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A new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll is bad news for everybody: Democrats, Republicans, President Barack Obama and the ever-growing field of those who want to deny him a second term.
National gloom stands at an all-time high with most Americans believing the country is headed in the wrong direction and headed at full speed into another recession.
“The public is incredibly pessimistic about the future,” says Peter Hart, the Democratic pollster who teams with Republican Bill McInturff to conduct the poll for the network and business newspaper.
McInturff says President Obama “is still in for a difficult race.”
Obama’s poll bump for the death of Osama bin Laden is gone and his public approval rating has slid under 50 percent but he can find some solace in the fact that 62 percent of Americans believe the nation’s economic woes were inherited from his predecessor: George W. Bush.
But his one-time large lead over GOP contenders is shrinking. His lead is now 45-40 percent when voters are asked if they would vote for the current President over a Republican challenger. A month ago, he led by 19 percent.
GOP challenger Mitt Romney enjoys a 2-1 lead over all other Republican presidential wannabes. The poll found that 45 percent of likely Republican voters say they are “dissatisfied” with the current crop of GOP candidates for President.
The poll brings really bad news for former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, whose favorable rating stands at 16 percent — a drop of eight percentage points since April.
Among GOP voters, only six percent say they would vote for Gingrich, putting him in the same league as twice-failed Presidential candidate Ron Paul, whose support stands at seven percent.
The poll also find widespread dissatisfaction with Congress and both the Republican and Democratic leaderships. Support for the tea party also continues to dwindle.