Poll: Only 38 Percent Say Obama Deserves to be Re-Elected

Only 38 percent of Americans think Obama should be reelected, according to a new poll. They worry about health and the economy—not the Middle East.

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, | updated: 20:26

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A new poll indicates that if U.S. President Barack Obama wants to improve his sagging popularity by solving the Palestinian Authority’s attempt to create a new country within Israel’s borders, he is going down the wrong road.

Only 38 percent of Americans think Obama deserves to be re-elected, according to the poll published by the Washington news site Poltico.com Monday. Significantly, most respondents ignored the Middle East and cited the economy and the Obama health plan as reasons for their discontent that, for the time being, point to President Obama's going into forced retirement in two years.

The George Washington University poll revealed that 44 percent of the respondents will definitely vote against President Obama and that another 13 percent will consider the option. The president’s overall approval rating remains under 50 percent.

The most likely replacement, according to the poll, is Republican Mike Huckabee or Mitt Romney. Sarah Palin, who is the unofficial Tea Party front-runner, has enthusiastically loyal supporters, but they are a minority, outnumbered by Obama's supporters when faced with the choice of voting for Obama or Palin.

However, the Tea Party movement, the first serious third-party threat in 40 years, is on the road to help Republicans break the Democratic Congressional majority in this November’s mid-term elections, according to the Politico and other polls.