The Debt Debate and 2012

Posted on August 2, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

By Scott Orr

Political handicappers are watching closely to see how the toxic debate over the debt limit impacts next year’s presidential race. To be sure, leaders of both parties have sustained damage, but President Obama clearly has more to lose than the Republican hopefuls, all of whom are commenting on the debt debacle from afar.

A recent poll from Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted July 20-24, among 1,501 adults and 1,205 registered voters, finds President Obama’s once double-digit lead slipping to just one point. The poll found 41% of registered voters would like to see Barack Obama reelected, while 40% say they would prefer to see a Republican candidate. The drop may not be tied exclusively to the debt debate, since polls also show increasing voter anxiety over the slow pace of the recovery and high unemployment rates.

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