Poll shows big challenge for Obama, GOP, and Trump
April 26th, 2011
09:22 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll shows big challenge for Obama, GOP, and Trump

Washington (CNN) - There's plenty of bad news to go around in a new survey out Tuesday that suggests both President Obama and his eventual Republican challenger will face a substantial portion of the electorate who refuse to vote for them - especially if that challenger is Donald Trump or Sarah Palin.

According to the new survey from USA Today/Gallup, 46 percent of Americans say Obama will definitely not get their vote – a number that suggests the president has little room for error in his effort to win reelection.

But the GOP can't quite pop the champagne either – about an equal percentage of Americans say they definitely won't vote for Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee – the two Republicans and former presidential candidates that are leading in most primary polls.

Not surprisingly, given Obama does not face a fractured field to win the nomination of his party like the GOP contenders do, 31 percent say they will definitely vote for him while less than 10 percent say the same about Romney and Huckabee.

The news is worst for Donald Trump and Sarah Palin however: 64 percent said they definitely wouldn't vote for the "Celebrity Apprentice" host while 65 percent said the same about the former vice presidential nominee.

The poll surveyed 1,013 adults by telephone from Wednesday to Saturday and has a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


Filed under: Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. CNN watcher

    46 of those polled are Republicans or conservative leaning. This is a normal polling split that's always been there. Duh. This article is making a mountain out of a molehill.

    April 26, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    You forgot to subtract the race card from Obama's numbers.
    20% of voters will never vote for Obama simply because he is "not one of us".

    April 26, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. diridi

    Nation is reeling through the social problems, like Medicare, social security, Health Care, Education, Banks robbing citizens in charging 30 percent interest on visa and master cards, etc, these are the ones any president needs to tackle. Obama is doing most of these issues, so Obama will become next president. All these years, GOP idiots ignored. People know, if they elect GOP thugs, these problems will never be cured...o.k, we all know. World know these. we are in information technology state, not Reagan nor Bush era. GOP lack the candidates for these to stress, so GOP lose like a hell...thats it. we are in high tech, i mean...High tech era....Obama 2012.

    April 26, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  4. opedanderson

    Rudy NYC: There is a flip side to that race card. He will get 95% of one demographic no matter how poor a job he is doing.

    April 26, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. T-Man

    46% did not vote for him in 2008, but he still kicked butt!! and will again in 2012.

    April 26, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. Steve

    A more telling poll would be "Would you ever vote Republican?" My answer is no.

    April 26, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Charles

    Rudy, yea your correct. However, its a wash out. There will be 20% that will vote for him because "he is one of them".

    April 26, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. Not All Docs Play Golf

    OK, here's a concession...we'll have all Democrat candidates prove they were born in the U.S., if we have all Republican candidates prove they've been checked for rabies.

    April 26, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. Race Card?

    @Rudy NYC. Math proves your statement to be untrue. The President had to have won a substantial amount of white voters in order to have been elected in 2008. If anything, it is the other way a around, with well over 95% of African Americans voting for President Obama in the last election.

    April 26, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  10. FM

    Are people going to vote this year or next year? 18 months in politics is like a century. Anyone who took this poll has less to do.

    April 26, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. Rsprings

    Well, he won't get my vote. AND as some bloggers suggest it won't be because of his race. His lack of leadership is astounding, his policies are confusing and in some cases irresponsible. I wish him well in retirement.

    April 26, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  12. chris

    He has my vote!!! Obama/Biden 2.0!!!

    April 26, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  13. Ed FL

    there is 5 people [democrats ]in our family who will never vote for the GOP ,however there is existing beliefs that the current President is nopt assured of our votes. If he keeps giving in to the GOP on issues that Dems consider sacrrosant then Obamas biggest voting block may be coming from the GOP who seem to get anything they want from a ONCE opposition. Maybe an independent or a different Democrat may be the answer. WASHINGTON IS THE CAPITOL MR PRESIDENT ,STAY THERE AND SOLVE PROBLEMS NOT OK GOP PLOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 26, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Why does anyone care about a polll more than 18 months before the election that shows less than 1/2 the country will not vote for him. These are probably the same people who didn't vote for him in 08, and would probably never vote for a Black man or a Democrat.

    April 26, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. Positive

    All but 4 Republicans in the House voted to destroy Medicare. So, I can pay into it my entire life, but when I'm eligible, the CEOs of insurance companies will get the money from my near-worthless voucher plus more of my money to try to get them to insure me. And the wealthiest Americans will get more tax breaks!

    And they want us to give them more power?!?!?

    You can bet I'll be voting for Obama!

    April 26, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. Just The Facts

    46% didn't vote for him in 2008 either, and that victory was about as decisive as it gets. Look at past presidential elections. They're always really close – a lot closer than 54-46.

    April 26, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  17. Tired of the nonsense

    The GOP members are evil and have low I.Q.s. They prove continually that they only care about their own party and not America or Americans. They systematically try to pass laws that destroy our way of life or are trying to block laws that would improve our way of life. They will not get my vote.

    The Democrats have proven time and again that they do care about this country and its people. They are trying to pull us out of the economic disaster the Bush regime put us into. They are trying to keep Americans alive with a health care bill that the GOP wants to destroy because ::gasp:: it would be beneficial for Americans.

    No, the GOP will not get my vote. I will vote for Obama because he has proven repeatedly that he's intelligent and loves this country and its people. He knows what a Constitution is and uses it as a basis for our laws. EVERY single bit of that is the total opposite of what we suffered under the Bush/GOP regime.

    April 26, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  18. Nadeem

    The GOP with thier vote to pass the Ryan budget want to end Medicare as we know it and replace it with Private Sector Death Panels.

    April 26, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. paul

    It always amazes me when someone says they won't vote for Obama because gas prices are high. Or, that Obama is responsible for the entire debt; or, that Obama controls all bills, even though Congress determines that, etc. etc. etc. Combine those not voting on facts, birthers, racists, and the gloom and doom Republicans spread, etc. etc. and it will be a close race. That is, if the Republicans can come up with a credible candidate.

    April 26, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    opedanderson: You must be talking about the middle class.

    April 26, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  21. DENNA

    We need to get over ourselves and get out and vote. This country is filled with adult 'children' who stamp their feet and whine when they don't get their way. If you don't get out and vote, you are directly responsible for the mess that will occur, not matter which party you prefer. I believe that President Obama deserves and will get a second term unless the Republicans can come up with a darned good candidate – and it is not looking good for them. I believe the Tea Party will become irrelevant as their interference has not yielded any real solutions for America. Once again, whatever your political leaning, get out and vote. It is your right and you need to be part of the process.

    April 26, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  22. NC

    Mitt Romney will be elected President in 2012. The American citizens are done with obama and his socialist ways.

    April 26, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  23. Jon

    It sounds like the people have spoken and said that we don't want a president. Noboby. Vacant.

    April 26, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  24. Larry L

    President Obama will get my vote, my money, my time, and my continued respect. I'm astounded 46% of Americans could even consider a vote for the Party of No Answers (but lots of hatred).

    April 26, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  25. Grant

    I don't want to vote for Obama again, but then the Republicans haven't got a candidate at this point that I would support. SO Obama will most likely get my vote by default.

    April 26, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
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