Disaffected Democrats are coming home. Dems who supported him in 2008, stayed home or voted for publicans in 2010, are returning to Obama for 2012.
The survey (PDF) by the group Third Way, a think tank that supports moderate policies, found that 43 percent of Obama voters who supported Republicans in 2010 ("switchers") and 78 percent of those who didn't vote in 2010 ("droppers") either strongly or moderately approved the president's performance during his first term.
Of the droppers, 73 percent said they would definitely or probably vote for Obama in 2012, while only 34 percent of the switchers said they would vote for him if the election was held today.
A majority -- 53 percent -- of both switchers and droppers saw the economy and jobs as the most important issue in the presidential election next year.