Obama support rapidly eroding
The Kansas City Star
The last few weeks have been disastrous for President Obama, what with the awful jobless numbers for May and last week’s failure of the recall election in Wisconsin. Many of his erswhile backers are beginning to run for the exits.
Today brought a spate of stories showing that the exodus is broad-based. Obama’s support among Jews in New York State is cratering, down by 22 percent in a mere month. Black voters in North Carolina still strongly support the president, but even here the erosion is striking: down to 76 percent, compared with 95 percent in 2008. And Obama is in real trouble among non-Hispanic whites, especially young voters.
Obama’s recent announcement of support for gay marriage may be a factor cutting into his black support. Obama’s switch seems to have provided these voters — already disenchanted with the chronically sour economy — with the alibi they needed to jump ship.
Despite all this, Republican Mitt Romney hasn’t convinced many of these disaffected former Obama supporters. Romney and Obama remain in a statistical dead in the Real Clear Politics average, with Obama ahead by a mere point. Still, the trend at this point is clear. Obama is in deep trouble.