Poll shows an unsatisfied presidential electorate
June 23rd, 2011
10:10 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll shows an unsatisfied presidential electorate

(CNN) - A majority of Americans would consider voting against President Obama in the 2012 election, and of those voters a strong majority wished another candidate would jump in the race, according to a new national poll.

Thirty-six percent of those surveyed in a Bloomberg News Poll out Thursday said they will definitely vote for another candidate in the next election and 27 percent said they would consider another candidate, while 30 percent said they will definitely vote for Obama.

Of those who said they will absolutely vote for or consider a candidate other than Obama, 28 percent were "mostly happy" with the current field, while 58 percent hoped another candidate would throw their hat in the ring.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney topped the "very favorable" or "mostly favorable" list of potential or declared candidates with 37 percent support, followed former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who is still considering a run, with 31 percent and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty with 28 percent. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann received 26 percent followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 25 percent and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who continues to shoot down rumors of a run, with 24 percent. Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain came in at 18 percent, followed lastly by newly declared candidate, former Utah Gov. Jon Hunstman.

However, President Obama's favorable figure topped the Republicans with 54 percent despite his 42 percent unfavorable rating.

The more well known Republican candidates also garnered the highest unfavorable figures. Palin topped the list with 58 percent viewing her mostly or very unfavorably. Gingrich received 51 percent followed by Romney with 31 percent, Bachmann with 25 percent, Pawlenty with 20 percent, Christie with 19 percent, Cain with 15 percent and Huntsman with 14 percent.

The poll indicated that a candidate's infidelity and economic stances could also be deal breakers among potential voters. Seventy-five percent said past marital infidelity would make a candidate less attractive and 67 percent said a vote to raise the debt ceiling would make a candidate less attractive. Sixty percent said supporting a tax increase would leave them with similar feelings as would support of a change in Medicare to a private pay system with government subsidies.

The poll surveyed 1,000 adults nationwide via landline and cell phone from June 17 through June 20 with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Ed

    Again Obama knows more than our generals and continues to do what he wants to do.

    Why doesn't he just admit he is nothing but a person that wants to get another term and will do anything to get votes.

    In 2010 we need to send him and his family home it costs the tax payers to much.

    June 23, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Ed Texas

    I will vote for Obams in 2012. He has proven to be a true leade, especially compared to George Dubwa who almost destroyed our economy and took us into two costly wars. I think he has done the rights things and so far in on his way to deserving another four years. With the lack of true leadership in the Grumpy Old People Party I think he has a great chance to continue leading this country.

    June 23, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Jason

    I notice that this poll asked for thoughts on several possible GOP contenders who are not even running for president. Noticeably absent in this poll was candidate Ron Paul, who is by far the most qualified candidate in the race. Why was he not included in the poll over people who aren't running when he is consistently polling in third place or better and winning straw poll after straw poll? Is this just another attempt by the mainstream media to downplay and try to marginalize a very good candidate?

    June 23, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Bob in PA

    What "Change" has Obama brought that makes him deserving of a second term ?
    A supposed "Healthcare" reform bill that does nothing but increase the cost of healthcare to every American designed and written by hoardes of political interest lawyers that could care less about the average person.

    June 23, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. gt

    if things dont change with jobs and economy it wont matter who runs in 2012 ....obama will be drag down and out of a job..

    June 23, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. Four and The Door

    67 percent said a vote to raise the debt ceiling would make a candidate less attractive.
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    This is the most interesting finding in the poll. 2/3 of the people finally get it. The debt does matter. Raising the debt limit sends the message that debt limits mean nothing. Obama and the Democrats knew exactly what the debt limit was...they were involved in setting the last one. But they did nothing to respect it and just blindly assumed it would be raised once they spent all of the money that they could. Now they are freaking out about the Republicans trying to tie spending controls to raising the ceiling this time and accusing the Republicans of trying to make America miss its financial commitments.

    2/3 of Americans are not as stupid as the Democratic Political Advisors think they are. The Democrats set the current debt ceiling and then spent right past it and now accuse the Republicans of being irresponsible. Precious.

    June 23, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    Presented with the choice of Obama or a social conservative/Tea Party GOP candidate, most moderate and independent voters will cast a vote for Obama. However, if a moderate GOP candidate is nominated the choice becomes less clear.

    June 23, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. Baby Boomer

    I now realize that there are a lot of people in the United States who are schizophrenic or at the least they have attention deficit disorder. How do you jump from one side to the other in your beliefs as quickly as these polls indicate without being so. Our growing need for instant gratification, instant fixes, etc., is overtaking our nation. Truth is, some of our nations problems are too big and complex for some of the quick fixes the complainers seem to want. It took years to deregulate, tank the economy and destroy the housing market. (Just to name a few of our issues.) How could anyone in their right mind think that one man (who an entire political party has decided they will not work with on anything) could possibly solve all the problems we face in less than 3 years. People need to GROW UP and take a few "BIG BOY AND BIG GIRL PILLS". Let the current President do his job. He IS making progress against almost insurmountablel odds.

    June 23, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. DIANA

    What I see are the that the Republicans are making it so easy for Obama to win a second term. Even though he doesn't need those clowns to win a second term.

    The Republcan congress just rejected a nominee from our President for the Federal Reserve who won a Nobel Prize in economics. Ask yourself – who's side are they on?

    June 23, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. eperry_89

    Funny that this poll completely ignores Ron Paul. Do polling firms feel that if they pretend he's not there that somehow he'll just go away? Ron Paul has consistently polled better than the majority of people listed.

    June 23, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. maikl

    'Yes WE CAN' and send Obama pink slip.(2012).No more experiment.

