A Pew poll shows Obama ahead 50-46%. Obama was up seven points in May, 49-42%. Obama is seen more favorably than Romney. Obama’s a slight net-positive 50/48 fav/unfav. Romney, on the other hand, is a net-negative, 38/45.
But once again it’s pessimism about the state of the country that is holding Obama back. Just look at the 40-point gulf among those saying they are satisfied versus those who say they are dissatisfied about “the way things are going in this country today.” Just 28% say they’re satisfied versus a whopping 68% who say they are not. That dissatisfied number has dropped below 60% just once in Obama’s presidency in the poll – back in May 2009.
MSNBC.com’s Tom Curry: “The Supreme Court on Thursday dealt an election-year blow to public-sector unions with a ruling that limits their ability to collect money for use in political campaigns from non-union employees at workplaces where a union is the bargaining agent.”