CNN/ORC Poll: Dem support for Obama's re-election fades
August 14th, 2011
09:50 AM ET
8 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
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  1. Mountaineer

    As a progressive, I can tell you we are disappointed that the President has not been more outgoing in debt-celing debate, demanding more revenues, abolishing the Bush Tax cuts, his long drawn out DADT fiasco, his healthcare debate or lack thereof; that being said, the alternative is worse. So expect the progressives to follow President Obama and push Democrats in Congress to do more to get Americans back to work and make the wealthy pay their FAIR SHARE of TAXES!

    August 14, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. realist

    I want to see this President succeed.

    August 14, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. willie floyd

    I'm sick of all the criticism our president has taken. As a former Independent turned Dem., I stand with him. America has a real problem with "instant gratification"-everything they want, they want yesterday! 8 yrs. of a miserable administration and they feel everything should be "rosy" in less than 3 yrs. For me there isn't a Rep. in the country with the exception of Colin Powell, who has an ounce of credibility. Why anyone would consider putting the same party back in office that got us in this mess is beyond me!!

    August 14, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Jess C.

    Quite honestly there's no choice is you have any common sense at all. Though I've been disappointed in Obama's level of compromise (too much is not good either), he's been handed a pile of crap to work with given the objective of the GOP has always been to see him (and thus our country) fail. That by itself would win my vote, but I also know he is the only hope for keeping our country from regressing big time back into the grubby claws of the GOP and their wealthy cronies. It's time for the middle class to fight hard to keep religion out of our legislative process. They scream for smaller government yet have no qualms imposing government in to our personal lives and decisions. That's a waste of tax money in itself.

    August 14, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. Unbiased

    'More Dems support Obama's re-election'
    More than what ?
    Actually, the number of Democrats suporting him has dropped according to the statistics in the poll. Seems like another Pro-Obama article header from DNN (Democratic News Network)

    August 14, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. dd

    I think he should be given the chance to govern...the repubs all talk about how they were given a mandate by the people. well so was our prestdent or at least he can say that too! if they would just stop obstructing !

    August 14, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    Democrats, independents and moderate republicans want Obama to win 2012

    They know Rick Perry can’t create Jobs nation wide. He gave incentives to companies move jobs form other state and he balance the budget with stimulus

    Romney doesn’t trust Romney

    Michele Bachmann joke

    August 14, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. SNAPPA

    What the president has going for him in my opinion is two things and only two. One, the killing of Bin Laden, people dancing in the streets that night warmed my heart. Two, the health care reform even though he caved to republicans on the public option he at least got it through before the obstructionists were elected to run congress. The saddest part is his lack of strength, he seems to cave into repbublicans more often than not. He seems to give them everything they want without a fight. The republican congress has done nothing to help this country get out of this mess they caused. He must realize that if they are not going to help they need to get out of the way. President Obama needs to grow a backbone and stop caving into the republicans. The country is behind him but they cannot understand why he gives in so easily. Comprimise is one thing but this is not comprimising its giving up and surrendering.

    August 14, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Obama is the only choice since a GOP/Tea Party social/fiscal conservative extremist candidate like Bachmann, Perry, or Romney would not be acceptable. It is also important to have Obama fill the next vacant seat on the Supreme Court.

    August 14, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. HIH

    They are thinking that hope and change thing will be kicking in as soon as he can figure out who is to blame for it not working.

    August 14, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. Republican turned Democrat

    . . So does this republican after last night's straw poll choosing Michelle Bachmann. The first thing iowans need to do is get serious about the office of President. This poll must have been done after the state fair beer drinking contest.

    August 14, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. John

    Some people want to see America fail. These are called Democrats.

    August 14, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. johnborg

    I don't think anyone is giving Obama a chance to succeed. Originally, he wanted to reshape the way American policies worked. No one gave him a chance. For the most part, he is still running on Bush economic policies. American's don't know what Obama promised and they don't care, they won't let him try. They blockade him with their ideologies (if I hear a Tea Bagger say communist one more time... as if they don't know what communism is). Even more, think if "no compromise – stuck in my own little world" Bachmann won the GOP nomination. Centrist and Liberals will vote, they will come out in masses for that women to not win. They should be careful who they nominate.

    August 14, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. ingrid

    There is not a republican in the mix that I could stomach. I may not be happy with the compromises that Obama has made but for him to totally fix the economy in a short time is IMPOSSIBLE. We all know that. He does not have a magic wand. Give him the time he needs to fix an economy that was in free fall when he got it. Obama 2012!

