Sunday, recent polls indicate that President Obama’s campaign for reelection is nearing a flat-line. The results of two polls combined, Rasmussen and Gallup, confirm that President Obama’s job approval has dived amid Benghazi errors no one forced the Obama administration to make. Obama’s current position of edgy vulnerability apparently is even more damning because it signals that Mitt Romney’s momentum is, indeed, both significant and solidly real.
Polls continue to show the presidential race in a dead heat nationally; however, overnight, stunning poll results indicate that Romney’s gains are holding steady or edging up while Obama may have hit a ceiling. As time runs out on the election clock, the Obama campaign must reckon with stats showing an increasing number of Americans who disapprove of how Obama has done his job plus the reality that Obama’s poll numbers fail to show signs of a lift. When Obama’s numbers do move, it’s too often in the wrong direction.
David Axelrod, perhaps the topmost adviser to President Obama’s reelection campaign, was out trying to play down the polls on Sunday. Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union, Axelrod dutifully dismissed polls that show Romney possesses the edge. Out of what Axelrod called a “plethora” of polls showing Romney pushing ahead while Obama’s are either dropping or standing still, the only poll Axelrod told the anchor, Candy Crowley, that he liked was the poll he thought mirrored “reality.” It was a poll put out by CNN on Friday, which showed Obama leading in Ohio.
Putting a positive spin on negatives is difficult; however, Axelrod gave it his best whirl. He urged Obama supporters to disregard polling results that are contrary to Obama. In his opinion, early voting was a better measure of how well the Obama campaign was faring. “A third of the people in Iowa have voted … and we believe we are mounting up a very, very large lead in Iowa based upon where those early votes are coming from.”
It seems especially desperate that Axelrod pointed to Iowa as his best reference since the four most influential newspapers in that state, including The Des Moines Register which hasn’t endorsed a Republican in years, have endorsed Romney. By Axelrod’s own account, only one-third of the people have voted, leaving two-thirds of the vote remaining. Those newspapers agree the dismal progress Obama has made in the economy was the catalyst for their endorsement, and are as follows:
- The Des Moines Register: “Mitt Romney offers a fresh economic vision”
- The Cedar Rapids Gazette: “Mitt Romney”
- The Quad City Times: “Ready for change”
- The Sioux City Journal: Mitt Romney the change America needs”
John Nolte, writing for Big Government, observed: “In the Rasmussen poll that tracks the president’s approval rating amongst likely voters, over the last four days, Obama’s job approval has dipped from 50 to 47%. Meanwhile, his disapproval number has spiked to 52%. That’s a five-point negative spread … Today, Gallup has Obama upside down, 46 to 49 percent with all adults. [“With all adults” broadens the polling to provide the most wiggling room for Obama to do well.] Three days ago, Obama was above water, 51 to 44 percent. That’s a huge swing.”