Obama's poll numbers are now worse than they were immediately before the death of Osama bin Laden. I called it, but it is kind of like calling that the Sun will rise in the east tomorrow morning. According to that chart, Obama has received two large bumps in his favor, the other being when Republicans took Congress in January. As it stands right now, though, his approval rating is less than it was on Election Day 2010.
I think it is safe to say this debt ceiling crisis is not working out to favor the President. Despite the predictions otherwise, nobody should really be surprised by this. The man is the Head Honcho; if things start hitting the fan, people don't go blaming the 535 legislators, they blame the one Executive. Nearly 1 in 5 Americans cannot find stable work. All of the excuses or ridiculous explanations as to why the Stimulus "worked" are not going to fool these people.
Anyway, if those numbers plummet into the lower 40 range, the Republicans could nominate a cigar chomping monkey and still win in 2012. I'm not enthusiastic about anyone in the Republican field, but I will vote for any of them before I vote to reelect the fool in office right now.