There are oodles of interesting tidbits in this US News poll . More people think Bush was a better president than Obama; there's a 9 point generic ballot lead for the GOP; 54% say the tea party has been a good thing for America; the Democratic attack against the GOP for special interest money is not having an impact; and Obama's approval is at a dismal 42%.
But by a whopping 56-38 margin, voters don't want to give Obama a second term:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, rapped by the White House for pledging to make Barack Obama a one-term president, seems to have the support of a majority of Americans. A new poll provided to Whispers says that 56 percent of likely voters want the president fired.
According to pollster Doug Schoen, whose new poll shows vast support for the Tea Party movement among voters, the president is still liked by about half the nation. In fact, more like him personally than like his policies. Some 48 percent think he's a nice guy, while just 42 percent approve of his job performance.
But that personal favorability doesn't translate into re-election support when voters are asked if Obama deserves a second term. Says Schoen: "Despite voters feelings toward Obama personally, 56 percent say he does not deserve to be re-elected, while 38 percent say he does deserve to be re-elected president." Worse, Schoen adds, "43 percent say that Barack Obama has been a better president than George W. Bush, while 48 percent say Bush was a better president than Obama has been."
One troubling bit from the poll is that there doesn't seem to be a Republican candidate - yet - who can challenge Obama. People may not like the job he's doing, but they have yet to see an alternative from the GOP.