Op-Ed: Obama sinks in national poll after Clooney fundraiser

Posted May 11, 2012 by Larry Clifton
Romney crests at 50 percent in a three-way race according to a Rasmussen Reports daily Tracking Poll released on Friday.
Presumtive Republican candidate Mitt Romney
Presumtive Republican candidate Mitt Romney
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The poll is bad news for the President in light of his potential record-setting campaign spending spree and a recent $15 million haul sponsored by George Clooney and supported by a gaggle of Hollywood One Percenters.
The national tracking poll shows Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, taking 50% of the vote, President Barack Obama trailing at 43% and those who would vote for a third party candidate at 3%. The poll registered 3% as undecided. In a head-to-head match up Mitt Romney leads Barack Obama 49% to 44%.
The results have some Obama backers wondering why the President is not doing better considering he has the bully pulpit of the presidency at his disposal, a friendly mainstream media praising him (while writing mostly negative stories on Romney) and the support of Hollywood's elite glittering up his campaign.
For his part, the 50% result marks a high point for Romney and represents his largest lead to date over Obama. The results seem to suggest lingering campaign troubles for Obama concerning recent disappointing jobs reports.
In the past few days, Mr. Obama has spent much of his time expressing his change of heart on gay marriage in public speeches and media events a day before attending the Clooney fundraiser where he pocketed a cool $15 million for his re-election. Some analysts say the money was payment for his support of Gay marriage, an issue close to George Clooney's heart. However, political analysts speculate that the condition of the U.S. economy, after four years of the Obama administration, will be the deciding factor in upcoming elections.
Only 37% in the Rasmussen poll give the president good or excellent marks for his handling of the economy in the poll while 48% say he’s doing a poor job. Consumer confidence slipped four points since last week’s troubling Labor Department report on job creation and unemployment. Today, the number of people who believe their personal finances are improving edged lower from 30% a week ago to 28%. Those who say their personal finances are getting worse increased from 43% before the jobs report to 47% today.
Rasmussen Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m.