Gallup currently finds that “the “Republican Party’s candidate for president” leads President Obama by eight points, 47-39, among registered voters. Presumably the margin would be even greater among likely voters. The generic Republican has been pulling steadily ahead since May.
Meanwhile, it seems doubtful that Obama can help himself much with the current debt standoff. Scott Rasmussen finds that likely voters oppose including tax increases in any debt limit deal by 55%-34%. No wonder the president has been getting so petulant lately.