A new poll out today indicates a growing lack of confidence in Barack Obama, as an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey out shows for the first time more people disapprove of Obama's job performance than approve (45% approve, 48% disapprove).
As it feels like CL has written in this space numerous times in 2010, the poll indicates serious trouble for Congressional Democrats this November. GOP pollster Bill McInturff said voters' feelings are typically set by June in any election year. And with huge unemployment numbers and an environmental disaster still ongoing, he says, "It would take an enormous and seismic event to change the drift of these powerful forces in November."
In terms of voter intensity, local Democrats can continue to spin this any way they want, but nationally the numbers are dismal for them. The poll shows that just 44% of Obama voters are expressing a high interest in this November's election. That's down 38% from 2008, while 71% of John McCain voters are psyched up for November 2.
Meanwhile, President Obama has definitely (pardon the cliche) "doubled down" in Afghanistan by naming war hero General David Petraeus to take over the struggling situation in Afghanistan from disgraced General Stanley McChrystal.
And fun facts about McChrystal the Day After his sacking. Marc Ambinder from the Atlantic writes that he's actually a liberal. Ambinder writes this morning:
Even more about McChrystal: now it can be told. The story about him voting for Obama is not contrived. He is a political liberal. He is a social liberal. He banned Fox News from the television sets in his headquarters. Yes, really. This puts to rest another false rumor: that McChrystal deliberately precipitated his firing because he wants to run for President.