Poll: Dead heat for Obama and GOP candidates
August 22nd, 2011
05:47 PM ET
7 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. BlackDynamite

    I would consider voting for Ron Paul. No other GOP need apply.

    August 23, 2011 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  2. Palin Power

    These polls will be totally different when Sarah Palin announces her candidacy. She will completely dominate over Obozo and the rest of the GOP competition. Palin will be our next President for 8 years and she will have stellar poll ratings, higher than every President before her.

    August 23, 2011 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  3. Marry

    It is not only the question about the candidates. It is also the question about the parties. The GOP/TP has just become a very incoherent and very ineffective force when you lock for results that would influence the country positive. They have been very effective to block all progress and have thrown mud and wrenches wherever they could!
    But, it would be a big mistake to “underestimate" the GOP/TP. We've made that mistake before. They are serious threats to our democracy as is the tea bag party. But they are not dumb. They need to be fought with reasoned arguments; name calling will not help us a bit. Show the voters where they are wrong and these candidates will be defeated, keep calling them names and we will not like the outcome.

    August 23, 2011 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  4. The Prince of Common Cents

    Who the hell are they polling?!? Nobody's called my phone-and if they did it would be OBAMA by a landslide!

    August 23, 2011 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  5. FalseLeftRightParadigm

    Ron Paul THE MAN

    August 23, 2011 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  6. Julio Lawnmowato

    Well, no need to have the elections now that we know!

    August 23, 2011 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  7. joe smith

    if the media gurus gave as much air time to Ron Paul, as they have done with the others, Ron Paul would be up 10%.. no doubt..

    August 23, 2011 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  8. DA

    Whew, I guess Gallup is desperately, trying to get the Republican to back one candidate, so that the Republicans can start rallying behind someone that party thinks can stand a chance against the President. LOL!! OH where is the media hound SP? I guess she will continue to fake out folks, so she can milk her current stint for all it is worth. I mean let's face it, if SP does not get into the race what will she really have left to do? LOL

    August 23, 2011 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  9. JP

    Rick Perry is nothing more than George Bush on steroids.

    August 23, 2011 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  10. FM

    Dead heat? Really? While polling 879 people only from approx. 150 million eligible to vote!! What kind of ration is this one??
    Keep on your pull down work Gallup, but people are clever enough to know what is the reality.

    August 23, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Tied with Bachmann too??? Looks like 2012 is going to be ABO – Anybody But Obama.

    August 23, 2011 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  12. Smarterchild

    Since when? Everyone has been reporting that Obama should be able to beat any of the current candidates. Just this one poll says otherwise?

    August 23, 2011 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Polls are nice aren't they?
    But this one is a joke!

    August 23, 2011 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  14. FedUp

    Getting interesting, isn't it?

    August 23, 2011 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  15. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    I can't believe we would go from an intelligent man who has the respect of the world to a Republican boob. The Only intelligent Republican is Huntsman who will never win the Republican nomination as he is the only sane one running. I wouold only trust Romney as far as I could throw his new mega mansion because too much is not enough-a poor man's Kennedy wanna be and a Mormon-and the women-Ha fat chance and Bush light-insane the lot of them.

    August 23, 2011 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  16. JoeBG

    Most sane people realize that we are still in the primaries so polls, which usually don't mean much, mean even less. It's just history, people. Clinton was the long shot candidate when he ran and look how that turned out. People laughed at Reagan when he wanted to run. Give it some time.

    August 23, 2011 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  17. Tony T

    DEAD HEAT???? OB is trailing already and the GOP hasn't even picked someone yet. Whoever it is will simply use OB's own record against him, slam dunk win!!!

    August 23, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  18. Terry

    The problem with polls and pollsters, they never talk to all of the voters. Using the same one or two thousand people, they always get the same one or two thousand answers. Folks with gray hair rarely talk to pollsters, but if they did, they would be using words that cannot be found in a poll. Folks who are poor and out of work will have a voice in November 2012.

    August 23, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  19. Inrealityhere

    It doesn't matter who wins. If this country doesn't turn back to the God it once revered we will continue the downward spiral. He is the only one who can turn things around. Separation of church and state? Of course. You can't force people to believe; it's up to each person, individually, to make that decision.

    August 23, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  20. Pa mom

    "Intelligent, world respected"? what world do you people live? People here are saying Obama was dealt a bad hand from the beginning then please consider what George Bush was dealt with 9/11 and stop making excuses. Obama has had 2 years and never presented a good economic plan. He is indecisive. It takes him way too long to make a decision or take a stand on an issue.The only reason for the shape of our country is that people elected a man with NO experience or credentials to make him a viable leader of the free world. No one would be hired as CEO of a large corporation with this mans resume. Wake up dems and start voting for experience and records. Obama had neither and look where we are..

    August 23, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  21. Randy

    Partisan politics and a corrupt two party system is incapable of producing an honest politician let alone a competent leader.
    The entire field of candidates are paid actors by the super rich in this country that don't trust democracy.

    August 23, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Republicans elect and attract the not so smart said this to Democrat class Warfare (among other things):

    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.
    BRAVO! BRAVO! To your entire post. Long overdue and well-deserved.

    August 23, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  23. EffortPA

    We really need Sarah Palin! Sarah is the only candidate capable of uniting the left with about 70% of the right. The race is getting too close and you could make all the difference. Please Sarah run, the country needs you, we need you!

    August 23, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  24. EffortPA

    I believe Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin are about the best thing it could have happened to our country. Sometimes, I disagree with what Obama is doing, sometimes I don't think he is being a good leader, sometimes I think he could do more, but then I hear what Michele or Sarah would do and it reminds me that regardless of how bad things are right now, they could be much, much worse. That contrast would not be nearly as pronounced without them around. Michele, Sarah, please continue doing what you are doing, it really helps to keep everything in perspective.

    August 23, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  25. Obama_IS_A_Communist

    I have not voted for a Major party Candidate, including McCain, since Regans 1st term. If the GOP nominates any of the following I will vote for them. Ron Paul, Bachmann, Cain, Santoris, Gingrich. I will not stand by and allow Obama to destroy this country and its middle class.

    August 23, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
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