Skip to comments.CNN: Obama losing to generic Republican challenger 45/50
Posted on 08/13/2010 11:09:41 AM PDT by La Lydia
Its still far too early to start debating the nomination for the 2012 presidential election and for that, Barack Obama can be grateful, at least for a while. In the latest CNN poll, voters overwhelmingly support his renomination but not his re-election. Instead, half of all voters prefer a generic Republican, while Obama only gets 45%, as Hotline digs into the history:
Pres. Obama trails a generic GOPer in a WH 12 re-election bid, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released today. Among registered voters, fully half, 50%, said they were more likely to vote for a generic GOPer, while just 45% said they were more likely to vote for Obama.
While the numbers are striking, the generic ballot at this stage doesnt always mean the incumbent pres. is destined for just one term. Prior to his re-election bid, George W. Bush never trailed a generic Dem, according to trends from what was then the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll. The closest a generic Dem came to Bush was 47-43% in Sept. 03.
Bill Clinton, on the other hand, trailed a generic opponent from the GOP by wide margins. In Dec. 94, a month after his party was drubbed at the polls in the midterm elections, the generic GOP candidate led Clinton, 53-39%.
True, and that was one reason why Clintons party got drubbed at the polls. Afterward, Clinton shifted towards the middle and adopted welfare reform and budget discipline while abandoning the government takeover of the health care system. In 1996, Clinton declared the era of big government dead and still only got to 48% of the popular vote in that election, winning again thanks to Ross Perots third-party campaign...
A lot of that could be non-dems who believe 0bama will be so damaged, he'll be the more beatable between himself and Hillary! And he's sending up that trial balloon about bring Hillary! aboard as VP. Ain't gonna happen. For the aging, sagging, bejoweled Hillary!, a run at the presidency is going to have to happen soon.
My thoughts exactly. “Generic” means nothing.
Just wait until there is a specific candidate
that the MSM can focus their hate laser on.
Who wouldn’t be for a fictional no name Republican instead of the communist in chief? Everyone can cast their own illusions around that generic Republican. It is when we have to nail it down to one specific, real world, living, breathing Republican that the rubber meets the road. That is much more difficult.
bill clinton is a bad example because it was a 3 way race with perot and bill never got 50% of the vote like Obama will need.
This would be the absolute worst case scenario for us in my opinion, because ... of us... WE helped hype Hillary to try and divide the democrats... Many democrats are STILL mad that Hillary didn't get the nomination... by bringing her onto the ticket ... that could bring all those people back with energy to spare.
And that could possibly mean, 16 years straight of democrats holding the presidency and appointing Supreme Court replacements for the fab 5... *shiver*
It turns out everyone is a bit smarter this time.
And we won’t fall for a RINO wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Once they put a name on the opponent it will be even wider. Look at how McMahon is closing the gap in CT. now that shes the actual nominee.
Unfortunately, Romney is not NEARLY as attractive as a generic candidate!
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