Only 22% of Americans find the nation headed in the right direction according to the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research campaign outlook for 2012. Another 56% would vote to replace every member of Congress, including their own, as indicated in a recent poll. The foregone conclusion the mainstream media portrays of President Obama`s re-election being a near certainty are far from supported by these numbers. Not since the presidencies of George H.W. Bush at 21% and Jimmy Carter at 19% has the dissatisfaction with the nation`s direction been as low. Both of course went on to become one term President`s, losing re-election by wide margins. The notion that President Obama is sitting in a comfortable position less than nine months until election day could not be farther from the truth, if anything he is in a very precarious position. Since the Carter era all three Presidents, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush, who went on to win re-election all enjoyed a favorable outlook for the state of the nation of at least 40% of the voters. If this trend and pessimistic outlook holds true through the coming months Mr. Obama could find himself in a very uphill battle against some long historical odds.