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Peace and Prosperity unlikely under Obama

American voters believe that the prospects for peace and prosperity under President Obama are less than a 50-50 proposition. According to the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Obama gets an approval rating on his handling of the economy of only 47 percent, while his foreign policy approval rating has dropped to 49 percent. 

Looking more closely at the numbers, the findings are even worse than expected for Obama: Among independents, his foreign policy approval has dropped 12 points to 41 percent. 

This may suggest that Obama has a ceiling and he can’t get to 50 percent. This is probably why Mitt Romney has stayed so high in the polls, despite all the negative media his campaign has generated in the past couple of weeks.

Also, a new Gallup poll shows that the reaction to what Romney said on the leaked video may not be as bad as I thought. Only 36 percent say his comments made voters less likely to vote for Romney. That’s actually pretty good. I figure about 45 percent of voters, being Democrats and Obama supporters, are less likely to vote for Romney if he gets out of bed on any given morning.

Ed Rogers is a contributor to the PostPartisan blog, a political consultant and a veteran of the White House and several national campaigns. He is the chairman of the lobbying and communications firm BGR Group, which he founded with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in 1991.


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