By a margin of 53 to 37 percent, independents told the conservative-leaning research group that Obama is more interested in “campaigning against Republicans in Congress to win reelection” than “working with Republicans to get things done.”
The poll also found that Obama is losing support among some of the key coalitions that turned out for him in 2008, such as private sector union households, younger voters and, in particular, Hispanics.
According to the RR poll, Hispanic voters only prefer Obama over a Republican candidate by a margin of 48 to 35 percent. Obama carried 67 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2008.
As he faces an enthusiasm gap in his core constituency, the president may have a hard time duplicating the voter turnout that propelled him into the White House in 2008.
Without the energy of his unique and history-making 2008 run, some have speculated that the Obama campaign might have to run a considerably more negative campaign this time around. The RR poll suggests that this move could backfire.
The RR poll also backed up the findings of last week’s USA Today-Gallup poll, which showed the president will have an uphill battle in some of the key swing states he won in 2008. According to the RR poll, 53 percent of voters in the eight states that went for Bush in 2004 and Obama in 2008 say it’s time for someone else to be president.
Even worse for the president, independents in those toss-up states say it’s time for someone else to take over by a margin of 61 to 28 percent.