Gallup debuted their general election daily tracking number today and it is not good news for President Obama. According to Gallup, 47 percent of national registered voters said they would vote for Mitt Romney if the election were held today while only 45 percent said they would back Obama. That is the worst April head-to-head match up number for any incumbent since President Ford lost to President Carter in 1976.
President Bush led Sen. John Kerry 47 percent to 43 percent in April 2004.
President Clinton led Sen. Bob Dole 49 percent to 35 percent in April 1996.
President Bush led President Clinton 44 percent to 25 percent in April 1992.
President Reagan led Gov. Mondale 54 percent to 41 percent in April 1984.
President Carter led President Reagan 41 percent to 34 percent in April 1980.
President Ford trailed President Carter 43 percent to 49 percent in April 1976.
Ford went on to lose to Carter 48 percent to 50 percent in the general election.