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. lps

    The president's poll numbers have dropped here in N.J. also. This was a state that voted to elect him by 16 points.

    August 22, 2011 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  2. Durp

    This nation needs a new generation of politicians..both sides.

    August 22, 2011 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  3. yoyolite

    879 registered voters! Really!! And this is a legitimate poll?

    August 22, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  4. Donkey Party

    Anybody that votes for Republicans epitomizes the same words Perry used recently, treacherous and treasonous.

    August 22, 2011 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  5. Brian

    Why is this a surprise? Obama's approval ratings on jobs and the economy are below 30%

    August 22, 2011 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  6. keesa

    like who cares! The middle class is going to win this Election, We as rural and suburb AMERICANITES knows were our President Barack Obama stands and that`s for the least of us. I have a lot of friends in my rural area who get poll in they say they know the President has their best interest at heart, they don't listen to the news that much but they follow closely at the presidential GOP candidates in they don't have a clue about our country no substance, no solution but, they have a lot of politics. We as Moderates in Independents vote no in the polls hoping that its going to push this President more harder.

    August 22, 2011 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  7. BeverlyNC

    Presiident Obama is an outstanding leader and produced results on saving our economy, creating jobs on a small scale, and having tremendous successes in foreign policy from killing Osama to stablizing Afghanistan, to helping Egypt and Libya gain their freedom from cruel dictators. He did the last 2 with NO SOLDIERS on the ground and all in 6 MONTHIS time. Iraq was a lie of a war by Bush, has cost us thousands of lives of our soldiers, we have been there 10 years and it has added more than $1 TRILLION to our debt.
    Regardless of the constant successes for America and for people struggling for freedom around the world – Republicans criticize President Obama endlessly. They are always against everything he says or does. Senator McCain and Senator Graham today even called Libya "a failure" all because President Obama was RIGHT about not putting soldiers in harms way and those Senators wanted a land war. They refuse to admit they were wrong so instead they claim Libya was a failure, How petty and characterless. They also failed to mention the banners in Libya erected by the People there that said "Thank you Obama".
    Hopefully the American People will realize the Republican Party has NO leaders, are LIARS, are HATE-MONGERS, are RACISTS and worst of all are TRAITORS to the PEOPLE. They have worked to kill ALL PEOPLE PROGRAMS from SS. Medicare to agencies that protect us like the EPA and the FDA as just a small sample. Do you want to eat uninspected meat, take unregulated meds and trust the oil and gas companies not to contaminate your water? Do you trust the banks to do what is right and fair and financially sound? Republicans also want to kill all financial regulations on the banks less than 4 years after they brought down our financial system.
    Republicans cannot be trusted, do NOT work for the PEOPLE they swore an oath to serve, and will continue to destroy America until we have every one out of all LOCAL, STATE, and NATIONAL seats. The Democrats can then implement their JOBS plans and economic recovery solutions Republicans have blocked for 2 years.
    Democrats have solutions and care about We the People. Republicans want America to fail for a sick political game to destroy Obama. They are willing to destroy America just to get to Obama. Their hate and racism has overtaken their common sense to do what is rigth and best for the PEOPLE.
    Republicans are NOT LEADERS. The sooner they are gone – the faster America will recover. I stand with President Obama and all who love America will stand with him too.

    August 22, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  8. dave

    Rick Perry/Exxon Mobile 2012.

    August 22, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  9. Dfields

    Yeah right .....that means Obama is nearly even with losers like Perry, Paul and Bachmann. (I could understand maybe with Romney.) That would mean the majority of the US electorate would be completely ignorant of economics, history, current events, economics and just good common sense if there are backing Perry, Paul, Bachmann and Sarah P. Wait a minute ...come to think about it ....maybe this poll is correct after all.

    August 22, 2011 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  10. Republicans elect and attract the not so smart

    Ok...go put this out right now to:

    Democrat Warfare,

    I know you feel as thought Pres. Obama is the worst president in the history of this country....we all get that! And frankly sir/maam, I'm tired of hearing your pissin' and moanin about our president. You've disparaged our president to no end from day 1. And its old and very very tired.
    What's most frustrating is hearing that from a person, that couldn't think themselves out of a patch of pony dung, simply because, your complaints and criticisms make no sense. It gives me real heartburn to realize the educational system in this country would let someone like you, get past the 1st grade....I'm assuming you did of course.

