President Barack Obama's approval rating has dropped among his key 2008 voting blocks, and "a generic Republican" leads him in the polls, The Wall Street Journal
says on its opinion pages.
A Dec. 15 article by The National Journal — "Where Obama Has Slipped" — Ron Brownstein writes:
"Obama's approval rating is now 12 percentage points lower than his 2008 share of the vote among young adults (age 18-29); 11 points lower among African Americans; and 10 points among college-educated white women. … Compared to his 2008 showing, he's tumbled 14 percentage points among independents, another group that provided him a narrow majority of its votes last time. [Among] upper-middle-income families earning between $75,000 and $100,000 annually ... he's dropped from 51 percent of the vote with them to 44 percent approval."
The cause of the sinking numbers across so many demographic groups is, the Journal writes, administration policies "and the very negative impact they have had on our nation's economy."
The Journal says that Obama's team is pursuing European policies , compared with those of the Republican candidates in the presidential race:
* Less government spending;
* Lower taxes;
* Repeal of ObamaCare and Medicare reform;
* Opening up energy production to U.S. resources;
* Increased free trade.
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