First, only 45% of prospective Republican primary voters say they are satisfied with the Republican Party's 2012 presidential candidates. The good news for Mitt Romney is that they rank him highest:
The bad news for Republicans is that Barack Obama continues to enjoy a relatively positive imgage, compared to all of them:
|Person or Group||Positive||Negative||Pos-Neg|
|The Democratic Party||38||39||-1|
|The Tea Party Movement||28||41||-13|
|The Republican Party||30||44||-14|
Those Republicans who'd like to see New Jersey Governor Chris Christie jump into the Presidential race will be heartened but ought to consider that many voters outside of New Jersey (44%) still don't know him. There are a couple of notable Repuiblican candidates not on that list, Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain.
At the root of it is that while Barack Obama's job approval ratings are just middling, approval ratings for Congress are downright abysmal. Congress continues to drag the Republican Party down:
|Barack Obama as President||49||46||5|
|Barack Obama handling the economy||41||54||5|
|Barack Obama handling foreign policy||54||44||6|
|Barack Obama handling the war in Afghanistan||54||39||7|
How will that change? Congress is getting blamed with only 29% believing the country is headed in the right direction and 62% believing we are off on the wrong track.