Obama improves standing vs '12 rivals
January 14th, 2011
02:15 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama improves standing vs '12 rivals

Washington (CNN) - A new national poll shows an improvement in how Americans see the direction of the country, and puts President Obama in better standing against potential 2012 rivals.

The McClatchy Newspapers-Marist poll said still just 41 percent of respondents think the country is headed in the right direction, with 47 saying it remains going in the wrong direction. But that compares to a Marist poll in December where 34 percent of Americans said right direction, and 58 said wrong direction

The poll showed President Obama now holding a 51-38 percent lead over Mitt Romney in a hypothetical 2012 match-up. In their December survey, Romney was leading Obama 46-44 percent.

The Marist poll has Obama up 50-38 percent on Mike Huckabee, up from a 47-43 percent lead a month ago. And the survey has Obama ahead by 26 points over Sarah Palin, 56-30 percent. He led Palin by a narrower 52-40 percent margin in the December poll.

The poll indicates Obama leads the potential GOP challengers among independent voters, by 10 points over Romney, 5 over Huckabee, and 28 over Palin.

Marist's survey puts President Obama's approval rating now at 48 percent, up from 42 percent a month ago. 43 percent in this poll disapprove of the president, down from 50 percent in December.

These numbers are from a January 6-10th poll of 1,018 adults, with a 3 percent margin of error for the main numbers. These numbers are before the president's address at the memorial for the Tucson shooting and the controversy over Palin's video comments.


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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. willie floyd

    Must you put Palins' picture beside our president??? DISGUSTING!!!

    January 14, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    CNN is going in the WRONG direction!! Palin is NOT even in the MIX but yet she is next to President Obama?? Why? Get off of Palin's Bridge to NOwhere and start comparing President Obama to more "interesting" candidates.... Jeez!!! This is really almost a "disgrace"!!

    Let's continue to support our current leader, President Obama, as he MOVES AMERICA FORWARD in a positive direction!!

    January 14, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Abiding Lib

    Boy, how I would love to see what the numbers look like AFTER the Tucson shooting and O's and P's respective messages. I'd almost feel sorry for Palin...almost, but actually not.

    January 14, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. ade

    Obama aproval rating was at its lowest before the mid term elections. It is only bound to go up now. It will continue to go up as more independents come back to his side. As for the tea baggers,birthiers,Hannities ,Becks ,Limbaughs, Palins ,Gingrichs – nothing can change their minds. But thank God, You only need a majority to win ,not all.

    January 14, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. ...

    Obama 2012!!!

    January 14, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. SPLAT!~

    Palin's done. But come to Iowa anyway Mamma Grizzley, we'll take your money and laugh at your antics!~

    January 14, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Jacob

    The Obama's attempt to comfort the nation, and Palin goes to a gun show!
    Obviously it took some time for his policies to start improving the country, and it's all happening! Obama 2012!

    January 14, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. diridi

    I told you long time ago....nation is going to right direction. Remember, Reagan and Bush messed this nation like a hell....we need still stricter immigration. lot of terrorism is taking place in India and all muslim nations. Cut immigration to these nations. I shall vote for Obama if he runs in 2012. Period. GOP is going to mess this nation again, they are already telling that they repeal Health Care which this nation needed desperately, and direly....o.k, they lose...we need to make dollar more stronger...India is manipulating money by printing more money, even our dollars.......watch out this...

    January 14, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. DIANA

    They might as well nominate Sarah Palin as the Republican nominee. Nobody could beat our President. Hopefully, those who voted for the Republicans will see the error of their ways and the Democrats could win back the House so we could continue going in the right direction.

    January 14, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. S. In California

    I love the president but I STILL don't belive in polls. He WILL BE a two-term president and there is NOTHING the haters can do about it.

    January 14, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Drew Williams

    Now the GOP is going to have to work that much harder to, a.) convince everyone that things really aren't headed in the right direction, or b.) agree things are headed in the right direction and take credit for it. Should be amusing.

    January 14, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    No surprise that he leads all members of the party of no. The only one that stands a snowballs chance in you know where is Mittens, but being a cult-member, one of the other good little "soldiers of 'Christian' God" will get it, and get slaughtered. If this poll had them AHEAD of Obama, the right wing sheep would be crowing "he's done" but since Obama is beating them all, the reply will be "polls don't mean anything"

    January 14, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Tulsa

    I believe these numbers will skew more towards the President as time goes on. In fact, the next polls should move more into his favor since his speech at the Tucson Memorial.
    I have to hand it to him, it was a moving effort to unite and console our Country.
    The last 2 years will be remembered for What the President and Congress did for the PEOPLE. Health care reform, righting of the economy, repeal of DADT, simplifying student loans, tightening of regulations on Wall Street and renewing America's place in the world.

