In a potentially ominous sign for President Obama, 62 percent of Americans think the country is on the wrong track, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 12 percent more than when the question was asked last month.
The result could have implications not only for Obama but for the deficit talks with more and more Americans, it would seem, prepared to swallow the tough fiscal medicine being proposed by Republicans.
Nevertheless, the poll puts Obama’s approval rating at 49 percent and finds that 45 percent would vote to elect him compared to 40 percent who would support an unnamed Republicans. Mitt Romney, who the poll shows has widened his lead among Republicans, would receive 43 percent of the vote compared to Obama’s 49 percent.
Among actual and potential GOP candidates, Romney’s support now stands at 30 percent, with Sarah Palin at 14 percent and the rest of the field in single digits.