Maggie Haberman, Politico, August 29, 2011
The AP has moved some cross-tabs on President Obama from its latest poll, and they signal some low points with his 2008 coalition as the GOP moves closer to picking a general election candidate.
The key figures are:
* Just 36 percent of white voters approve of the job he’s doing, while 59 percent say he should lose in November 2012. That’s down from 56 percent after his first three months in office, and he is upside-down with this group in every region except the Northeast.
* Three in ten white independents say he should get a second term, and 41 percent of them say he “understands the problems of people like them.”