December 9th, 2009
03:30 PM ET
3 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. New Age Independent

    I'd have more respect for Obama if he'd politely decline the award, citing that he doesn't deserve such an honor.

    December 9, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. mjm

    Not in a million years.

    December 9, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Obama's blown it

    NO! NO! NO! The man is a fraud!!!!!!!!! How can a man who refuses to ratify an international ban on land mines, which cause so much misery and suffering for years be placed on such a pedestal.NO! NO! NO!

    December 9, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Edna

    Of course, he deserves the prize. I am 63-years old and he is one of the most compassionate Presidents that I have ever known. Unfortunately, because he was left with two wars to deal with, people feel as if the award is not deserved. He attempts to work with everyone and just because others attempt to destroy everything that he wants to accomplish, does not mean that he is not a good person. I love the way that he does not get ruffled when the Republicans continuously attack him and his family. He is a truly peace-loving man.

    December 9, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. B

    YES, his Truth and Intent is obvious to the world unlike his lying, deceitful predecessors..

    December 9, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. aware

    He will never accomplish enough to merit the honor as POTUS!

    But he might gain notoriety as an American Idol or European Appeaser! :)

    December 9, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Ben in Fort Wayne, IN

    I don't even think he deserves to be president.

    December 9, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. BillyBobTomRedcracker

    Yes, if for no other reason than his efforts to make America respected again on the world stage.

    December 9, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. Aspen Professor

    Definitely NOT -- The Peace Prize should have gone to Dick Cheney.

    cough cough cough wheeez wheeeez -- choking back my laughter.

    By all means, lets have a Republican landslide in 2010 and retake Congress so we can continue the lies, hypocrisy, arrogance, and truly idiotic comments from Steele – Cheney – Boehner – Palin – Hannity – O'Reilly – Limbaugh and the other slime bags on the right side of the aisle.

    December 9, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. Susan

    Didn't we beat this dead horse months ago? It's not Obama's fault that he was nominated by the Nobel committee. It was their decision – he didn't campaign for it and probably wishes it never happened.

    CNN there has to be something else to write about instead of re-hashing the past.

    December 9, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. Duck Fallas

    Guess who REALLY thinks he doesn't deserve it? President Barack Obama.

    December 9, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. LYNETTE IN CA

    He deserves it and should go to Oslo. He has already done so much to mend fences with other countries in less than a year. He will continue to wear that hat, but the Afganistan war was so screwed up by the previous administration that he doesn't have much choice but to try and fix that too. Cheney can crack jokes all he wants, but Pres. Obama is fixing he and Bush's messes!

    December 9, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Ron in California

    I still need to know for what hw was awarded the Nobel. Even he was puzzled.

    December 9, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. T.van Tol

    Yes, he does!
    He will end the war in Iraqe in his first term and
    he will end the war in Aghanistan in his seccond.
    More troops for Afghanistan and Pakistan was one
    of his electionpromisses. There is no choice here.
    If we leave now the Taliban would be in office in one
    year and that would be a desaster for the Afghan people
    and it would turn Afghanistan into a place where terrorists
    can plan there attacks all over the world.
    So, the peaceprize for Barack is well deserved.
    Support your President!

    December 9, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. m jeff

    yes, he deserve the award.

    December 9, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. NVa Native

    Now this is one of those stupid polls. Like polling "do you think Bush did the best he could?" And CNN is weak for doing it.

    December 9, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. Darlene

    "a majority of the public believes the president will eventually accomplish enough to merit the honor."
    I thought you had to do "something" to earn it not May do something to earn it.
    What a croc!

    December 9, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Polls are always nice.

    Of course he deserves it. The polling question should've been: Did the Nobel Prize Committee DESERVE to be interrogated like common criminals by the AMERICAN press as to A) Why did they give Obama the award when he'd just been elected President, and B) What was the voting breakdown of the Nobel panel judges. What a classless thing to do. OUR guy, and American, wins the Nobel Peace Prize and in typical American arrogance we QUESTION the judges decision, as if it were up to us to determine who gets the award; and as if we would have made a better choice as to who to give THEIR award and THEIR money to.

    And you guys ask why Obama had to apologize to some parts of the world for our behaviour towards them? We're arrogant and classless little people sometimes.

    December 9, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. sharon

    What a joke....after all the deserving people that should have had this honor....

    December 9, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    This is a dumb non-story!

    First of all, recipients of the Nobel Prizes don't have anything to do with the nominating and selection process; it's not the Academy Awards, after all.

    So quit trying to somehow make this into a story about President Obama – it's a story about the Nobel Committee and their desire to show their faith and hope in President Obama as a world leader capable of doing great things for the benefit of not just the United States, but the world.

    And in case no one's noticed, the President is a lot more interested in helping our country than in collecting prizes; he made that pretty clear with his speech after the Peace Prize was announced. He keeps a very busy schedule doing all that he can for us – and I, for one, appreciate his intelligence, hard work and dedication on our behalf!

    December 9, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Alfred E. Neumann

    Of course not.

    Even his most strident supporters must admit to that.

    I believe the goal now is to try and earn it. Time will tell.

    December 9, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. Russ in Benton

    President Obama talks peace, but carries a big stick. is that Noble, Uh! I meant Nobel.

    December 9, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. Jose

    Hello Cnn,
    Yes, He is worthy of this prize. We will remember as a Noble winner but also a Great president. He is a man of peace for all. He has great vision and wisdom as evidence of how he has carry him self in the Global world.
    thank you,
    Jose-Florida

    December 9, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. walleye

    I voted for Barry and I am 100% behind him. I do believe however the award was premature. They should have waited a few years, when they will see what a brilliant diplomat he is by restoring the stature of the USA in the eyes of the world.

    December 9, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. Janis

    He deserves the Noble prize as much as I do. It's a joke. Our President wants to be the world leader, he has no idea how to be President of the United States of America.

    December 9, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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