Originally Posted by Cochise
It's funny, his approval rating might be 42%, but if another election were held today he'd win by just as big of a margin as last time.
It's not about issues anymore.
That's not true at all. I agree his Hive of supporters is deathly loyal to him, but there were plenty of moderate swing voters (esp in those swing states) that aren't that high on him but who leaned his way as the slightly better option. Especially notice the movement in Gallup after Hurricane Sandy.
Most political models would predict a severe loss for any candidate polling only 42%. Obama's approval came pretty close to (if not at) 50% on election day, and that's why he was elected.