With only a few days remaining in the year, Barack Obama is on the cusp; he's hanging in there, not quite down double digits in favorability, but about as close as you could get. The Real Clear Politics average has him down 9.9 points, slightly better than where he was most of the year when his party suffered substantial losses in the midterm election. Note the wide gap between CNN (-2), Rasmussen (-3) and ABC News (-18) and Reuters (-17); this is rather puzzling; polls should not be that far apart.
The GW Battleground Poll (-7 for Obama) is lengthy and includes some interesting data; just click onto it down below. For example, by a 49-42 margin people prefer government to get out of the way and let the free enterprise system work things out. Amen.
The recent move to normalize relations with Cuba might explain Obama's slight pop up in popularity. Two new polls have support for the Cuba move in the two to one range, 64-31 percent with the Washington Post and 54-28 with CBS News. Rasmussen has support at 49-28. Some polls have a rather high number of undecided, but among those who have made up their minds, the Cuba move is clearly a plus for the President (I give him tremendous credit for it; and I'm not exactly known as an Obama fan).
Here are the latest numbers for Obama from RCP.
|RCP Average||12/3 - 12/26||--||42.6||52.5||-9.9|
|Gallup||12/22 - 12/26||1500 A||43||51||-8|
|Rasmussen Reports||12/21 - 12/23||1500 LV||48||51||-3|
|CNN/Opinion Research||12/18 - 12/21||1011 A||48||50||-2|
|The Economist/YouGov||12/13 - 12/15||698 RV||44||54||-10|
|ABC News/Wash Post||12/11 - 12/14||RV||39||57||-18|
|NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl||12/10 - 12/14||1000 A||45||50||-5|
|Reuters/Ipsos||12/10 - 12/14||2096 A||37||54||-17|
|GWU/Battleground||12/7 - 12/11||1000 LV||43||50||-7|
|FOX News||12/7 - 12/9||1043 RV||42||53||-11|
|Associated Press/GfK||12/4 - 12/8||1010 A||41||58||-17|
|McClatchy/Marist||12/3 - 12/9||923 RV||43||52||-9|
|USA Today/Pew Research||12/3 - 12/7||1507 A||42||51||-9|
|Bloomberg||12/3 - 12/5||1001 A||39||52||-13|