President Obama's job approval rating in the battleground districts is just 41 percent, and only inches up to 43 percent in the 30 more-competitive seats that are a little more Democratic. Both Perry and Romney hit a near-majority of 49 percent against Obama in the battlegrounds, suggesting that voters are more concerned with casting their ballot against Obama than caring about who the Republican nominee ends up being.
In head-to-head matchups, Romney leads Obama, 49 to 43 percent, while Perry leads Obama, 49 to 45 percent. Asked who they supported in the 2008 presidential election, 47 percent of voters said they backed Obama and 43 percent said they backed John McCain. (Obama won 52 percent of the vote in the battleground districts, while McCain took 47 percent.)
A whopping 75 percent of respondents said the country is headed in the wrong direction, with just 17 percent believing it's on the right track.
On a conference call, Greenberg admitted it wasn't a good time for Democrats, still in somewhat of a political hangover after losing the Queens and Brooklyn based seat to succeed former Rep. Anthony Weiner.
But he said there could be hope for Democrats in Obama's recently proposed jobs plan. "We're at a moment of change in the direction the president is taking, and I don't think we yet know where that goes," said Greenberg.
Respondents seemed intrigued by Obama's plan, with a 45 percent plurality saying they favored the plan, while 41 percent opposed it. When told the plan would extending the payroll tax cut and extend unemployment benefits, the number supporting it jumped to 54 percent.
The live-caller survey of 1,000 likely 2012 voters in 60 GOP battleground districts was conducted Sept. 14 through 19 with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent.