July 21st, 2010
01:47 PM ET
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Poll: Only 4 in 10 say Obama deserves re-election

A new poll released Wednesday indicates that 48 percent of the public thinks Obama doesn't deserve a second term in office.
A new poll released Wednesday indicates that 48 percent of the public thinks Obama doesn't deserve a second term in office.

Washington (CNN) - Nearly half of all Americans think President Barack Obama does not deserve re-election in 2012, according to a new national poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday indicates that 48 percent of the public thinks Obama doesn't deserve a second term in office, with four in ten saying he does deserve to be re-elected. By a 52 to 34 percent margin, Independent voters say the president doesn't deserve re-election.

Thirty-six percent of people questioned in the poll say they'd vote for Obama if the next presidential election were held today, with 39 percent saying they'd cast their ballot for the Republican candidate. Thirteen percent say their vote depends on which Republican would be facing off against Obama and 12 percent say they are undecided. By a 37 to 27 percent advantage, Independents say they'd vote for the Republican candidate.

"In politics, a month is a lifetime and we have 28 months until November of 2012. But politicians with re-elect numbers at 40 percent bear watching," says Quinnipiac University Polling Institute assistant director Peter Brown.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted July 13-19, with 2,181 registered voters nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted in late March indicated that Americans were divided whether they'd vote for Obama or an unnamed GOP contender.

Surveys taken more than two years out are not always a great indicator of what will happen down the road.

"Keep in mind that only 38 percent thought that Bill Clinton deserved re-election in 1994, but he went on to win a second term," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "And just a year before the 1992 election, 57 percent thought that the elder George Bush deserved to be re-elected, but he lost his bid for another four years in the White House."


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  1. geecee

    No one polled me! Two years ago he was behind in the elections at this point in time as well. Things change rapidly in politics. If all the stupid ingrates don't appreciate the laws he has passed to try to get this country back on track and working for all Americans, not just the rich,, that's their problem for being so ignorant and not understanding what's going on and what needs to be done. Granted, we need more jobs, but this won't happen overnight. People are so fickle and expect instant gratification as usual.

    July 21, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. TangledThorns

    Can't wait till Obama is voted out and his failures are fixed by a President Palin in 2013. Obama is the worst president since Carter.

    July 21, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. concerned coloradan

    Obama has accomplished more in a year and a half than anyone
    could reasonable expect. He has my vote. What's wrong with you people?

    July 21, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    There they go again. Poll the republicans and tea-baggers and get the results that wlll rev up hate and fear.

    CNN is as bad as FAUX – they just get by with it more.

    July 21, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. anotherGDlefty

    Another GD day, another GD poll.

    Who cares?

    The ONLY poll that matters happens in November.

    Please participate in that one regardless of party affiliation.

    July 21, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. Frank

    Wishful right wing thinking......

    July 21, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Tim

    Can you believe 4 in 10 people are idiots.

    July 21, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Get A Grip

    WOW......4 in 10.....actually I'm surprised it's even 4 in 10. Soon it will be 0 in 10.

    July 21, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. Tim

    Can you believe 4 in 10 people are this stupid?

    July 21, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Bruno

    Don't worry...they have enough dead people and felons, no to mention the "vote early, and often" crowd to win. Especially if the GOP runs out another dud to run against PBO.

    July 21, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Sam

    There is a silent truth in this country.

    President Obama is doing an excellent job and will be re-elected.

    No need to shout it from the mountains, just vote in 2012.

    July 21, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. CaliforniaBC

    I am astounded at how utterly stupid the average American voter is.

    July 21, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. GW

    This isnt news. Is he supposed to crawl in the corner and wait for his term to end? As an independent I am pleased with the president to this point. I would have liked to see a public option on the health care bill and would have liked to have the financial reform bill to be more comprehensive. I dont blame him for the economy, war on Afghanistan. He inherited all those issues and has taken steps to rectify them. It takes longer than 18 months to fix problems that were years in the making. Considering the alternatives, Romney, Palin and Gingrich, I dont think he has anything to worry about as long as the country continues to improve.

    July 21, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Toi

    I have many friends and family that have been very impress with President Obama, he has been working so hard and just amazing how much he has done so far. When Obama took the office we all know how many problem that he has to deal wih , things were so bad and it would take years to get better.The problem is all over the world, it doesn't matter who's in charge of this nation, he or she will never can make things improve in such a short time. We all should understand how political game is, we are going to support this President in 2012, if the republican is the answer for the next election, do people forget all those 8 years while President Bush was in power?Millions of people in this country were so unhappy with how the Republican ran the country, I don't want to go back to the way it was again.

    July 21, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. Kevin in Ohio

    The liar-in-chief was at it again this morning as he signed the newest taxpayer funded boondawgle in to law - the so called financial reform bill. In doing so, he even lauded the efforts of the two people most responsible for our current financial mess - Barney Frank and Chris Dodd - and the so-called reform bill does NOTHING regarding Fannie and Freddie.

    This man is costing us dearly.... I doubt we will EVER recover from his quest to subjugate American Freedom.

    July 21, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. Gaylon Barrow NOT ASHAMED for the truth!!!

    That is an awful high prediction for Obama. 4 out of 10. I would say more like 3 out of 10. That goes with the African American and Illegals who would still vote for him. Now that everyone has seen the truth about the man he has no way in hades of getting elected again. He needs to do the honorable think like LBJ just fade off into the sunset or go join Osama Bin Laden his leader.

    July 21, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. Peter s

    "Lies, damned lies, and statistics" is a phrase describing the persuasive power of numbers, particularly the use of statistics to bolster weak arguments, and the tendency of people to disparage statistics that do not support their positions. It is also sometimes colloquially used to doubt statistics used to prove an opponent's point.

    So Mr. Paul Steinhauser what was the sample size? and where was the census done? deep south?

    July 21, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. Clayton

    My question when I hear these reports is who on earth do they poll?

    July 21, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    We'll be paying higher taxes for decades just to pay off what Obama has wasted over the last eighteen months. Give this spendthrift bozo an additional four years? The country would never be able to dig itself out of the hole...

    July 21, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. hjs3

    So what praytell were the demographics of this poll?

    July 21, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. Stewart - Las Vegas

    The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted July 13-19, with 2,181 registered voters nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.

    A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted in late March indicated that Americans were divided whether they'd vote for Obama or an unnamed GOP contender.

    *** Paul Steinhauser is turning CNN into another FIX NEWS***
    He is another RINO turn Tea Party Hack, and anything he, or "Senior Correspondent" John King say should be called into question.

    July 21, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Niel

    I too believe that he does not deserve reelection but when I see alternatives, I feel that he is the best among the worst.

    the way he handled BP (taking credit when it was capped and blamed BP whole time), race relations and his nonchalant attitude are very disgusting.

    pointer: less speeches; more work.

    July 21, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. Sama Mondeh

    Welcome to America, Mr. President!!! The America people really loved you!!!

    July 21, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. Republicans hate america

    I will vote for him again

    July 21, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. ME

    "Nearly half of all Americans think President Barack Obama does not deserve re-election in 2012, according to a new national poll." ... According to this statement MORE THAN HALF thinks he deserves to be re-elected ... why is it always reported in the negative?

    July 21, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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