According to a recent poll by Democracy Corps, a group headed by Stan Greenberg who is a close friend of President Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, 55% of Americans believe President Obama is a socialist. The same poll shows 48% support for Republicans against just 42% for Democrats. According to one informal advisor of President Obama, the US public's loss of confidence in Obama's leadership is a factor above and beyond their dissatisfaction over the state of the real economy. "I never thought I would say this, but even I'm unsure what President Obama really believes" says the advisor. "Instead of outsourcing decisions to Congress, he should spell out his bottom line. This is what leaders are for". This does not bode well for Democrats around the country. For example, Republican challengers are beginning to take the lead over Democratic incumbents such as Barbara Boxer in California, and Russ Feingold in Wisconsin. Republicans are beginning to get the upper hand all over the country.