A brand new CNN poll of registered voters indicates that President Obama would handily defeat either Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum if the election were held today. Obama would receive 54% of the vote compared to 43% for Romney, representing a six-point swing since just last month as voters hear more about the GOP candidates. Santorum fared worse, losing to Obama 55-42%.
Just 35% of independents have a favorable view of Romney, and of course are the key to November's election. Favorable ratings also show a big advantage for Obama. 48% of Americans have a favorable view of the Democratic party while the Republican party gets 35% favorable ratings and nearly six in ten Americans say they have an unfavorable view of the GOP, one of their lowest ratings since the Great Depression. In fact, the last time the GOP was as high as the Democrats' current ratings was in 2008, the year Obama was elected President. The fact that they have dropped 13% in four years does not bode well, either in the race for the president or for this year's Congressional races.
56% of Americans blame George W. Bush and the Republicans for the country's economic problems, compared to 29% that blame Obama and the Democrats.