Nearly half of independent registered voters rate Barack Obama’s performance in the White House as “poor,” and they are abandoning him in droves in the run-up to the 2012 election, according to a new poll.

The results are from the public-opinion research and media consulting company Wenzel Strategies. The poll was conducted Dec. 5-7 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.26 percentage points.

It shows 80 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of independents and 13.4 percent of Democrats “definitely” will vote for someone other than Obama. Another 21 percent of independents, 12.2 percent of Republicans and 8.8 percent of Democrats are “considering someone new.”

The bottom line leaves only 38.5 percent of the respondents who will “definitely” vote for Obama again.

The results show that of all registered voters, 44.4 percent rate Obama’s job performance as “poor” and another 13.2 percent give him an “only fair” mark. But for independents, those figures are 49.8 percent for a “poor” grade and 15.1 percent for “only fair.”

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