    Anyway, no disrespect to your political views but if would coach some of your arguments and criticisms with some facts, maybe some of us could follow your inane logical. Otherwise, you, sir/maam are simply peein in the fan with your mouth open.

    I know this won't change your constant bashing of the president, but maybe, just maybe, you will put some rational facts with your putrid statements.

    Have a nice day and Yes, This President will be re-elected in 2012, even if you spend every day and every hour writing your schoolyard name calling....but freedom of speech is what this the baseline of the founding of this country. And I will vigorously defend your right to say stupid stuff for as long as you make it a point to do so.

    Remember this however, This will be the first 911, when we can celebrate the removal of OBL from this earth because of One Barack Hussein Obama – the 44th president of this country. Like it, Hate it, but you can't ignore that fact – unless you are truly un-american.

    Here endeth the lesson in civility and respect for the current CIC

    August 22, 2011 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  11. thes33k3r

    Rick Perry/Kim Jong Il 2012!!

    August 22, 2011 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  12. Satan

    I'm a former Obama voter, and I will vote for Obama again unless I get the opportunity to vote for Ron Paul or Stephen Colbert.

    August 23, 2011 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  13. The Unsub

    none of those clowns can hold a candle to President Obama!

    August 23, 2011 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  14. dplandry

    All I can say is I hope we on the right come up with a decent candidate soon. We're seeing all the warm-up acts right now. I wonder who the headliner will be, because if it's any of the current "candidates" we are s-c-r-e-w-e-d over on the right.

    August 23, 2011 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  15. Zious

    Obama claimed to rather be a good one term President than a poor two term President, while from day one working to retain his job. He has failed miserably in coming out with any solution for jobs or the economy (stimulus is not a real plan). To this day he goes out campaigning and giving lectures while trying to get himself elected for a second term instead of not worrying about the second term and doing what he has to to get the economy moving. He needs to be shown the door just as the millions of Americans have been due to his inaction. Blaming Bush seems to be his mantra even today almost 3yrs into his own Presidency. His quest for a second term has cost this country big time. I wish there was a primary opponent running against him. Obama has absolutely failed to lead.

    August 23, 2011 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  16. Gemini Girl

    I like what the lady filling in for Lawrence O'Donnell said today about Jon Huntsman, that if he wants to win the Republican nomination, he has got to stop making sense! LOL, I think just about everybody knows that the Repub campaign this year is filled with a real bunch of clowns (except for Huntsman). If the Wasilla Quitta jumps in, it will just make it more so! They also gave a clip from when Rockefeller, a Republican was running for President, and he warned about the Republicans moving too far to the right. Well he lost big time because the Republicans didn't want to hear that. We've come a long way, ya' think?

    August 23, 2011 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  17. Doug

    Read the comments from the Demo soros drones in the Allen West thread. As you can see the Democrats of today are the same people as the Democrat from the past who rode around on horses wearing their bedsheets and burning crosses.

    A Democrat vote these days means that you believe that people like Allan West are evil and should be put to death because they are black and dare to not march lock step to the hateful, lie ridden, selfish, negative impact on society Democrat National Socialist party.

    Go ahead, find just a single Democrat who is a decent, honest, thoughtful person who believes that all AMericans regardless of their skin color should have ideolgical freedom. THe reality is that no such 'crat exists, as it takes a commitment to evil and a sell off of your soul to the devil to embrace the Democrat party.

    All the time the Demo-drone lib bots spend here posting on the ticker. They could save their time and do the equivelent of what they do here by going to Dr. King's grave and spiting on it.

    Read every speech that Dr. King has ever made, then objectively listen to not only Democrat politicians but every Democrat voter and supporter as well. Everything that every Democrat in America today says and does is in direct contradiciton to what Dr. King dreamed out and faught for. If Dr. King were alive today and promoting his message of tolerance, fairness, equality, and love for all Americans with a good heart, each and every Democrat in AMerica would be calling him an uncle tom, sell out, oreo, wannabe, and every single one of 'dem would be wishing for harm and every death be inflicted not only on Dr. King but his whole entire family as well.