    January 14, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Me

    I'd vote for Trig Palin before I'd vote for Sarah but with a President like Obama, I'm voting Democrat again.

    January 14, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. sh

    Why put Palin's picture up there by Obama. She doesn't have the smarts to shine his shoes properly.

    She is delusional, stupid, a racist, and everything is about her. She is FAKE. Since she is someone who continuously spews hateful divisive speech, racist comments, and utter nonsesne wouldn't we all have been better off if she was in Tuson that day.

    Then again, her and the shooter must be blood relatives. They think alike.

    January 14, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. Vet in TX

    What is happening after all the fussing and cussing leading up to the November election is that America is really seeing the GOP for what they really are and who they really stand for. The tint of the rose colored glasses are starting to fade and a new reinvention of the right is in the works. Soon we will see where Loughner got his ideas, we have to really look at who his father supported. Can't blame him for his father.........that's not what you said about Obama.

    January 14, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. JC

    Gas is going up, food prices are rising and unemployment is still high but thank God BO's popularity has increased since his AZ tragedy pep rally. What is wrong with you people?

    January 14, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    This is a good sign for those who care about Americans. Life is good today. In out of touch job killing republican/bagger news: South Carolina wants to put a bagger on the ballot against President Obama, republicans are desperately trying to add $230 billion to our national debt by repealing health reform and denying 35 million any hope of health insurance, and republicans are also trying to convince Hispanics that they can trust republicans even though republicans want to repeal the 14th amendment. God is great, beer is good, and republicans are crazy.

    January 14, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. GL

    The Marist poll has Obama up 50-38 percent on Mike Huckabee, up from a 47-43 percent lead a month ago. And the survey has Obama ahead by 26 points over Sarah Palin, 56-30 percent. He led Palin by a narrower 52-40 percent margin in the December poll.

    Sara Palin just needs to throw in the tower. She don't have a chance in hell to beat President Obama in 2012. But I hope the Tea Baggers select her for the Republicans Nominee and Preident Obama can rest a little in focus on jobs.

    January 14, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Phattee

    GOP will stall, obstruct, lie, and do everything in its power to make sure Americans suffer in the hopes that they will blame Obama.

    January 14, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. GL

    These numbers are from a January 6-10th poll of 1,018 adults, with a 3 percent margin of error for the main numbers. These numbers are before the president's address at the memorial for the Tucson shooting and the controversy over Palin's video comments.

    Go Figure! President Obama is the President in 2012. As of now, he is unbeatable all the so called GOP front runners.

    January 14, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. GL

    I use to think polls didn't matter until after the Dems took a real beating which most polls have predicted. President Obama is leading all his so called opponents by double numbers this is before his healing speech to the national.

    January 14, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. GL

    The poll indicates Obama leads the potential GOP challengers among independent voters, by 10 points over Romney, 5 over Huckabee, and 28 over Palin.

    If Palin was smart she would have by now, been trying to get independent voters instead of singing to the choir.

    January 14, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. F1G

    Okay, so apart from the fact (according to CNN) that the housing crisis has not yet hit bottom, the Health Insurance crisis has not yet been fully realized, the "war" in Iraq / Afghanistan is no better than before, the economy in general is still in the dumper, etc., etc., we favor our current leader over a handful of celebrities who "believe" they are better suited for the job?
    This is not rocket-science, this is human nature (considering that most Americans base their position on whatever the media tells them). Okay, so you like CNN over Fox, or visa-versa. When will we learn? Regardless of your political devotion, both the political machines and media want you to think as they prescribe.
    How is it all working for YOU? Are you happy with status-quo? I ask because I believe that this is what we will get, regardless of who holds the reins in their teeth. We ARE the "frogs in the frying pan". Until we actually expect results, there will be none.

    January 14, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    "Oh, oh," cried the job killing republicans and the billionaires. What will happen to the overpaid corporate slugs in big business, Wall Street, big banks, health insurance industry, and big oil? After they spent billions to discredit the president, people are now not buying into it. Looks like its time for Fox to come up with some new ridiculous conspiracy that only their viewers could believe.

    January 14, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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