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. Sniffit

    Polling a random sample of the 300 million idiots in this country really only gets you about the equivalent of claiming "we had the entire kindergarten class eat their crayons today and a certain percentage of them said they still preferred paste." Or better yet...some of the morons found their way to liking the flavor of the blue or red crayon more than the other one. ha

    Here's the rub: all this indicates is that Americans, who feel entitled to everything anyway, also feel entitled to have an opinion about whether a private organization with its own reasons for doing things and its own standards for doing them, did the right thing. What a shocking revelation.

    December 9, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. single mom

    How could the 19% still believe he deserved it? He'd been in office TWO weeks at the time of the nominations. He hadn't done anything! Being the first American President of mixed racial background doesn't mean you deserve something as prestigious as the Nobel Peace Prize.
    RIght now you simply cannot say he deserves to be in the same group with Nelson Mandela and others who have sacrificed, struggled and labored for years for Peace.
    Give him a couple years to do something deserving of the honor.

    December 9, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Rickster

    First of all, the Nobel Peace Prize is a joke so I'm not surprised by anybody who wins. But if it were an actual merit-based award, then no, Obama clearly shouldn't win it. What would he win it for?.....he has failed on everything he has done since taking office. But, then again, Jimmy Carter won it and Al "I'm a Total Fraud" Gore won it so Obama might as well join the rest of the losers.

    December 9, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Enrique Gonzalez

    For what?

    December 9, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Jeff

    One the one hand clearly President Obama does not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize...the body of work to earn it is not there. On the other hand his gentlemanly and gracious handling of the idiotic pundits (and racist...yeah, I [white guy] said it) attacking him shows his peaceful class and demeanor. And lastly, he did not seek or ask for it. Rather it was awarded to him, I believe in the hope a complete paradigm from the nightmare that was President Bush will occur throughout the world. No longer, America the one and only, but rather America, one of the many of our global community...the epitome of peace.

    December 9, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Carlos

    It was nothing more than a slam against Bush, the guy no more deserves it than I do.

    December 9, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Jim

    I don't think anyone, including the Nobel committee, has claimed President Obama was being rewarded for past actions. If I recall correctly, the committee stated they awarded him the prize as a endorsement of his stated foreign policy.

    Simply put, it was an endorsement, not a reward.

    December 9, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Kyle Patterson

    I fully support the Presidents decision to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan because its a fight that we and the Afghan people cannot afford to lose. But he does not deserve the highest medal for peace efforts in the world while escalating a war, even if that war is justified.

    December 9, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Black Viper

    Are for peace when you waging a war against somebody dedicated of destructing you because of their religious belief? That is debatable
    Are you for peace when you trying to reduce' eliminate or prohibit the proliferation of very dangerous nuclear weapons? Some will debate the existence of this weapons create the peace and others will debate eliminating them will create peace.
    Are you for peace when you trying desperatly to convince other party members on mission to destroy your presidency by opposing everything and anything you trying to do even if it's for good purpose?
    Are you peace when you trying to work with other nations to reduce the CO2 emission in the atmosphere which it is scientificaly proven to be destroying the Ozone and earth even when the sceptiques do not believe so?
    Try to answer this questions and you will conclude if Obama deserve the nobel peace prize

    December 9, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Wake UP

    Ha, and the nobel prize for economics. Obama and his media/celebrity enablers are dangerous and disgusting.
    Obama is such a fraud...too bad Americans are going to have to clean up his mess for decades.

    December 9, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Dan, IL

    Peace Prize for what? Seriously.

    December 9, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. deef.

    He has realigned our european allies . After they had been alienated by the former leaders for eight years. And to my pleasure he spoke to muslims with repect and this effort made a sad situation better and I hope may one day help restore peace in the middle east. I belive these things are the reason he will get the Award. I am sick of these old combantants like Cheney.

    December 9, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. Frank P

    This was a biggest joke of all times!!! No one will think of or value the Nobel prize the same way again! The Nobel prize committee really goofed and for ever destroyed the worth and value of winning a Nobel prize after it is clear that one with no achievements can also win the worthless prize!!!

    December 9, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. CS in Texas

    Evidently he does. He was awarded the prize. If CNN want to poll people, why don't CNN do a poll and see how many people are sick and tired of reading about Sarah Palin on the political ticker every day.

    December 9, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. LIP

    I believe that someone must first actually accomplish something before given any award. President Obama has made no more moves or progress towards peace than any previous President. Is there peace in Afganistan? Is Iran working with us towards any kind of conclusion or peaceful resolution with the nuclear problem? Are Israel and the Palestinians working towards a peaceful resolution of their problems? Are we having beers with the Russians and resolving our differences? Does Chin a give a hoot what we think of their lack of concern for their people and freedom? The answer to all these questions is "no". Therefore, he does not deserve the award.

    December 9, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. Laverne

    According to the mean people in America, Obama doesn't deserve to be living let alone being POTUS. The world sees him in a different light and that is a good thing. I rather have a president who recieves Nobel Peace Prizes than a president who get shows thrown at him when he goes abroad! I am proud of President Obama and America should be too, he is OUR Leader and deserves our support!

    December 9, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. P Adams Jr

    Obama has done nothing to deserve any Peace Prize, and he knows it/has said so himself. If he were a man of integrity, he would not accept the award until such a time as he has done something to earn it. Surely there are now-deserving folks out there who should have been recognized?

    December 9, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. Eric in Denver

    No way. He hasn't done anything why should he receive a peace prize? Talk is cheap and that is basically all that he is a good orator.

    December 9, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Laurie

    I am very proud of the President. Finally, something for our country to take pride in. God bless you, Mr. President.

    December 9, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. true

    No, Nobel Peace Prize will become a joke if Obama get it. If I were Obama, I would politely say 'no' to the award. It's a shame to accept some thing you don't deserve.

    December 9, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. Dar

    By no means should Obama have won the prize, truly a mistake was made.

    Even he was shocked that he had won, but I don't blame him for accepting the prize, it will look nice in his office and I beleive that he said he was going to donate the money to a charity.(he likes giving away money doesnt he)

    December 9, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. Jason

    He has not really done anything personally that warrants him receiving the Nobel Peace Prize on his own merits. I think he understands that quite well and will be very careful about what he says in the acceptance speech and how he acts afterwards. To put him in the same category of people as Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King is a bit ridiculous at this point in his career. So far his greatest lasting achievement is to be the first African-American president elected to office, which is VERY important, but does not qualify him for the Nobel Peace Prize. Didn't he just approve the increase of 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan? Strange that a wartime president is given the Nobel Peace Prize especially when so many other people have been working for decades on peace around the globe.

    December 9, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. victim of the false prophet OBAMA

    give it to him, after all it's only a badge of deception such as past winners Gore, Carter, Tutu and Arafat. WOW..

    December 9, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. wbn

    A person cannot "deserve" an award at some pint in the future after it is given. The question and the concept are ludicrous. Just as was the award to Obama.

    December 9, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. independent

    All you are going to get here is a political vote, nothing intelligent or thoughtful.

    December 9, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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