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article imageIn midst of debt ceiling debate, Obama is losing his voter base

By Michael Krebs     Jul 26, 2011 in Politics
Washington - As the fallout from the debt ceiling impasse intensified on Tuesday, President Obama's overarching policies appear to have alienated his remaining voter base.
With the 2012 presidential election just over 465 days away, President Obama appears to have lost crucial support from his core base of progressive voters, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday.
The Obama presidency has largely been defined by stubborn unemployment, a struggling economy, and a debt crisis that has taken the federal government to the edge of default. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), a lead voice on progressive matters, has openly suggested the Democratic Party should field other candidates for the 2012 presidential election to compete against President Obama in the primaries.
"I think it would be a good idea if President Obama faced some primary opposition," Sanders said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Additionally, a new poll released by the Washington Post and ABC News on Monday found that 60 percent of those surveyed do not approve of the way President Obama is handling the federal budget deficit and that 57 percent do not approve of his handling of the economy.
The Washington Post reported that over a third of those polled are now convinced that President Obama's policies are hurting the U.S. economy.
According to the Washington Post / ABC News poll, Obama's support on jobs policy among Liberal Democrats has dropped considerably, crashing from 53 percent last year to 31 percent currently. In addition, among African Americans polled the president's appeal on economic policies dropped from 77 percent in October to just over half in July.
While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) work to craft an agreement on the federal debt ceiling, the plummeting support among President Obama's base does not bode well for his re-election.
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