Just 3 1/2 months to the November and Democrats are realizing President Obama is politically toxic to their reelection campaigns. From Fox News:
Voters will go to the polls this November with control of Congress at stake. Yet most voters say when they pull that lever, they will be sending a message to the White House, according to a Fox News poll.
The poll, released Friday, finds that 41 percent of voters will cast their ballots to register opposition to President Obama’s policies. A third (33 percent) will vote to express their support. The policies of the administration will not be a factor for 20 percent of voters.
Most Republicans — 72 percent — describe their midterm vote as expressing opposition to the Obama administration. That’s a bit higher than the 64 percent of Democrats who say their vote will express support. One in 10 Democrats will vote to express opposition to the president (11 percent).
Independents are nearly 20 percentage points more likely to say their vote will express opposition (41 percent) rather than support (23 percent) for Obama policies. Thirty-three percent of independents say the administration won’t influence their vote.
If the election were held today, 41 percent of voters would back the Republican Candidate in their congressional district and 37 percent would vote for the Democratic candidate. That’s little changed from two weeks ago when the vote favored the Republican candidate by 42-40 percent (June 29-30).
The irony of it is President Obama is personally popular with the American People. This allow the Democrats to him raise monies for their campaigns. Obama like former President Bill Clinton he very popular fund-raiser. But Clinton was toxic in several election including 2000 Presidential Election where then Vice President Al Gore choose not use Clinton on the campaign trail which may hurt Gore’s chances to win the election outright instead of the court battles which gave the victory to President George W. Bush.
So the choice for Democrats use Obama to raise money and get endorse and lose. Or Fund raise with but no endorsement by the president to hang on and win re-election to your seat. What a Faustian Bargain indeed!