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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soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. JB

    Oh yeah, vote for the republicans so they can finish off what's left of the middle class? With republican leadership, the US will look more like Haiti than the tea baggers america.

    Nope, they did enough damage over the last 30 years to last me a lifetime. It'll be a cold day before I vote for a republican. They're only in it to line their pockets and enrich the lives of their benefactors – big business and the rich, the middle class be damned.

    July 21, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. Orlando Patriot

    I am surprised it is as high as 40%!! With the incompetence of this administration and their constant ineptness (and the difficulty in Obama trying to control Joe Biden and his constant blunders) I would have expected less. Oh well, it won't take long for Obama to get lower than that.

    Most intelligent people (who are intellectually honest) recognized very quickly that Obama has never been in a leadership roll EVER!! The president needs to be a leader which Obama is clearly not. You people wanted "Change" so I hope you are happy with the catastrophic "Change" this administration has initiated and is quite likely we won't be able to "Change" it back.

    Therefore for future decades when you reminicent about when the United States used to be the strongest and best but is no longer you can blame yourself for the idiotic votes in 2008 that elected a Community Organizer as president.......

    July 21, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    So this means that 6 out of 10 Americans and dumb. Nothing new here.
    The shrub was appointed and then elected. Didn't vote for him either time and I can sleep at night knowing that I didn't send thousands of Americans to their deaths in Iraq by voting for the most inept president in our history.
    We now have a President who said he would do some things and bring change and he has.
    So to those who think he is not worthy of a second term you are either listening too much to little girl beck or the quitter and you should pull your heads out from their behinds.

    July 21, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Alan

    And GWB had 25% approval rating even in his last months.

    July 21, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. vic

    Obama administration better than last administration
    This congress is better than last congress

    But lot rumors out there its hurting Obama

    July 21, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Rob

    Wow I cant believe its that much. All this manchild has done since he has been in office is take vacation, race bait, and tear this country apart. He will be known from here on out as the worst president in our history.

    July 21, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. D.

    Emotional right now – wait and watch our President return ti power.
    When we intellectually review all the accomplishments and Michelle looks great in comparison to a dour woman the Obamas will remain in the White House.

    July 21, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. christine case

    Name one president who came into office with so many problems facing the country. Not one! This president came into this office and has worked on every issue. He's only been in office for 1 1/2 years and already the public is harping. You don't fix these problems overnight. Bush had 8 long long years to destroy this country and leave it in shambles. The American public expects things to be hunky dory like a 30 minute sit-com. All you hear is "too much government" or "too little government". If this American public {and I use this term loosely} elects another Republican, you can bet your bottom dollar that this country will tank for sure. Have patience people and help this hard working president see this term through with a little help from all of us.

    July 21, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. stormerF2

    What did you expect when an inexperienced commuinty organizer get put incharge of a job he has no idea of how to do? On Job Training maybe Ok for some positions,but not for one that requires some common sense.

    July 21, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Dar

    All the presidents numbers drop after the newness wares off and everyone can see that they lied their way into office. Big deal, we still have over two more years with this dork before we can vote his lame butt out once and for all.
    Then we get another lier in cheif and away we go.

    July 21, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    All I have to say is we'll see in a couple of years ;)

    July 21, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. dinah

    Who cares the new moronic Americans who believe the new faux news
    aka CNN . Deserve more of the same. and I wish no party will run against them.This morons had short term memories. Let the Republican control both houses and the presidency for 20 years let the power greed rich people rule America for a long time. so they can fully
    ruin the country to oblivion. Just like Rome . LET THE FALL OF THE NEW ROMAN EMPIRE AKA. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BEGINS.

    July 21, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. T

    For those who voted for Obama , now you ready to threw him out like trash......shame on you and you say that you will vote for a REP. crazy.
    I voted for him and I will vote for him again. I dont change my mind that easy, dont follow the polls. But if you do vote Rep which tell me
    that you did not voted for him anyway. And this poll is bull.........

    July 21, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. La Piovra

    None of these pollsters has ever called me, over a rather long life, and as my sole regular contact with the outside world is now a joined-at-the hip Samsung Flight, I doubt they will. So I will offer my two cents here.
    Barack Obama had a grave fault when he entered office: a belief that Republicans and Blue Dogs genuinely desired the good of the country and only disagreed about the means. He has been disabused of this notion. The Dogs are interested in guarding their bones; the current crop of Republicans are guided by the principle of malice towards all, charity towards none (except those who don't need it). Naivete, like virginity, never returns once it is lost. I therefore endorse him for re-election.

    July 21, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Ron in california

    Let Hope the polls hold...No more Obama. The guy has been a disaster along wit Pelosi and Reid.

    July 21, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Rob

    As a progressive, I can say Obama lost my vote long ago. I regret voting for him. He is a sell-out. Wishy-washy. The black Jimmy Carter.

    Looks like I go back to the Greens and the likes of Ralph Nader. Too bad for anyone that doesn't like it. You Democrats has your chance only to shoot yourselves in the foot, again.

    July 21, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. Bob in PA

    What, 4 in 10 school children ?

    July 21, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. David

    I would suggest the other 6 out of ten vote for another GOP, and get yourself another Bush or Chaney in office, because that is all the GOP has to offer. I'm sure another 4 to 8 years in another war, maybe Iran this time, will do our country a greater good. people forget we had a 8 year hole to dig out of and the GOP never wants to talk about that. let's move on they say. You spend billions on wars that should have never happened, thank you GOP and Bush, and we spend 3 billion a year for Israel to defend her self. Defend your own country with your own money, as a tax payer I am tired of paying for other countries needs, we have our own here.

    July 21, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. Hannah

    Four in ten of Republicans that is. Democrats are supporting him. Independents too. This "liberal" so called mainstream media is amazing. President Obama is signing another landmark bill, the second one this year and all we see on CNN is how he's doing pourly, not accomplishing anything. Wow, what would they say of bush at this same time in his career?

    July 21, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. stevegee

    We The People have awakened from the "hope and change" coma, and now know Obama's true agenda: Socialism.

    November will be a landslide victory for the conservative movement. Vote American, vote Republican!

    July 21, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. A Florida Resident

    Only 36% would support Obama today for re-election.

    And no other President has had more slobberingly favorable treatment by the news media than Obama.

    Just think where Obama's poll numbers would be if the news media treated him like they treated George W. Bush.

    July 21, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Carol Ann

    Interesting-during the last presidential election, while most polls had Obama leading significantly throughout-Quinnipiac had McCain either slightly AHEAD or even with Obama. Their polls are slightly skewed toward the Right in my opinion.

    July 21, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. ABM

    Judging by what he has accomplished thus far he has my vote. And for the record I am a registered republican. Considering what little was done in the 8 years prior it is a shame to hear people not see past the wall of deceit the Republicants and Conservatives. Get over it – he is delivering for the AMERICAN people. If you want to take a step backward and return to the way things "were" then move out of the country. If you are against Healthcare or Financial Reform you need to get your head checked.

    July 21, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Diane P

    After everything that's happened in the past week they'd rather vote for the Republicans??? The Tea Party, unemployment compensation, request for regulation free sociey, ants, Palin,Angle,Boehner,Mark Williams, too many more to name. The real problem in the US is the eduacation system, this country is becoming frightening.

    July 21, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. kelly

    9.5% unemployment after 18 months in office is not something you can brag about.To keep the nations unemployed drawing unemploment for 2 and a half years is shameful.People would rather have jobs and there's nothing pointing to that happening any time soon.

    July 21, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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