A new poll from Public Policy Polling shows President Obama trailing Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich in support for the 2012 presidential election.
Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Romney leads by 46 to 43 percent, ex-Arkansas Gov. Huckabee by 47 to 45 percent and ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich by 46 to 45 percent.
Obama is tied with ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at 46 percent. The only potential Republican candidate he leads is lesser-known Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, 44 to 36 percent.
The president’s numbers are the worst ever in Public Policy Polling’s monthly survey.
But the poll respondents didn’t express much enthusiasm for the potential Republican candidates either. Of the five contenders, only Huckabee has more people who view him favorably than unfavorably -- 37 percent to 28 percent.
Romney received a favorable rating from 32 percent of respondents and an unfavorable rating from 33 percent. For Gingrich, the margin was 32 to 42 percent, for Palin it was 37 to 52 percent and for Brewer 17 to 20 percent.
Still, Republicans enjoy a strong advantage over Obama among independent voters. Those respondents favored Romney over the president by 48 to 35 percent, Gingrich by 50 to 39 percent, Huckabee by 46 to 40 percent, Palin by 47 to 42 percent and even Brewer by 38 to 37 percent.
So what should we make of these results?
“Obviously 2012 is a long ways off, and the immediate relevance of these numbers is limited,” Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling, wrote on the firm’s web site.
“It's possible we'll look back on polls like this 28 months from now after Obama's been reelected and laugh. But it's also possible that we'll look back on the summer of 2010 after he's been defeated and see it as the time when his prospects for reelection really took a turn for the worse.”
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