An explicit endorsement by President Barack Obama is far more likely to cast a pall over the campaign of any Democratic candidate seeking office this year than to help them get elected, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey.
According to the results of the 1,000-person survey, released Wednesday, 42 percent of voters said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate if that candidate had received an endorsement by Obama. That’s nearly double the proportion of voters — 22 percent — who said they’d be more likely to vote for an Obama-endorsed candidate.
The same survey also saw Obama’s general approval rating drop to 41 percent — the lowest point, using the same polling methodology, of his entire two-term Presidency.
Obama’s not the only one with an image problem, though: Tea Party candidates fared equally poorly in the same survey, with 21 percentage points separating those who said they hold a negative view of the movement from those who view it favorably. That kind of negativity may indicate that national progressives have been successful in portraying Tea Party candidates and their supporters not as small-government Constitutional conservatives, but as reactionary legislative obstructionists with a sinister social agenda.