This in my inbox just now, from firstname.lastname@example.org:
If the general election were held today, President Obama would lose to Mitt Romney — according to the latest poll from Washington Post-ABC News.
And then there’s this, from today’s Times:
Obama’s Rating Falls as Poll Reflects Volatility
Despite improving job growth and an extended Republican primary fight dividing his would-be opponents, President Obama is heading into the general election season on treacherous political ground, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
At a time of rising gas prices, heightened talk of war with Iran and setbacks in Afghanistan, Mr. Obama’s approval rating dropped substantially in recent weeks, the poll found, with 41 percent of respondents expressing approval of the job he is doing and 47 percent saying they disapprove — a dangerous position for any incumbent seeking re-election.
Just thought some of you might need a little cheering up (though of course there’s a good distance yet ‘twixt cup and lip).