More bad news for Obama: 64% of undecideds disapprove of him
Rasmussen reports that among those who wish to see a third party, or other candidate emerge in the GOP race, 64% disapprove of the president.
Why is this a significant group? In a close race, it is how the undecideds break that last week of the campaign that tells the tale. And if they are going to break 2-1 against Obama, he better start planning his presidential library:
Recent polling shows President Obama attracting between 39% and 46% of the vote against a variety of potential Republican challengers. Despite those relatively low levels of support, the president has never trailed a Republican by more than three percentage points and has enjoyed large double-digit leads in some match-ups.
But always there are a decent number of voters who say they prefer a third option or are undecided. Currently, among those who are undecided, just 34% approve of the way the president has handled his job, while 64% disapprove. Among those who prefer a third option rather than Obama or a particular GOP candidate, the president's numbers are even weaker: 13% approve, and 87% disapprove.
Put it all together, and the president earns approval from just 22% of those who currently are uncommitted to either a Republican candidate or Obama. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of this group disapprove. These figures include three percent (3%) who Strongly Approve of the president's performance and 49% who Strongly Disapprove.
Of course, not having a specific GOP candidate to compare skews the results a little. But such high disapproval ratings shows that the president has a steep hill to climb to win a second term.