Forty four percent of registered voters say they will not vote for President Obama and 37 percent say they will, according to a new poll by the Marist polling agency and McClatchy Newspapers.
The numbers suggest that support for Obama’s reelection is lagging even behind his approval ratings, which hover somewhere in the low to mid 40s.
Particularly frightening for the president is that 47 percent of independent voters say they will not support him.
But it will still matter greatly who the Republicans put up against the president. When offered a specific GOP candidate, Obama’s number tend to rise. Pitted against Mitt Romney, 46 percent would back Obama, while 45 percent would vote for Romney.
Nevertheless, this is a far cry from the 51-38 percent lead Obama held over Romney in January.