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Poll shows Obama ratings down but still strong

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NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that Obama’s popularity ratings are lowest yet, but he still leads any GOP contenders.

President Obama and the Democrats just suffered one of their worst defeat in the midterm elections. At the same time, Mr. Obama’s concessions to the Republican party in order to get the tax cuts passed has angered many who supported him. Despite all of this, a recent poll conducted by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal shows that he may be down, but he isn’t out.

Leads any contenders from GOP

The poll revealed that most voters are unhappy with the way President Obama has handled things so far. Many also say that they feel the country is on the wrong track. Only about a third who were questioned felt that the economy was going to recover anytime soon.

However, despite all of the negative feelings, the poll showed that President Obama would steal enjoy a comfortable lead against some of the GOP leaders mentioned for possible 2012 contenders. For example Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin would lose in a head-to-head match up against President Obama.

According to the survey, if Obama were to face off against Romney it would be 47 percent to 40 percent in favor of the President. If he were to face off against Sarah Palin it would be 55 percent to 33 percent in favor of Obama. Against another potential GOP candidate, Senator John Thune from South Dakota, it would be 47 percent versus 27 percent in favor of the President.

The poll also showed that a third of those questioned said that they like President Obama personally. They just seem to have issues with his policies.

The survey was conducted by the two news organization between December 9 -13. They questioned 1,000 adults and there is a stated margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Overall President Obama’s approval rating is down to 45 percent. His rating when it comes to economic issues is down to 42 percent. The other surprising thing, however, is that his percentage points have not dropped very much and have remained relatively stable.

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