Liberals' support for President Barack Obama is dropping, according to a poll that also shows he has not won back independents despite his recent tax-cut deal with Republicans, The New York Times reports
. The Marist University poll finds declining approval for Obama among all Democrats and no comparable rise in his standing with the swing voters who supported him in 2008 and deserted his party in November.
The poll numbers might not be large enough yet to suggest Obama will face a re-nomination fight.
Times poll tracker Nate Silver writes that “liberal dissatisfaction with Mr. Obama may not translate into a willingness to vote against him in 2012.”
But the poll is “suggestive of a potential worst-case scenario,” Silver writes.
If Obama becomes more centrist after last month’s Republican electoral landslide, Silver writes, “he will annoy liberals without winning himself much more support among independents . . . or Republicans, whose dislike for him is probably too intractable at this point."
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