Job Approval Vs. Disapproval:
- President Barack Obama – 45% Vs. 52%
Favorable Vs. Unfavorable:
- Mitt Romney – 43% Vs. 43%
- Mike Huckabee – 36% Vs. 45%
- Newt Gingrich – 33% Vs. 53%
- Sarah Palin – 34% Vs. 61%
- Donald Trump – 32% Vs. 59%
The General Election:
- Romney – 46% vs. Obama – 43%
- Obama – 45% Vs. Huckabee – 43%
- Obama – 46% Vs. Gingrich – 42%
- Obama – 50% Vs. Palin – 39%
- Obama – 47% Vs. Trump – 41%
In Nevada, a key battleground state which the GOP needs to win the Presidency in 2012 is definitely in play. President Obama is in trouble in Nevada.
Barack Obama’s standing in Nevada has taken a significant turn in the wrong direction since early January and it appears he could have a much tougher time in the state next year than he did in 2008, particularly if the Republicans nominate Mitt Romney.
Obama’s approval rating in Nevada is only 45% with 52% of voters disapproving of him. That represents an 11 point negative shift in his net approval since he posted a 50/46 spread on PPP’s first 2011 poll of the state. There are two problems contributing to Obama’s poor numbers. The first is that he is very unpopular with independents, only 33% of whom express favor for the job he’s doing to 65% who disapprove. The second is that Republicans (89%) are more united in their unhappiness with Obama than Democrats (79%) are in their approval. When independents don’t like you and the opposite party dislikes you more than your own likes you, that’s pretty much always going to be a formula for bad poll numbers.
Despite his unpopularity Obama does lead 4 of the 5 Republicans we tested against him in the state, albeit by smaller margins than what he won over John McCain in 2008.
Nevada voters are leery of President Obama. Whether it is the assinine comments about Las Vegas travel, the massive unemployment or rampant house foreclosures, Nevada is increasngly looking like an Electoral College pick-up for the Republicans.