"Generic" Republican Candiate Enjoys Eight Point Lead for Second Straight Month
For the second month in a row, US registered voters said that they would pick a "generic" Republican candidate over Barack Obama in the 2012 Presidential election.
According to Gallup.com, 46% of registered voters said that they would be more likely to vote for an unnamed Republican candidate, while just 38% said that they would be more likely to vote for Barack Obama.
This is the second month in a row in which a "generic" Republican candidate has held an eight point lead over Obama.
Barack Obama held a slight lead over the "generic" Republican candidate in August, but has lost significant ground since then. The main reason behind Obama's drop is likely the underperforming economy that is currently very close to tipping into another recession.
The bad news for Democrats is that Obama is looking very weak compared to an unnamed Republican candidate. With the election just over a year away, it's obvious that the Democratic party has a considerable amount of work to do if they wish to remain in the White House past 2012.
The good news for Democrats? The numbers for President Obama are much better when compared against actual Republican candidates.
Back in September, Gallup.com reported that Mitt Romney enjoyed a 49-47% lead over Obama amongst registered voters.
On the other hand, Gallup had Obama enjoying a 50-45% advantage over Rick Perry in a similar poll. Rick Perry has stumbled badly in recent weeks, falling well behind Mitt Romney and Herman Cain.
The two takeaways from these numbers?
1) Support for Barack Obama is lukewarm at best
2) Voters are not overwhelmed with any of the potential Republican candidates
Source: Gallup.com - "Generic" Republican Continues to Lead Obama in 2012 Vote
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