democratic advantage among whites under age 30 three years ago has turned into an 11-point GOP advantage today.
- A 15-point Democratic advantage among whites earning less than $30,000 annually has swung to a slim four-point Republican edge today.
- Overall, his support among white voters has evaporated. In 2008, Obama enjoyed an advantage among whites who were (in order of strength): Low Income (+15), Northeastern (+12), Catholic (+8), under 30 (+7), Midwestern (+3), Western (+2), and college grads (+1). Obama now trails in every category except by the slimmest margin among those that live in the Northeast (+1).