    It is a moral obligation to vote Republican for each and every American who has morals, the facts and truth about who and what the Democrat is based on their own words and actions makes this statement the undeniable truth.

    August 23, 2011 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  18. J.V.hodgson

    This clearly misunderstands the meaning of the statistics. If obama is ahead it's irrelevant whether the person who he is beeing compared with is within the margin if error. The margin of error is + or – 4% in this case and it applies to all results. you cannot assume X opposition candidate result would be 4%+ and Obama's automatically 4%- it does not work like that, if obama has 48 and the opponent 47 statisticaly the poll says he wins. the chances of One side being +4 and the other minus 4 has an even greater statistical probability, or margin of error.
    If I consider the air time being given GOP candidates at the moment Ames strawpoll etc not surprising.
    Regards
    Hodgson

    August 23, 2011 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  19. jobless

    so 879 registered voters are going to decided the how the President matches up against a couple of jokers?!?!?! huh....I really hope the general public doesn't buy this. oh wait they hired bush for 8 years....nevermind

    August 23, 2011 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  20. Aaron

    Obama's numbers matching those of the Repub freak show of candidates is just plain sad.

    August 23, 2011 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  21. pamplin clayton

    I feel sorry for this country if Rick Perry or any of the others become President of the united states of america .

    August 23, 2011 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  22. Ann

    Perry does not count He is full of hot air! Want a minimum rate job, no insurance. uneducated children, and seniors out of the Nursing home, no medicare nor medicaide = Vote for Perry

    August 23, 2011 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  23. Tea Party Mike

    The Republican field is looking very strong with 4 current potential candidates for President either leading Obama in the polls or polling within striking distance with the polls margin of error.
    I think the odds are very good that the eventual Republican candidate will defeat Obama in 2012.
    Obama has very little going for him.
    All Obama has to offer voters for a track record is a host of policies that have failed and that a majority of voters never wanted passed in the first place. And Obama defends these failed policies with an endless list of excuses that does more to turn off voters than it does to impress them.
    Having nothing to sell to voters, Obama and his supports have nothing else to fall back on except attacking his opponents.
    So it would seem all Obama has to offer between now and the 2012 election is excuses for failed policies that even a majority of independent swing votes never wanted passed in the first place coupled with insults, name calling and attacks directed at his opponents that will impress no one except his base. If that is all Obama has got, I think a Republican has a great chance to unseat Obama in 2012. When push comes to shove on election day, if voters do not like the clown that is currently in office they will calculate that they have everything to gain and nothing to lose by giving someone else a chance. The Obama campaign argument that the other guy is even worse than me will just seem like one more excuse from a failed President who has already made too many excuses.

    August 23, 2011 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  24. Elaine

    There is a lot of frustration and anger in the country right now, and much of it is directed at the president, as leader.In many instances, I think that the president has had to play a bad hand that he was dealt at the outset, and it has affected the outcome of many things that have been disappointing to a lot of people. That coupled with Republicans in congress, who think that their winning hand is to "Just say No" to the president on every issue,has caused the public to loseP eople need to think long and hard about the 2012 election, and not just be driven by emotion. I don't think that most of the ideas that the GOP embraces will benefit the middle class.When George Bush was president, we had 8 years of tax cuts, and underregulation, ( not overregulation) for the "job creators" that created no jobs, shrunk the incomes of the middle class,and created the mess that we are still trying to get out of today.Establishment Republicans are still looking for the acceptable candidate at this late date, but even with all but 1 of the current field sounding not ready for prime time because of ranting about Sharia law in the U.S.. , "re-education camps", secession,,, and on ...and on..and on; the biggest problem that they have is the message, not the messenger..It all sounds like a recipe for the same bad stew, and that would be a disaster.

    August 23, 2011 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  25. Dick Hertz

    Maybe Pelipe Calderon will need a "yes man" when we vote Obama out next November?

    August 23, 2011 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
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