December 9th, 2009
03:30 PM ET
8 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. TCM

    Why not? Gore got one for being a phony...besides, Has obama actually earned anything he's received to date?

    December 9, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. Marion/Alabama

    No,but he does need to pay for the travel to accept it.After all if he were a military person getting a civilian award he word have to pay his own way to accept it....Then next week back to Denmark,what kind of carbon foot print is Obama leaving? How Hypocritical of him to want us to go green while he creates more green house gasses in a day than we do all year.

    December 9, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    President Obama has many good ideas and if the republikans would leave him alone he might actually be able to go ahead with some of the promises he made during the campaign.
    As the he saying goes – lead, follow or get our of the way!

    December 9, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I think it depends on who you ask...President Obama could find Osama Bin Laden and start world peace and those on the right would still say no. However I would go along with the president's own opinion when he himself said "NO I don't deserve it". He's going to give the money to charity and accept it on behalf of the United States so I can't see why we can't just be pleased with that.

    December 9, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Add me to that four in ten who thinks giving Obama that prize ranks right up there among the all-time absurdities.

    The man makes a great speech, and looks good in a tailored suit, but unfortunately, even when Obama's in it, the suit is still mostly empty.

    December 9, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Al - Calif

    More importantly, obmama himself said he doesn't deserve it. For once, I agree with him. If he wants to score some points with a majority of Americans who also agree that he doesn't deserve it, he would go there and "respectfully" turn it down. Do I expect him to do that? No.

    December 9, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. I am the not-so-great and powerless wizard of Rush

    We should be proud that an American President is being honored in this way, even if we have a debate as to whether he has done enough to be granted this high honor.

    December 9, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. katiec

    He has accomplished more in his few months in office than the previous administration, who managed to turn most of the world against us, did at any time.
    He talks to other countries about peace, equality, working together and lets them know we will no longer maintain the dictorship attitude of the past.
    He has brought back respect and trust for our country. He has and will continue to mend fences with others. He listens to and hears the thoughts of others.
    There is no other working for and believing in diplomacy to the extent he does. He is trying to unite our world.

    December 9, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Yes Yes Yes! President Obama also President Bush deserves The Nobel Peace Prize.

    December 9, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Vivian McRae

    If the president was eligible to be nominated, then of course he was eligible to win, weeks before he won this award people were happy and joyus that his effort's to bring the Olympics to Chicago failed, people were actually happy, then he wins this award and people are outraged, I think the message from the voting committee is "President Obama we appreciate you and your efforts, even if the people in your own country dont. That is all.

    December 9, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. Lotta Muni

    He was awarded the prize because he "... captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future." Under this criteria, I feel it should just as well have been awarded to Susan Boyle.

    December 9, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. Jake

    I think he was given the award because after only a weeks weeks in office he said the US would promote more peace.

    Uhh..... Now that we are doing more surges in Afghanistan I think the Northern Europeans made a bad gamble. Obama is a great guy, but the PEACE prize winner just sent more troops into WAR!!

    Crack me up!!!

    December 9, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. hereslauphinatcha

    Yes...he does deserve it. He has brought hope to milliions of people around the world. He has fulfilled a life long dream of Dr. Martin Luther King. Obama has inspired many Americans to change their attitudes for better opportunities in life.

    Palin doesn't know what having to earn a Nobel Peace Prize means. Palin is no where near the level of POTUS/FLOTUS not in this or any life time.

    December 9, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. rachel

    No he doesnt deserve it. He was nominated only 2 weeks after he became president. He hasn't done anything. If we could all get a noble prize for talking.

    December 9, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. Rodney in Dallas

    I voted for Obama and I think it was a joke for him to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Kinda funny that he won an award for "peace" and just annouced to send 30,000 troops to Afghanistan to kill and be killed. Can the Nobel Prize committe change their mind?

    December 9, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. Lotta Muni

    Obama was awarded the prize because he "... captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future." Under this kind of criteria it should just as well have been given to Susan Boyle. No scratch that. At least she's liable to accomplish something.

    December 9, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    This is a case that polls don't mean nothing, President Obama was awarded the Peace Prize, he'll get it and he does deserve it. Nothing is changed.

    December 9, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. Fake, Phoney People Should Not Crash The White House

    Absolutely, there will be political history buffs studying politics BEFORE Obama and AFTER Obama. I'm proud of him and I think he deserves the prize. He changed the way we look at the highest office in the land, and the world. He deserves the NPP.

    What I don't understand is why people are comparing what he has to do to protect the country to why he won the prize. The Nobel Peace Prize doesn't mean you lay down like a door mat and allow other countries to harm yours. No the president is doing the right thing and I stand behind him 100%.

    December 9, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. ObservantOne

    Until jobs are created, war in Afghanistan and Iraq has ended, he should not be awarded the Peace Prize. Starving people in what was the greatest country in the world do not equal Peace.

    December 9, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. bill

    For less than two weeks in office........NO

    December 9, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Chris

    NO! What's been accomplished!?

    Why, When, How, for What?

    December 9, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. Second Week of Advent- symbolic of Peace...Blessed be the peacemakers for their's is the Kingdom of Heaven

    NO.

    i think he inherited an absolute mess going into office....but not enough history in this role to give the award......maybe down the road. I do realize this IS a private award....they are the keepers to the keys on whether it should be given or not. But, it kind of taints the 'respectableness' of it's history.

    December 9, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. Reggie

    What an embarrassment!!! Of course he doesn't deserve it. Obama is quickly becoming one of the worst presidents ever!

    December 9, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. Penelope, OH

    Absolutely, there will be political history buffs studying politics BEFORE Obama and AFTER Obama. I'm proud of him and I think he deserves the prize. He changed the way we look at the highest office in the land, and the world. He deserves the NPP.

    What I don't understand is why people are comparing what he has to do to protect the country to why he won the prize. The Nobel Peace Prize doesn't mean you lay down like a door mat and allow other countries to harm yours. No the president is doing the right thing, and I stand behind him 100%. Anyone who says otherwise is just a sore loser, and they never supported the president in the first place.

    December 9, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  25. Travis In Colorado

    He has done NOTHING to deserve this award! NOTHING! Things are actually worse now that he took office than they were last year. I guess Obama isn't the brilliant guy he told everyone he was right?

    December 9, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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