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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soundoff (335 Responses)
  1. Richard Ryder

    I guess people have forgotten what George Bush did to the US for 8 years. I guess people forgot what George Bush did to the American image oveseas for 8 years. I guess people forgot that it was George Bush who got us into two wars and is why we are in this economic mess. I guess people forgot that Bin Laden was taken down in the Obama years, Bush had nearl 8 to get him and did not. I guess people forgot the moronic Rove, Cheney, Libby etc. I guess people forgot that the GOP does not care a whit about the middle class. McCain had 8 houses and could not remember how many he had; Romney wants to quadruple his La Jolla California house from 3000 square feet to 12000 square feet because it was not big enough...oh yeah...people forgot the vitriol that the GOP talking heads spit out day after day...they are not looking to work to save the country, they only care about their own agenda, and unless you are very rich...I guess you forgot that you are not wanted in the GOP.

    August 22, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  2. Peter E

    The GOP is making all the mistakes teh democrats made back in 2004. Yes, we know the president is failing and people are struggling, but just complaining about it without an actual plan, an actual vision will get them nowhere.
    Back during the '04 season democrat after democrat bashed Bush's terrible record. But none of them was anywhere inspiring, and none of them had original ideas or specific plans to get us out of Bush's failures.
    During this election season the GOP is the same way. They parrot Rush Limbaugh's hateful talking points but not ONE of them has an actual, specific plan to solve any of the problems, and every single candidate, once hitting the spotlight, turned out to be an uninspiring phonie.
    History will repeat itself unless the GOP shapes up and learns from the mistakes of their rivals from a mere eight years ago.

    August 22, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It just shows me that opinions fluctuate so much that the only one that counts is on election day. The sample size to me is so small that I don't think it is truly representative. It shows to me also that most people don't know enough about the candidates yet to fully make up their minds.

    August 22, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  4. Louis Nardozi

    There you have it – ANY Republican can win. How many will remove millions of senseless murders from your conscience? How many will bring half a million troops home? Do you think half a million customers will improve sales in the US? Do you think half a million troops can help secure our borders? Hey, you know what a good election gift would be? Freedom. Freedom for three hundred million Americans enslaved by the Patriot Act. Freedom from the Department of Homeland Security, who can disappear you any time they feel like it. You know what else would be nice? A President who acted like a PRESIDENT and not a king. If only there were SOMEONE....

    Vote Vertebrate – Ron Paul 2012!

    August 22, 2011 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  5. johnson

    are you kidding me? this country is wacko

    August 22, 2011 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  6. Kristin Loftis,West Des moines

    Because of Elohim. Obama will prevail in 2012.

    August 22, 2011 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  7. johnson

    after all of the stunts that the republicans are doing and we reward them?

    August 22, 2011 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  8. judith

    This polling is not reflective of the fact that the President is still personally very popular, has the power of the incumbency and the general electorate has yet to discover how badly flawed all of the GOP front runners are. Obama will be reelected.

    August 22, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. Martha in CF

    I don't believe this garbage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Republicans have nothing to offer the American people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Americans better get wise to what the R's will be shoving down our throats in they take over. You might as well kiss the middle class goodbye......and then who will make these execs rich..............

    August 22, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  10. Namryan NC

    This is a joke, right? Did they poll people from rural Georgia? Who can be so ignorant to like people that reject science and any basic common sense budgetary economics? These are all far right fringe people! What's wrong with America?!?!

    August 22, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  11. usa/canada

    thats scary

    August 22, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. Larry L

    I beg Republicans to take a hard look at their Party. How can an organization based on anti-poor, anti-environment, anti-diversity, anti-women's rights, anti-science, anti-Medicare, anti-Social Security, and laced with a generous dose of homophobia be a good thing? You always claim to be a religious bunch but would Jesus be a Republican? I think not.

    August 22, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  13. Name

    I do not believe any of these republicans are ahead of Obama. This is just a stunt to sway voters to vote for the right

    August 22, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  14. michael P

    finally! more coverage for ron paul! thank you!

    August 22, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  15. Jeff

    Yeah and if you believe this story you may have brain damage. There is no way any one of these dolts will beat the president in a head to head race in 2012. They can talk all they want, its not going to happen unless they come up with a centrist and that won't happen because the true republicans sold out to the tea party to even be viable in the last election. In November of this year they are going to see just where they stand, my guess is it's not going to be pretty for the obstructionist.

    August 22, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  16. Chipster

    The GOP has promised to dismantle Social Security and Medicare. They talk about them as if they are handouts and they have no intention of refunding the decades of contributions made by taxpayers into those programs. They're working hard to destroy unions and middle class workers and they're fighting to make temporary tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans permanent at the expense of the poor and middle class. Dick Cheney led the war on the middle class with his "outsourcing is good for America" campaign. They bankrupted the country with unfunded Medicare Part D and No Child Left Behind programs. And now they want to prevent the President from taking responsible action to bring costs under control. Yet, seniors and middle class workers continue to fall for the GOP rhetoric and vote against their own best interest. It's insane. The GOP waves the flag and the Bible – they distract people with issues like abortion and gay marriage that they will never, ever, ever change because it's their cash cow! It's incredible to think voters are really that stupid but they certainly seem to be.

    August 22, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  17. ObamaCareS

    Americans better leave them republican fools alone. The garbage they spew is terrible and reeks. The president takes care of America's business and the nuts still don't appreciate.

    August 22, 2011 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  18. Liz the First

    Guess the repugs' strategy of keeping the country from recovering and then blaming Obama for it is working in some segments of the population. how sad that there are that many gullible, brainwashed suckers out there. Obama needs to take the gloves off and stop treating the opposition like reasonable people he can work with, and start fighting tooth and nail to protect the people of this country from their totally evil, greedy agenda of all power and money to the rich and to hell with everyone else.

    August 22, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  19. LIB

    Who got called?

    August 22, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  20. Mr. Wilson

    I guess they all think Social Security is a Ponzi scheme to.

    August 22, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  21. realitybites

    And the winner is..........Obama. Seriously, folks. And this is from someone w/ somewhat of a long term memory when it comes to politics. W had the same polls and a lot of people thought he was a gonner for sure. From what I see Obama pitted up against, we can only hope that is doesn't win it will be a loss to Romney. The other's Jesus Freak dominionists are looking to re-establish the Byzantine Empire for the second coming. Even W wasn't that scary, just a ham fisted bull ina China shop.

    August 22, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  22. polite centrist

    I'm still hoping Huntsman wins. He's the only sane person in the bunch. How old is this planet? Most of them are crazy! Science is NOT a Dirty Word!

    August 22, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  23. Just Yoo W8

    President Obama will be a shoe-in. The GOP/TP is a fricken joke.

    August 22, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  24. Liberals be warned! Stop complaining and start organizing!

    "Tough time don't last but, tough people do" progressive and moderate voters need to have patient with Pres.Obama. Never in our history while fighting in wars and a deep recession has this country been so divided. The Republicans and the Tea Party have no intention to helping America in these trouble times. If the Republican Tea Party won't help you in tough times, then they will never help you. The GOP Tea Party is the same ideology we are fighting against in Afghanistan/Iraq.

    August 22, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  25. chedar

    I can see Jon Huntsman to be neck to neck in the presidential race. The rest of the republican candidate are not really presiidential material. They are a bunch of garbage.

    August 22, 2011 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
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