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PPP: Obama Trails Romney and is Losing Independent Voters

By Doug Powers  •  July 21, 2011 01:19 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

There’s a long time to go until the 2012 election and plenty can happen, but if President Obama is going to keep saying things like “job killing tax cuts,” things are only going to get worse.

Washington Times:

A Democratic polling firm said President Obama’s already weak job-approval numbers are “worse than they appear” and he likely would lose the election if it were held today.

For the first time in a year, Mr. Obama does not lead former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Public Policy Polling’s monthly national poll on the 2012 presidential race. They are tied at 45 percent, and Mr. Obama is losing among independent voters by a margin of 49 percent to 44 percent.

Worse for Mr. Obama, PPP said, the “vast majority” of undecideds disapprove of the president’s performance. The survey of registered voters was conducted July 15-17.

“There’s a very good chance Barack Obama would lose if he had to stand for re-election today,” said Dean Debnam, president of PPP. “This is his worst poll standing in a long time, and he really needs the economy to start turning around.”

As far as the economy goes, Obama still blames Bush — which might help Obama avoid a Jimmy Carter-like defeat provided he can convince the GOP to nominate Bush again.

What can Obama do to bring his numbers up even though the economy is still foundering? Is there a political Carpathia that he can attempt to summon to the rescue? Leading the charge to repeal Obamacare might help (now there’s a job killer), but Allen West will send an “I’m sorry” teddy-gram to Debbie Wasserman Schultz before that ever happens.

And about that “affordable” health insurance

**Written by Doug Powers

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