A "preference cascade" in the making? Sure looks that way. Sayeth Rasmussen:
The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Romney with 47% of the vote to Obama’s 44%. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.
Seems like the Rust Belt can't be bought with a bailout:
An EPIC/MRA poll of Michigan registered voters released last week shows Romney leading Obama, 46 to 45 percent, with only 41 percent viewing the president favorably.
And the Jews finally appear to be living up to their reputation as "smart":
President Obama's support among Jewish voters in the state of New York has dropped 22 percentage points in only a month, according to the results of a just released poll.
The poll, conducted by Siena College, finds that currently President Obama has the support of 51 percent of Jewish voters, while 43 percent are opposed to him. Five percent are undecided.
Those polled were responding to this straight forward question: "If the election for President were held today, who would you vote for if the candidates were [Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, or Don't know]?
Additionally, Jewish voters in New York overwhelmingly believe that America is "headed in the wrong direction" as opposed to "the right track," by a margin of 62 percent to 31 percent.
And that's in New York, the homeland of the liberal Jew. You can even throw in the possibility that things might be worse than the polling suggests - I am not sure if the Orthodox Jews pick up the phone much, but they do vote en masse, and lately they have been tossing out Democrats in districts the donkey have literally owned for generations.
Obama's estimated percentage of the Jewish vote in 2008 was 78%. Knock off 20%+ of that figure, and wither Obama in Florida? Or even in Pennsylvania? Add Ohio to that list as well:
Ohio has far fewer Jews than Florida, but they could play a pivotal role in the outcome of the election there as well. Exit polling showed Romney soundly carrying the counties with large Jewish populations. Nathan Diament, head of the powerful Orthodox Union government affairs office in Washington, D.C., notes that “given the Jews turn out at an 80 percent turnout rate, if you swing the Jewish vote 10 percent in Ohio, that could give you Ohio.” Furthermore, this year the Republican senatorial nominee is Ohio state Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Jewish conservative who has kindled great enthusiasm among his co-religionists. Mandel’s Jewish coattails might carry swing thousands of additional Jewish votes to the Republican presidential ticket.
Maybe Obama will hold his nose and finally take that trip to Israel after all. Although it might not make any difference in the end, as every day brings us a new poll telling a similar story to the ones above.
Obama may be dancing as fast as he can, but he's failed to notice that the music's stopped, the lights have gone down, and the audience has dwindled to a disinterested few...