No Enemies to the Left, For a Few Weeks More

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Dec. 28 2010 11:30 AM

No Enemies to the Left, For a Few Weeks More

CNN continues our national celebration of Obvious Polling Results Day, 2010:

Although previously released numbers indicate the president's approval rating among self-described liberals dropped from 79 percent in November to 72 percent in December, the survey suggests that when it comes to the next presidential election, the tax deal may not be hurting him with the progressive wing of the party.

"Among liberal Democrats, 85 percent say they want to see the party re-nominate Obama in 2012," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Among moderate Democrats, his support is almost that high."

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As Jordan Fabian points out, the number of Democrats who wanted to re-nominate Bill Clinton in December 1994 was 22 points lower than this. Getting DADT repeal done, and pleasing some of the loudest liberal critics of the president (did any group of liberals heckle Obama at fundraisers as much as anti-DADT activists?), will give Obama a respite until the State of the Union. And that's when liberals fear that Obama will pre-empt the debt ceiling debate by proposing his own austerity measures or Social Security reform. Of course, polls that show the anti-Obama liberal sector limited to Jane Hamsher and the people who wonder why the hell Gitmo's not closed yet are the stuff the White House wants to see as it contemplates a sell-out.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.