December 9th, 2009
03:30 PM ET
11 months ago

CNN Poll: Does Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?

CNN Poll: Does Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?
CNN Poll: Does Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Hours before Barack Obama is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, a new national poll indicates that fewer Americans than ever think the president deserves the award. But according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, a majority of the public believes the president will eventually accomplish enough to merit the honor.

Full results (pdf)

Nineteen percent of people questioned in the poll released Wednesday afternoon say Obama currently deserves the prize, with another 35 percent saying that it's likely he will eventually accomplish enough in office to deserve the award. Still, greater than four in 10 believe the president will never deserve the prize.

The 19 percent who believe Obama deserves the award is down 13 points from a CNN poll conducted in October, soon after the award was announced.

"That number dropped 21 among Democrats and 10 points among independents, possibly due in part to Obama's recent decision to send 30,000 more U.S. combat troops to the war in Afghanistan," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

But although most people do not think the president currently deserves the peace prize, seven in 10 questioned - including a majority of Republicans - say he should go to Oslo, Norway Thursday to accept the award.

The CNN Opinion Research Corporation national poll was conducted December 2-3, with 1,041 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. joe

    A prize given by foreigners to a person who is selling the U.S down the river. Obama is trying to penalize our own American industry through crazy carbon regulation by foreign entities. Any questions why he received the award? Higher costs for American business to do business. MONEY is the end all game!!!

    December 9, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Bob (Illinois)

    As much as I continue to support him, I don't think the Peace Prize was appropriate.

    December 9, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. sensible cape Coral Fl

    I was on a cruise recently and was speaking with a woman who had just come back from tour of western Europe last year. She said as their tour bus pulled into a city, the tour guide told them to say that they were Canadians. It was safer then claiming to be Americans.
    Respect cannot be demanded – it has to be earned That Obama has done and done well..

    December 9, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    I think EVERYONE in this world deserves a Nobel Peace Prize if they are truly about PEACE. I deserve it as much as anyone else. So why wouldn't President Obama accept it?????????????????

    And YES, he is donating the money to charity and some of the people blogging here have a problem with that too!!!!!! Jeez!

    December 9, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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