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Not Getting any Better for Dems

The latest Fox News/Opinion Dynamics suggests that far from improving their position, the Democrats are continuing their slide. Obama’s current approval ties his all-time low (43 percent) and less than 40 percent of voters approve of his performance on the economy, job creation, immigration, and the deficit. As for the midterm elections, there is no good news in the numbers. Republicans (66 percent) best Democrats (59 percent) when it comes to excitement about the election (“extremely” or “very interested”). And in the generic congressional poll, Republicans have a huge 47-to-36 percent advantage. (Two weeks ago their margin of advantage was only four points.)

Maybe this is a temporary dip. But the Democrats are running out of time. Clearly, a large segment of the electorate would have to be talked out of their current opinion of the president and his party in order for a Democratic wipe-out to be avoided. And if the voters are to be persuaded, Obama isn’t the one to do it. Right now, I suspect far more Republican than Democratic candidates are rooting for him to show up in their districts and states. After all, it did wonders for Bob McDonnell, Chris Christie, and Scott Brown.

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