Obama would beat Jeb Bush big, says poll
February 14th, 2011
08:59 AM ET
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Obama would beat Jeb Bush big, says poll

Washington (CNN) - Some Republicans continue to hope Jeb Bush will get off the sidelines this presidential election, but a new poll out Monday indicates that President Obama would soundly defeat the former Florida governor.

According to the new survey from Fox News, Obama outpaces Bush by a 54-34 percent margin in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup. That's a significant uptick for the president from a September poll that indicated that Obama would only beat the younger brother of former President George W. Bush by a spread of eight points.

The release of the poll comes two weeks after Bush was featured on the cover of conservative magazine The National Review along with a story that hailed the former governor as a "can-do conservative reformer." In an interview with the magazine, Bush emphatically closed the door to a run in 2012, though left open the possibility of a White House bid in the future.

But National Review editor Rich Lowry later wrote he thinks this is the most favorable election cycle Bush is likely to face, given he has already been out of the governor's office for five years and is by-and-large removed from the public eye.

"No doubt he will have made many contributions to the cause in the interim, but by then his main credential – his governorship and its accomplishments – will seem like yesterday's news. Right now he has the feel of an elder statesman of the party while his time in office is still fresh," wrote Lowry.

The Fox News poll surveyed 911 registered voters nationwide by telephone between February 7-9. It carries a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.


Filed under: 2012 • Jeb Bush • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Marcus

    Attention!!!!
    ATTENTION!!!!
    Pay ATTENTION please!!!!
    The survey is from FAUX NEWS, and even then are saying that the Great Bush Hope would not beat Mr. Obama!!!!

    February 14, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  2. Mr. Moderate

    His brother poisoned the Bush name and ruined any chance of him getting elected. But I think it does show how difficult it will be for the right wingers that have taken over the party I used to be part of to unseat Obama. The current cast of characters have all moved to far to the right to appeal to the base that they have probably alienated most independants already. Just look at some of their speeches at CPAC.

    I'm sorry, I like Jeb, but there has been a Bush in the executive branch for 20 of the last 30 years. We do not need dynasties.

    February 14, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  3. EddyL

    No Bush. No Palin. No Gingrich. No Romney. No Paul. No Pawlenty. No Jindal. No Bachmann. No Huckabee. No Brewer.

    February 14, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    The RepubliCAN'Ts have JUNK "trying" to run for President in 2012!! Adding another BUSH is just more JUNK!!! This is the reason why the RIGHT has Palin/Bachman to Barbour/ginGRINCH – with more JUNK in the middle – running for president!! They have NOTHING!! Even if they want to shove Christie in their – he will LOSE!!!

    February 14, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. Jay in Illinois

    Wonder why that is? Could it be that because his brother and father did so well?

    He'll most likely need to change his last name to have a better chance.

    February 14, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    The Bush family has done enough harm to this country.

    February 14, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Maybe the people have not forgotten the Bush/republican culture of corruption after all. For what it is worth, Jeb gave us Rubio and Rick Scott, so I am not sure Jeb could carry Florida.

    February 14, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  8. Ancient Texan

    Ain't believing this poll. A sudden love-affair of Fox viewers for Obama? It's much too early for these polls and the president isn't that popular. Jeb Bush isn't the man anyway, too soon after George W.

    February 14, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Darth Vadik, CA

    Republicans are always delusional people, you have to be to believe that nonsense they believe, but even Republicans take it too far a lot of times. Just the idea that another Bush will be president in another 50 years is beyond bizarre.

    Americans may be ignorant at times, because we do have a lot of things going on and we do get complacent, and we do like a "quick fix" to everything, but to think that the American public is stupid, well keep at it Republicans and see how it turns out for you....

    February 14, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. GonzoinHouston

    I can't even imagine a candidate who could win both the GOP primaries and a national election against Obama. The TP's will mobilize against anyone who isn't far-gone right wing, and very possibly go third-party if a moderate wins the nomination. The republicans can't win with a TP candidate, but can't win without TP support.

    Making matters worse for the right, if unemployment goes down, Obama will be all-but unbeatable.

    February 14, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. The reality is...

    With all due respect, it's amazing to think anyone would choose to keep Obama in office.

    February 14, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  12. Ernie

    I have always been told only believe half of what I hear and read, Sure it's less than two years till the November 2012 elections, but count on Obama to do something stupid. All of his programs have "Failed" so it's kind of hard to believe that Jeb Bush would lose to Obama by an 8 point spread. I was once told by a real savy politician that a candidate can be ahead in the polls and loes the election, and a candidate who is behind in the polls can win the election. Example: Truman beat Thomas Dewey in 1948, Truman was behind the Tribune already had the "Head Lines" saying Dewey Wins that was one of the biggest printing blunders of all thme. If Obama keeps doing what he is dong he will be a "One and Done".

    February 14, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. jamarsu

    No kidding! Another Bush? Never again.

    February 14, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  14. DJ in TX

    No knock on the Governor personally, but I think it is his last name that people have a hard time with. George HW, the George W, then Jeb?? Maybe people think that is just too much for one family.

    February 14, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  15. Kevin

    Not only would he beat the pants off of Bush, but any other republican who runs. CPAC this past weekend was a prime example, all they did was bash the president and did not offer any alternative solutions as to how they would govern. You know its sad really, the GOP are the main ones responsible for bringing the country to the brink of a depression and all they've done is try to stop the the President who was elected by the "Majority" of the American people to clean up their mess. Also they want to take away our healthcare and demonize federal workers when they are part of that very federal workforce whom they despise. People need to judge them on their actions not words. Just look at the current congress, they haven't mentioned jobs not once. All they are talking about is getting this President. I know people hate when this is mentioned, but you have to wonder, all vitrial hurled at our current President you have to ask, does his race bother the GOP and Tea party that much.

    February 14, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  16. Diesel

    No more shrubs!

    February 14, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  17. Jimbo (The Real One)

    And this is a surprise...?

    February 14, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. lynn

    I can't believe Fox would release this info. They dream of the day another Bush or at least another Republican would be in the WH, but dream on. We can only hope the voting public has more smarts than going back to those dangerous days of sucking up to big business.

    February 14, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  19. gt

    no more bushes period...

    February 14, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  20. ReFascistican

    You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure that out. The Bush name is tarnished.

    February 14, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. gw

    Jeb Bush for President? That's almost as good as running Sarah Palin for president-or Newt Gingrich-or Bachman. I would love to see the Republican primary debates...everyone trying to move to the right to make nice to the Tea Baggers, each one trying to avoid admitting that President Obama is a devote Christian and was born in American (I suspect some of these folks aren't aware the Hawaii is a state). It would be quite an event!

    February 14, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. Al-NY,NY

    A Fox Snooze poll gives Obama a big win over Bush III??? Anyone who would vote for another from that family of know-nothings should be run out of the country

    February 14, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  23. Mickey, NY

    I never thought I'd day this, but Americans have had enough Bush to last a lifetime...NO MORE BUSH!

    February 14, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. Irma in North Carolina

    This is differeent fox saying something good about the president. Guess the american people dont want another Bush bringing the country down again.

    February 14, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. 11cavnam

    If Jeb Bush does the same type of job as President as he did as Governor of Florida, the country would be in sorry shape soon after he takes office. He was not a good governor, and there is no reason to think he will be any better as President

    February 14, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
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