Poll: Dead heat for Obama and GOP candidates
August 22nd, 2011
05:47 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Dead heat for Obama and GOP candidates

(CNN) - President Barack Obama is closely matched in hypothetical head-to-heads with 2012 Republican presidential candidates, according to a poll released Monday.

The Gallup survey showed Obama within the sampling error among registered voters when pitted against Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney led the president 48 percent to 46 percent while Obama was tied with Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 47 percent. The president led Rep. Ron Paul of Texas by two percentage points with 47 percent and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota with four percentage points at 48 percent.

The new figures are similar to those from a recent CNN/ORC International Poll released earlier in August, which showed Obama ahead of Perry by five percentage points, Bachmann by six percentage points and Romney by one percentage point.

Gallup surveyed 879 registered voters by phone August 17 through August 18 with a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


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  1. enough of lies

    better look again, Both looks like any GOPer could beat obama from the last poll taken, so why be bias CNN, print the truth, not the smoke screen that cry baby obama wants, no wonder so many people have quit watching CNN.

    August 23, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. acg

    Wow a survey of 879 voters.... let me know when you get to the thousands.

    August 23, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. enough of lies

    Those who like Kerry better take a closer look at how he really got his medal in Vietnam, its all a lie that he tells.

    August 23, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Big George in Big D

    @Republicans Are The American Taliban – you are one big dummy if you don't think Perry can/will get women's votes! That's one of the biggest untruths I've heard in a long, long time.

    August 23, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Robita

    It's not over till the fat lady sings. If America is stupid enough to put a Republican back in office, than I guess we deserve what we're gonna get. You can count on the rich getting even richer and the poor loosing all services. You can count on stripped down public libraries, and terrible roads. You can look forward to no healthcare, no pensions, private Medicare that you have to pay for, private Social Security that will ensure you have to work till you drop dead, lower pay, and more jobs going overseas. So if that's what we want, we can have all that and more.

    August 23, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Bern in Western PA

    The reals story here is why the Republicans aren't way ahead, given the circumstances. This bodes well for Obama's re-election.

    August 23, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Guest

    Is 879 people really enough of a sample size to determine anything?

    August 23, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Jack Adams

    Gov Perry has mentioned about possible Treasonous actions by the Fed Chairman,Bernacke( which is punishable by death in time of war). The Fed Chairman is a non-partisan position and to indicate that something evil would happen to him in Texas demonstrates the character of Rick Perry. As to Treason, he falsely mentioned a couple years ago,that Texas has the right to secede in their original statehood agreement-this has been disputed completely and the only alternative provision was that Texas could split into five regions. So if Gov Perry wants Texas to secede-would he not be committing Treason against the U.S.?

    August 23, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Martin

    Gallup has Obama approval down to 38%

    August 23, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. REALLY

    879 people. I guess I shouldn't go out an vote, the election is over.

    I hate this 24/7 news cycle.

    August 23, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Marlboro Man

    This board is hilarious today.

    August 23, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. TiredoftheHate

    I tried posting a comment about all the hatred being spewed forth in many of the comments posted – what's up CNN – was my comment not far-right or far-left enough for you? Do you not want to post a comment that isn't slamming one side or the other enough. My original post was submitted at 12:37 – please find and post it. Thank you.

    August 23, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Mike K.

    Do you want to live in this world:

    Abortions banned, tens of thousands of women are injured and thousands die every year after botched "back-alley" abortions.

    Tort reform stops you from suing the doctor who cut of the wrong arm.

    Your children learn that creationism is a genuine scientific principle.

    Oil and gas mining regulations are scrapped and while we have plenty of fuel our water is not safe to drink.

    The tax rate for people making over 250,000 is reduced to zero becasue they are "job creators"

    Medicare and Medicaid are gutted. You're old or poor and your sick, you're on your own.

    Christianity is declared the official religion of America.

    The defense departments budget is doubled.

    The government spends a 100 billion dollars building an ineffective fence between the US and Mexico.

    The department of transportation is scrapped, as well as the bridges, highways and raillines that they maintained.

    That is a small sampling of what the Tea Party folks want to see happen. Are you prepared for that?

    August 23, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. JonDie

    Has Texas' Pastor Rick Perry been praying again? I notice today there were earthquakes in Colorado and Virginia. Please Pastor Rick! Make it stop!

    August 23, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. jamison

    These polls are ridiculous a year and a half out. It all depends on numerous things. Who will actually be the GOP candidate, what condition the economy is in, how much more obstructionism the GOP will dish out, etc etc. In the end Obama will not need to move for another 4 years.

    August 23, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. alan

    To the voters of the United States,

    Do you really want another Texan to be president? They have all started wars, driven the economy down, spent way to much money, could have been the most corrupt ever to hold the office, we all definitely jerks and most were glad to seem them go by the time they left office. This is from a Texan that has had more than enough of Rick Perry et al.

    August 23, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Patty

    @Sniffit

    "The business sector has already made up it's mind. No jobs or hiring until the uncertainty of the Obama Adm is gone."

    "Simple fix: give the Dems congress, teach the business sector that it's here to serve the American public, not rule it, and give it the certainty that it needs, i.e., that the rest of the American populace wants there to be a strong and growing middle-calss, wants the wealth/income disparity to shirnk not grow, wants Medicare and SS to exist and be healthy and if that takes taxing the rich we're more than freekin willing to do it. The business sector may try to recoil from it or punish the rest of us for it, but the reality is, they'll learn very very quickly that they need us and the demand we represent far more than we need those in the business sector who choose not to play nice and seek to destroy what the founding fathers intended to be an egalitarian society, not a third-world banana republic plutocracy."

