A few months back the Republicans seemed to have it in the bag. The president’s approval numbers were in the crapper and his constant “compromises” and cave-ins to the Republicans had many in the liberal base demoralized. All Republicans had to do was nominate Romney, keep talking about the economy, and keep Independents on their side – and the White House was theirs for the taking. But it appears that Christian Conservatives would rather rip the Republican party apart than see someone other than a fire-breathing Christian Conservative become their nominee. Add Rush Limbaugh and the media brouhaha into the mix and President Obama should be sitting pretty again despite his lackluster performance as president. But oddly enough, the polls seem to be telling a different narrative than the one the press seems to be pushing.
Rasmussen just released the results of their presidential tracking poll yesterday asking Americans their preference for President. Romney continues to beat Obama (48% to 42%) and an even bigger shocker is that Santorum also tops Obama, though just barely (45% to 44%). And before you decry Rasmussen as a Right-Wing poll, let’s look at the polls from Gallup (often considered the Democrat friendly polling site). Despite all the gifts the Republicans keep giving him, Obama’s approval rating remains under 50%. Obama only managed an average 45% approval for the month of February. And as Gallup points out: “The 50% approval mark is a crucial one for presidents in a re-election year. All incumbents who have been elected to a second term had a 50% or higher average approval rating by February of that year.” Up, down, around, and back again, this is one whacky election cycle. And, at least according to the polls, Americans aren’t really that thrilled with ANY of the presidential candidates – Democrat or Republican.