WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — NBC News White House correspondent Chuck Todd said Monday that a recent poll showing that President Barack Obama losing to Mitt Romney if the election was held today is indicative of a country that is “fatigued” by the president himself.
The CNN/ORC rematch poll between Romney and Obama shows that the 2012 GOP nominee would prevail with a 53 to 44 percent advantage over the president. In response, Todd said that data is a reflection of the president, but not necessarily either the Democratic or Republican parties as a whole.
“It’s all about the president,” Todd said on MSNBC in a discussion of voter remorse. “You know his average job rating in the competitive Senate races is 38 percent?
“This is a country that is fatigued from this president that is in some ways, the more foreign policy problems that pop up … you see a lack of confidence in him,” continued Todd. “To me those polls are more reflective of Obama the person and the president and says nothing, for instance, of the state of either party.”
The same poll, however, showed that should Romney make a 2016 run for the White House he would lose to potential Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by a 55 to 42 percent margin.
“Politically speaking, there is an interesting group of people who would not vote for Obama but would pick Clinton over Romney,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “It turns out that nearly seven in ten of them are women, and 56 percent are independents.”