Pictured: apparently insufficiently scary for almost half of Democrats.

With Willard looking more inevitable every day, this is especially bad news for the White House.

The Everest-size electoral challenge facing President Obama is encapsulated in a single question in the latest Washington Post-Bloomberg News poll: Would the economy be better or worse if a Republican were elected president in 2012? [...]

…the division, even among Democrats, about whether the economy would be worse if Obama were to lose. Almost half (48 percent) said it would be worse, but the number who believed it would be the same was nearly equal (44 percent). The split among Republicans was far sharper: 63 percent thought the economy would be better if a Republican were elected president, while 29 percent believed it would be the same.

Let that sink in for a minute. The economy will be the number one issue in 2012 — and nearly half of the President’s own party doesn’t think it matters if he’s re-elected.

While it’s true that part of this is undoubtedly due to the fact that Democrats know Congressional Republicans will continue to successfully block everything Obama proposes, it doesn’t help that the President has spent the last 18 months talking like a Republican.

Government has to start living within its means, just like families do. We have to cut the spending we can’t afford so we can put the economy on sounder footing, and give our businesses the confidence they need to grow and create jobs.

Still makes me facepalm.

Offering up Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid cuts during the phony debt ceiling debate didn’t help either.

But what this poll shows, definitively, is that the White House’s “we suck less” and “stop complaining” tactics aren’t working.