CNN/ORC Poll: Dem support for Obama's re-election fades
August 14th, 2011
09:50 AM ET
3 years ago

CNN/ORC Poll: Dem support for Obama's re-election fades

Washington (CNN) – Barack Obama's base is behind another term for the president, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll.

Seven in 10 Democrats say they'd like to see Obama as their party's presidential nominee next year.

Full results (pdf)

That figure may seem promising, but support for Obama's re-nomination has fallen 11 percentage points since June.

Despite the decline, history is on Obama's side. "In 1994, only 57% of Democrats wanted the party to renominate Bill Clinton, and he went on to win the nomination and a second term two years later," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Without a prominent primary challenger, Obama's bid for re-election seems to be safe for now. But of those losing faith, the poll reveals that moderate Democrats are more likely than liberals to say the party should nominate someone else and younger Democrats are more likely to favor a new nominee than those who are older.

The CNN/ORC International poll was conducted by telephone from August 5-7 among 462 Democrats and independents who lean Democratic. It has a sampling error of plus-or-minus 4.5 percentage points.

CNN's Rebecca Stewart contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • CNN poll • Democrats • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. B

    If he would just fight back at least a little bit...... He allows the Republican renegades to run right over him!

    Mr. President, they are NOT GOING to play it your way, they want you GONE.

    They want No regulations, No taxas, and the same freedom to have another unfettered Orgy of Greed as they did under Dubwa for eight years !

    August 14, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. alolmsted

    President Obama is a man of character and substance. However, he will need to demonstrate tougher leadership in Washington politics to make a strong showing in 2012 – and this will be an uphill battle. He's proven his skills as a moderator, mediator, and negotiator .... unfortunately these valuable traits are generally perceived as "weaknesses" (and being middle-of-the-road) in our current political climate. The public seems to prefer "strength and leaderhip" in the bullying-type tactics of Obama's predecessor .... which get results, even if the method is cavemanish. So much for evolution in Washington.

    August 14, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. Anonymous means Hidden

    Anonynous, its because of the Republican theft machine that middleclass WORKERS like myself(and probably you if you would
    only stop being a tea traitor) now need food stamps. When they get through with you( and remember they eat their own),
    I will see you in the soup lines with the rest of their throw aways. Maybe you'll try and be anonymous their also.

    August 14, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. lynn

    If the polls would ask a cross section of the voters, we would get a far more different answer. When they go into a conservative Republican enclave, the outcome is predictable. Living in the deep south we have never been called by a pollster, and we have a listed phone number. No excuse except they look at the registered voters on file at our court house and know who not to call.

    August 14, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. sara

    Because America Can NOT afford division and hate......I will continue to Support this President, despite him having NOT a Congress that is willing to Work for the American people. Voting these "Fringe" self-promoting, bible thumping, haters of America and what it stands for out of office is the Key. I don't want to Live in the 18th Century. Looking around my country, I see NO change in our country that let me know we are Moving Ahead as a Superpower, except that Now Corporations are considered "people"....to ignore "for the people, by the people" is another double-crossing, talking out the side of their necks hypocrisy. We will Not stand STILL in the next year. Again, this president has Made enorous gains toward a better America moving forward.....I don't want to go back! This is exactly what will happen if we give in to these "haters of America".

    August 14, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. logic in LA

    I respect our President, but if Hillary were on the ballot, I would go back to supporting her in a heartbeat. Mr Obama is a good man but lacks the fight needed to work with Capitol Hill. No one would ever say Hillary is weak.

    August 14, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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