It Is Way Too Early To Handicap 2012 . . .

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on July 20, 2009

But it is not too early to note that Barack Obama is not the exceptionally popular politician so many people make him out to be:

If the 2012 presidential election were held today, President Obama and possible Republican nominee Mitt Romney would be all tied up at 45% each, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

The president, seeking a second four-year term, beats another potential GOP rival, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, by six points – 48% to 42%.

In both match-ups, seven percent (7%) like some other candidate, with three percent (3%) undecided.

Wow. Palin has been beat up without rest by the punditocracy . . . and she only trails Obama by six? And this during the first year of a new Presidency, when President enjoy a honeymoon with the public?

Obviously, a lot can happen between now and 2012. But the real dynamite in this story may have to do with the 2010 elections. If there already is a significant amount of dissatisfaction with the Obama Administration, I have to think that there is a great deal of dissatisfaction with the Democratic Congress. And Congress has a lot less time to get on the good side of the voters than does the Obama Administration.

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