BY BUDDY NEVINS
Internal campaign polls in Broward County reiterate what anybody who has talked to their friends already know – President Barack Obama is not as popular as he was four years ago.
The polls are an echo of a Sun-Sentinel story over the weekend.
The article said computer modeling of economic and political factors by Moody’s Analytics found Obama’s support has dropped dramatically since 2008 in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
Obama is lagging so much behind what he did four years ago that if it persists to Election Day, it would cost him Florida.
Information from internal Democratic campaign polls done as late as last week in Broward found Obama winning about 55 percent of the vote, far below the roughly 67 percent he won in 2008. They were shared with Browardbeat.com under the promise not to identify the campaigns.
“The president is significantly underperforming,” said one Democrat who asked for anonymity.
The information from the polls is potentially disastrous for Obama, since the county was instrumental in Obama’s victory four years ago in Florida.
In 2008, Obama won Broward by 254,909. He won the state by 236,450.
A 55 percent win would drop Obama’s victory margin here to under 200,000, far below what his re-election campaign had hoped.
Grass roots Democrats blame the economy and some Jewish voters, who abandoned the president because they believe he has not done enough for Israel.
“Some of my friends say they are sick of Obama, but they can’t bring themselves to vote for Romney. They are staying home,” said one Jewish Democratic campaign worker who asked not to be named.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, Moody predicted that Obama would barely break even in Palm Beach County. That may be why he has scheduled a rally for that county tomorrow.
Broward Democrats have already put in a bid to have the president hold a rally here before November 6.
Four years ago, there were two rallies in Broward in the general election campaign. This year, the only rallies have been in Miami-Dade and now, Palm Beach County.
“We need something to turn those numbers around,” said a staffer, who is worried the president will drag down their local campaign.