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The newest poll about the 2012 presidential election says one-third of Democrats and independents who lean to the left side of the field are unhappy with Barack Obama as the party's standard-bearer and are looking for some new faces to enter the race.
The startling results are from the newest WND/Wenzel Poll conducted by Wenzel Strategies. The telephone survey was conducted Oct. 22-25 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.
Responding to a question about how satisfied they are with Obama as the nominee, only 55 percent said they were very satisfied. Another 24 percent said they were somewhat satisfied, but that group apparently started falling away quickly, because fully one-third (35 percent) said that would "prefer that someone else enter the race" for the nomination.
"Among Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents, just 79 percent said they are satisfied with Barack Obama as their standard bearer in the presidential race, which is a startling finding," said Fritz Wenzel, chief of Wenzel Strategies.
"This means the incumbent president is unable to get one of every five voters that should be solidly in his political corner. Just a little more than half - 55 percent - said they were 'very satisfied' with Obama," he said.
"Obama's problem is with independents who are inclined to support the Democratic ticket, as just 53 percent said they are satisfied with Obama," he said. "But the news gets worse for Obama, as 35 percent said someone else should enter the primary race against Obama, including half of Democrat-leaning independents.
"And among a demographic group that should be rock solid for Obama - Democratic voters under age 30 - 59 percent said they would prefer Obama to get a challenge for his party's nomination."
The attitude of support for Obama was revealed in the fact that 34.5 percent of the respondents said they weren't even sure who should challenge Obama.
The largest camp, nearly 44 percent, said Obama should be challenged by Hillary Clinton, and more than nine percent said the vice president, Joe Biden, should try to kick his boss out of office.
Other names that were suggested, mostly with only nominal support, included Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Andrew Cuomo, Ralph Nader, Jerry Brown and Donald Trump, who was the only name also mentioned as a desired candidate on the Republican side.
"The overwhelming choice for the role of challenger is very clear, as 44 percent said they would like to see Secretary of State Hillary Clinton enter the race," said Wenzel. "No one [else] of a group of possible candidates won double-digit support."
The poll revealed that among Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents, about 19 percent said they simply were dissatisfied with Obama. In what could be a significant precursor, only 22 percent of the independents who said they lean Democratic reported being very satisfied with Obama.
A strong presence of dissatisfaction also was present among white Democrats (more than 25 percent were dissatisfied with Obama) and among Asian voters, where more than 19 percent were "not at all satisfied."
In what could be another omen for Obama, his support faltered badly among Hispanics, where nearly 41 percent said they wanted another choice on the Democratic side.
And in another segment from which Obama got great support during 2008, 59.3 percent of those under age 30 said they wanted someone else to enter the race for the Democratic nomination.
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