Gallup: Americans generally prefer that Obama rather than Republicans set the national agenda

Well, well! THIS doesn’t exactly jibe with the rhetoric we’ve been hearing from Republicans for lo these many months:

Americans say they want Barack Obama (46%) rather than the Republicans in Congress (42%) to have more influence over the direction the nation takes in the next year. U.S. preferences have been closely divided on this question since early 2011, after Republicans won a majority in the House of Representatives, but Obama has consistently had a slim advantage, suggesting a real lead for him. Prior to 2011, Americans favored congressional Republicans.

Then, too, recent polls show that Obama’s approval and disapproval ratings are roughly even but way ahead of the ratings for Congress, which is about as popular as leprosy.

Of course, poll numbers are likely to fluctuate over the course of this presidential election year. But still, the notion touted by some of our conservative friends that Obama is in big trouble seems to be untrue, at least at this point.

Nor has there been even one major poll showing that any of the Republican presidential hopefuls has a significant lead over Obama in a hypothetical match-up. These guys are out there every day denouncing Obama and pledging to undo everything he’s done, but none of them has caught fire with even a plurality of the American populace.

As I say, that could all change. But I’m betting that it won’t.