    August 14, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. lonestarst8

    CNN is always quoting results from one of their polls. i come to CNN everyday to get my entertainment and never see these polls nor do i find links to them in my email. But these polls are so popular and important that they feature all kinds of controversial stories. Obama's rating has dropped more than 11 percent. the man will not be re-elected because 95% of his campaign promises were flat out lies (lies because he did the opposite) or where never meant to be accomplished. Wake Up America, that last three years were a failure for American's unless your agenda was to make the Government bigger and expanded it in such a way as to surpass any other President in history. It's obvious what was done for the Gov, and Banks and Businesses but what was done for the American people. Stop taking CNN's mock poll results and go do some research on a American who wants the chance to give back to American's and limit/downsize the Government, no other candidate compares to Ron Paul

    August 14, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. The Sleeping Giant Is Awake

    Think about it; even w/unbending support from the main stream media, a landslide election, Democrat controlled House & Senate for 80% of Obambi's tenure.......that the question even arises is a "tell, tell". How could any President slip so very far downward in such a short time? The answer; Obambi's Left, Socialist Ideology! Obambi will get the "black vote" simply due to pride.....he will get the "yellow dog" vote.....but real Independents will Not vote for Obambi!
    The "Sleeping Giant" of true Americans has been awakened.....this election, votes will not be cast to " be a part of history"
    or simply to vote for the "first black president"......... People are awake now & will vote for less regulation, less taxation, less Government, anti ObamaCare.....& yes.....less of Liberal/Democrat Tax & Spend!

    August 14, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. Lara

    Hah – that is just today. As Dems desperately cling to a mortally flawed single term prez who has nothing else up his sleeves. As the election cycle closes and dems know there is nothing else Obama can accomplish – and that a whole lot of what he rammed through must be "fixed" more and more dems – as well as ALL GOP voters, invigorated by a new slate of competent candidates will be the force behind the 2012 election. Obama – he is like dust in the wind. His time is up. We cannot afford more ruination under him. And his flawed lead.

    August 14, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. Just As I Thought

    Willie Floyd wrote; "as a former Independent turned Democrat"....... Sir, you were NEVER an Independant! No one makes that type flip & especially not now! My advice for you & other DNC bloggers;
    1. Buy a local Newspaper ( no you may not use food stamps for this purchase)
    2. Open it to Jobs section (there are no Community Organizers needed)
    3.get off welfare & go to WORK!

    August 14, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Sue

    Laura, that's what the republicans were hoping to get real Americans to believe, but it won't work. It's called believing your own
    lies. The majority can see through this and will vote accordingly. Dems support for Obama fade? I doubt it, when we
    consider the alternative. Michele Bachman? Oh. contrare, I think she just made the Dems a more cohesive force.
    Obama 2012.

    August 14, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Ibamaliar

    It needs to fade out of sight. Get rid of this cancerous man. All he intends to do is destroy America. he does not intend to help anyone. He is even using the illegals for his gain. See where he passed the Dream act. but he put stipu,ations on that requiring that they sign up for the military. Can you see them fighting for America the country they only intend to use to their benefit? I don't.

    August 14, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    The Dems need to come up with a much better candidate, or they can count on losing. Obama has been a total disappointment, and a fiscal disaster.

    August 14, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Sleeping giant should take a longer nap

    Giant, the racists lost in 2008, as they shall in 2012. including Bachmann. You can Put that in your teacup, and drink it.

    August 14, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. vic , nashville ,tn

    @ Just As I thought
    I am not eligible for food stamp or welfare because my income above the poverty line

    Today Local news paper front page “The cost of buying jobs Will millions in incentives pay off?”

    My problems my property tax went up 100% water bill went up by 100% that mean double
    My county takes money from me and giving to companies in the name of incentives

    Get real republicans never work for hard working American like me

    August 14, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. Positive

    So, how about this fellow Democrats: Instead of complaining that the President can't get enough done and not showing up to vote like happened in 2010, get to poll in 2012, EVERY SINGLE LAST ONE OF YOU, and elect a House and Senate that isn't trying to stop him at every turn.

    Because the alternative is an extreme right turn – it's a simple as that.

    August 14, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Moderate, sane Democrats are embarrassed by Obama, Pelosi, etc--they have turned the Democratic Party into the welfare and foodstamp Party. These moderate, sane Democrats won't vote for a Republican if Obama is the candidate, they just won't vote at all.Hopey and Changey, blame Bush, blame tsunamis, etc--is not going to work this time. This clown has detroyed our economy and the unemployment rate will not change while he is in office. There was even an article the other day saying that some of the unions will not be coming out in support of Obama in 2012--it does not matter if you are in a union, when there are no jobs!! ONE AND DONE!!

    August 14, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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