    Hey Sniff, i'll only point out a couple problems with your argument. First, the Dems had congress....and presidency for 2 years. That sure didn't fix the economy. Second, changing the business sector isn't going to magically fix SS and medicare. those programs need drastic reform to become viable again (but with reform, i think they can work). Third, if the business sector were here to serve the American public, you wouldn't have capitalism. Businesses are in place to earn money for their shareholders aka people. Businesses wouldn't be in business if they didn't make a profit.

    I do agree with you on one point. The wealth/income disparity is out of hand. Do I think the current administration will fix it? No, but then I don't think they ever had a plan to fix the economy or the job problem besides relying on the first stimulus to fix everything for them.

    August 23, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Dave from GA

    I remembered the same thing with Clinton and Dole in 1996 when Dole was in the dead heat with Clinton. A few weeks later Clinton led all the way to win the 2nd term. Obama can do if the economy starts picking up.

    August 23, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. Ed Texas

    This pole is a joke. There is a lot of time between now and the election. Plus, most of the GOP candidates have "foot in mouth" disease and just of matter of time before these right-wing whackos in the GOP turn independents against them. The GOP today is not the party of your parents. If Ronald Reagan was still alive he would be very embarrased by the current Republican party controlled by the Tea Baggers and the likes of extreme right wingers like Perry and Bachman. .

    August 23, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Simple fix: give the Dems congress, teach the business sector that it's here to serve the American public, not rule it, and give it the certainty that it needs, i.e., that the rest of the American populace wants there to be a strong and growing middle-calss, wants the wealth/income disparity to shirnk not grow, wants Medicare and SS to exist and be healthy and if that takes taxing the rich we're more than freekin willing to do it. The business sector may try to recoil from it or punish the rest of us for it, but the reality is, they'll learn very very quickly that they need us and the demand we represent far more than we need those in the business sector who choose not to play nice and seek to destroy what the founding fathers intended to be an egalitarian society, not a third-world banana republic plutocracy.
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    But the Democrats HAD Congress, BOTH the House and Senate, from 2006-2010, and what did you do with it??? Drove the economy into the ditch 10 months after taking control, forced a huge new unconctitutional government entitlement down the throats of the American people, passed a trillion dollar union giving away masquerading as a "stimulus plan", took over car companies to save the unions, bailed out banks, and on and on. The American people decided enough of that insanity and gave the House to the Republicans in a historical landslide election.

    So your solution is to continue the assault on private enterprise and "the rich"??? So the very system that has resulted in the greatest country this planet has ever seen, you want to systematically dismantle for a "share the wealth, poverty for all" scam? I think a good number of Americans recall what that looked like back in the Soviet Union. I think I'll pass on the opportunity of waiting in line for 2 days to get a roll of tiolet paper, a pound of lard and a half pound of sugar.

    August 23, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    The Gallup survey showed Obama within the sampling error among registered voters when pitted against Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann.
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    Still think the Messiah walks on water and is invincible libtard kool-aide drinkers? Thought you were going to maintain control of the House in 2010 too right?!

    Honestly, Obama and the Democrats have turned Obama into some sort of cult leader who does nothing but spew vitriolic speeches about his opponents (paranoia starting to set in) and then strokes his zombie followers with the "tax the rich" class warfare BS. Obama's economic policies have been a complete failure and have left the country WORSE OFF and FAR DEEPER in debt. He and the Democrats have set this country up for financial collapse and attack anybody trying to prevent it.

    The Republicans really gave this clown more credit than he deserved. They have not needed to do a blasted thing to ensure Obama was a one term President. The community organizer and his socialist programs and class warfare were more than enough to ensure he'll be thrown out in 2012.

    August 23, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. FIELD1stSGT

    Liberals are nothing but headhunters from deepest Africa and know absolutely nothing about government. The rest of Obama's followerers are just plain imbred retards. There is no way Obama is going to regain the White House, but SARAH PALIN will walk away with the election. Finally a brain in the White House and she does not burn your eyes to look at. Did you see the big hipped mommy speaking in front of the White House this morning. boy don't you know the children were impressed with this person who knows how to make stews out of big pots on poles.

    August 23, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "How many points for driving around the midwest in a big, black, Canadian-made bus?"

    Since both Obama and the Republican candidate for POTUS will be doing so (there's two buses for that purpose, or did they neglect to tell you that on Red State and and Fox News?) there are no points for it...it's balanced out for a net of zero.

    August 23, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    I wonder how the right wingers feel now about nuclear energy now that two reactors in Virginia have been shutdown. We dodged a bullet and could of had a Fukishima sitution here. And who says our infrastructure doesn't need to be revamped? The jobs everyone are looking for are all around us. FIX OUR INFRASTRUCTURE!!!

    August 23, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. John

    His star has definitely lost it's sparkle, but it ain't gonna fall that easy. As a betting man, I still like his chances given 15 months, a billion dollars of campaign funds, and no clear leadership in the Republican party. The presidency is his to lose... but if he uses a billion dollars to run a "kill" campaign like his team promised, the independents who graciously allowed his internship in the White House for the first four years will not vote for him – or not vote at all.

    August 23, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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