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Thursday, February 09, 2012

One in Five Republicans Favoring Obama?

Timothy Birdnow

World Net Daily is reporting that a Wenzell poll of GOP voters (commissioned by WND) finds that one in five REPUBLICANS are leaning toward Barack Obama!

I wasn't going to bother reading the article after seeing the headline, because I thought it was going to be some liberal poll designed to disspirit the base. But WND actually commissioned the study.

From the article:

“The improvement in Obama’s prospects compared to the four remaining Republican challengers stems largely from two factors,” suggests pollster Fritz Wenzel. “First, Obama has largely avoided the political limelight while the GOP candidates savage each other with increasing intensity. Second, a smattering of evidence indicates that the economy is getting a little better, which helps the White House in the eyes of the voters. Secondly, the bloody fight for the Republican presidential nomination – by most estimations the nastiest GOP fight in memory – has really hurt the images of the challengers in the eyes of both Republicans and, especially, independent voters. For Republicans, each candidate carries with them now some taint that cannot be ignored.”

In every case except the match-up against Ron Paul, more than 20 percent of Republican voters said they are more likely to support Obama than the Republican challenger. And Ron Paul is close, as 19 percent of Republicans said they are more likely to support Obama than Paul.

Making the situation more bleak for opponents of Obama, independent voters are apparently quite put off with the Republican nomination fight. While polls last fall showed them leaning Republican by roughly a two-to-one margin, they are now either split evenly or favoring Obama.

“What must be particularly alarming to every Republican campaign regarding this nasty fight is that, even among those who say they think the nation is heading in the wrong direction, Obama still wins at least 20 percent support in head-to-head match-ups against the four remaining Republicans, and among those who said they were unsure about the overall direction of the nation, Obama wins by overwhelming percentages,” observes Wenzel.

Obama also has made tremendous inroads on enemy territory against each of the four Republicans, winning roughly 20 percent support among conservatives and even those who consider themselves to be very conservative. And, even against Mitt Romney, considered by many to be the most moderate of the GOP bunch, Obama defeats him by a large margin among moderate voters."

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Now, that is subject to change; Obama has been silent, and everyone has forgotten how annoying, pedantic, and what a general jackass the man can be. The focus is on the GOP candidates, and right now the public is not seeing them in a good light. One wonders, too, about Rick Santorum; why is HE included in this negative view when he has been almost entirely outside of the mudslinging through the campaign?

This poll more accurately reflects the public's disapproval of the fight for the soul of the GOP than any approval of Obama. And it is especially true in the ranks of the GOP, where the Establishment is trying to ram Mitt Romney down the throats of the conservative base. It's human nature; you're angry about how this thing is playing out and a pollster calls, so you say you'll vote for Obama. You won't, but you tell the guy on the phone that you will to send a message to the Party leaders.

Still, it is unsettling to say the least.

Of course, once Obama starts yapping people will start to remember why they were so down on him, and the course of things will change. This is why getting someone who can go after Obama is so important - and why Mitt Romney is such a poor choice. Romney polls well in that he does not have high negatives and is likable. Granted, badminton is pleasant and would probably poll well as a sport, but there is not much television demand for it, and I have yet to hear of badminton widows during whatever season the sport is played. One rarely sees badminton matches draw higher viewership than an NFL game. And Romney gives up the most important issues, such as healthcare, because he is onboard with Obama, just doesn't want to do it quite as fast or go as far.

Whatever the other candidate's faults, they at least bring to the table a fundamental opposition to the more onerous Obama policies.

So this poll isn't cause for panic, but it is cause for disquiet. Is America really crazy enough to re-elect Obama, to throw away not just the free market principles that have made us the greatest power on Earth but to actually throw away the country in a fiscal Roman Bacchanal? There is more at stake than just national prestige and getting the policies we want; the survival of the nation is imperiled.

We elected Obama in the first place, after all. And never forget that America re-elected Bill Clinton despite his catastrophic record on many matters and his criminal behavior. Granted, people were happy because the economy was doing well, but the economy will be roaring (on paper) by the time the election rolls around. Doubtless the numbers will be wonderful, with under 2% unemployment; everyone will read about it in the papers while standing in soup lines. Whether people actually believe that it is a matter of time before they get out of that line or not is another matter...

I fear this thing could go any way. If ever a situation was in the hands of the Almighty, it is the fate of America. Does God have any reason to save us?

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