(Newsroom America) -- Americans fear the reelection of President Barack Obama by a 2-1 margin, according to a recent US News survey, a result that shows the competitive nature of the race that's building even before a Republican nominee has been named.
"When it comes to how Americans view President Obama going into the new year, there appears to be very little spirit of Auld Lang Syne," said a Washington Whispers column by Paul Bedard Monday. "Instead, according to the new Washington Whispers poll, many voters aren't forgetting what they dislike about Obama and want him out office."
The magazine, in its New Year's poll, asked respondents what they feared most in 2012. By a 2-to-1 margin, Americans said Obama's reelection in November.
In all, just 16 percent said they fear Obama won't win a second term, while 33 percent said they worry that he will.
"Next to Obama's reelection, 31 percent of Americans said they feared higher taxes, which may be proof that the president's focus on the payroll tax cut has hit paydirt," Bedard wrote.
There was some hope for the president, at least among the 18-24 demographic. Thirty-eight percent of those respondents said they feared higher taxes most.
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