Not even the most partisan Republican could have seen this one coming. Public Policy Polling tells the grim tale as a preview of its release of their Ohio polling results, and this is somewhat of a doozy – by an eight-point margin, Ohioans would prefer to see Dubya back in office than continue to have Obama occupy the Oval Office.
We’ll start rolling out our Ohio poll results tomorrow but there’s one finding on the poll that pretty much sums it up: by a 50-42 margin voters there say they’d rather have George W. Bush in the White House right now than Barack Obama.
Independents hold that view by a 44-37 margin and there are more Democrats who would take Bush back (11%) than there are Republicans who think Obama’s preferable (3%.)
Does this make George W. Bush a fantastic President all of a sudden? Of course not – he had approval ratings in the 30’s before the end of his second term. But it speaks to the perceived poor support of President Obama that a majority of voters in a swing state like Ohio would prefer to see a much-maligned public figure than continue with the policies and personality of the current Commander-in-Chief.
Undoubtedly the sour economy plays a huge role in this – but that’s not the only factor. The unpopularity of both the process and result of health care reform legislation has produced huge negatives for many voters, including independents. Democrats and Obama can’t blame this on poor economic luck – their own policies are sadly to blame for their polling collapse, which is why certain endangered Dems are campaigning on a platform of opposing Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama.
What a vote of confidence in what was billed as historic legislative progress. Sheesh.