'Obama suffered a net four point loss of support overnight - a noticeably sharp decline for a tracking poll that usually doesn't move more than a point or two in either direction on any given day.'
These polling changes are largely meaningless to the Presidency at this point in time, and similar results only forced President Clinton to re-tool his agenda, pushing him closer to the center than he might otherwise have been. To many in Congress, however, these numbers have got to be troubling. Harry Reid continues to sound increasingly desperate, while his own poll numbers have taken a long, slow dive. Generic Congressional polls place Republicans within 0.4 points of Democrats, while 58.2% (as an average of multiple polls) state that the country is headed in the wrong direction. In general, these are not the numbers to make the Democratic Party happy, and may signal a trend back toward the center.
|RCP Average||11/12 - 12/6||--||49.0||45.1||+3.9|
|Gallup||12/4 - 12/6||1547 A||47||46||+1|
|Rasmussen Reports||12/4 - 12/6||1500 LV||49||50||-1|
|CNN/Opinion Research||12/2 - 12/3||1041 A||48||50||-2|
|USA Today/Gallup||11/20 - 11/22||1017 A||50||44||+6|
|FOX News||11/17 - 11/18||900 RV||46||46||Tie|
|CBS News||11/13 - 11/16||1167 A||53||36||+17|
|Democracy Corps (D)||11/12 - 11/16||1000 RV||50||44||+6|