    June 23, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Jason

    Diana, if we were serious about fixing the problems of this nation, we wouldn't simply reject Obama's appointees to the Federal Reserve, we would completely abolish the Federal Reserve itself. It is an organization that has led us down the tubes and destroyed our economy. Obama is a complete ignoramus in economics and so was his "nobel-prize winning" appointee. None of the Keynesians get it. Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate who understands economics, yet he is not even mentioned in this article, why? Ron Paul 2012!!!!

    June 23, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Four and The Door

    DIANA
    ...The Republcan congress just rejected a nominee from our President for the Federal Reserve who won a Nobel Prize in economics
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    So what you are saying is to let the Nobel Prize Committee run our country? What the heck do we have all these expensive elections for when we can just go with the picks of foreign prize committees?

    June 23, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Baby Boomer

    I now realize that there are a lot of people in the United States who are schizophrenic or at the least they have attention deficit disorder. How do you jump from one side to the other in your beliefs as quickly as these polls indicate without being so. Our growing need for instant gratification, instant fixes, etc., is overtaking our nation. Truth is, some of our nations problems are too big and complex for some of the quick fixes the complainers seem to want. It took years to deregulate, tank the economy and destroy the housing market. (Just to name a few of our issues.) How could anyone in their right mind think that one man (who an entire political party has decided they will not work with on anything) could possibly solve all the problems we face in less than 3 years. People need to GROW UP and take a few "BIG BOY AND BIG GIRL PILLS". Let the current President do his job. He IS making progress against almost insurmountablel odds
    -------------------------------------------------–
    You articulated that clearly enough for even a Republican to understand, but they won't.
    Your post refelects my sentiments exactly, Baby Boomer.

    June 23, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. Fair is Fair

    Looking bleak for Barry.

    June 23, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem is that there is a better candidate out there that isn't running. No, I'm not talking about Christie (who should step down now), but someone who has the ambition and the understanding to do that job. The major problem is that he or she doesn't have the money and name recognition. That is part of the problem that these candidate need to raise huge amounts of money to run for elected office. We'd have better candidate if there was no need to raise money like this.

    June 23, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. FM

    More than a year now to election day and people are asked who they will vote for!!!!!! as if no any event will occur or politics will be at standstill until the voting date.

    June 23, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. The Elephant In The Room

    The facts are that since February of 2009, literally les than A MONTH after taking office, the GOP establishiment (McConnell, Boehner & Cantor) and the GOPTP'ers (Bachman, Palin, Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity) were plotting President Obama's demise. It had NOTHING to do with his policies. It had everything to do with their lust to be IN CHARGE instead of him - and some of the opposition was/is instigated by coded, dog-whistle-like raced-based appeals against him.

    Not all of the people that are lukewarm on the President are racist but all of them need to ask some hard questions about the enviroment he faced / faces and how much of their wavering is due to getting sucked up in a peer presssure / mob-like attitude that was never ROOTED IN REALITY.

    I support the President. I think he is an intelligent, strategic, calm, statesmanlike, leader who has a vision for this country. He is an excellent role model as a man, a husband and a father. He has been an excellent manager picking highly capable people and empowering them to take on big tasks. He has taken foreign policy off the table as a concern for our citizens and I believe, based on his style, he will take the economy off the table as a concern if we give him time.

    I do not want to go backwards to the GOP fallacy of "tax cuts for job-creators bolsters the economy".

    June 23, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. Obama for America

    All the.GOP presidential contenders are not important for American economy. It is by their president the economy of US put in crisis. All the GOP president contender advocate for wealthy people and they ignore poor Americans. No way for GOP and Obama/Biden 2012!!!

    June 23, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. un of your business

    People don't want to blame the person who really made the economy what it is. But I will George w.bush Obama is trying to fix trillion dollar screw up ! Give the man credit Damn who really believes that it could have been fixed with the snap of a finger .......please ill vote for you Obama and I know plenty of others who ill back me up on that!

    June 23, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. Texas Doc

    This is the weakest field of any political race I have ever seen. And this is before the Tea Party folks tear them down and make them TOTALLY unelectable. Gotta love it. Just goes to show anyone who votes Tea Party or GOP needs to have their heads examined.

    June 23, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. b

    Embarrassing that the GOP has stooped this low. They're so obsolete, they are one step away from extinction.

    June 23, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. Kenny K

    I will like to see a poll on those who voted for Obama in 2008 election and will not vote for him in 2012 elecetion. Also, I will like to see a poll on those who did not vote for Obama in 2008 election and will vote for him in 2012 elecetion. That will be the true measure of election direction.

    June 23, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. Name king

    The American people scare the flipping daylight out of me. They keep allowing the repugs to sell the same old busted up tricke down policies that ruined our economy. By repackaging it, and use better sounding gimmick. But does the package somehow miraculously change? No it's the same old bull crap policies that have wreek havoc on us over the past 10 years. Last election these same peoe complained that the dems were passing too much legislations to rebuild our country. So they decimated the legislative branch and put the repugs in power. The repugs have blocked every jobs bill that came to the floor, using the deficit crisis as leverage. The problem is if we do plug up this budget crisis bleeding hole, we are doom. The repugs strategy is cut consumer spending to success, and keep giving the rich tax cut for them to keep hiding trillions from the tax man in other countries. I fault Obama he had a chance to tax some of these money going to other countries and he allowed the repugs to stop him in his tracks. Come on people is time to try something new. Because the old trickle down policies that the repugs won't let go is killing our country.

    June 23, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. W l jones

    Poll poll unsatified with presidential electorate these Rep. is like going to the fair they pop on the screen in the moring by noon they pop right off. .. the poplar don^t have time to make sound discision on anything.

    June 23, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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