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. enough of lies

    Americans, prepare to arm and defend yourselves, this mad man wannabe dictator obama will enact HR 645 soon and start FEMA POW camps in America for his so called enemies. The rino repubs and dems are set to enact martial law and make obama the alll mighty in charge. This group needs to be stopped and it needs to be stopped in 2012, but dont be surprised if they pull something very soon where they enact martial law, stop all elections and jail all the tea party movement, people arm yourselves for your protection. A great man once said "If You Want Peace Then Prepare For War." This wanna be dictator wants your money, your land and your life, dont let them have it.

    August 23, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  2. madison

    Polls just crack me up they say they take a random amout of calls throughout the country from voters who own freaking land lines, who even owns land lines anymore??????? If you want a fair unbias group of voters try using better uses of today's technology. What a joke! OBAMA all the way, this guy has more class and intelligence than the whole GOP lineup of so called presidential hopefuls. GOP is the party of NO, they will continue to destroy this country just to spite OBAMA and do whatever it takes to get one the GOP clowns in the white house. My votes goes for OBAMA 2012

    August 23, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  3. on the path

    woohoo! Revolution to reclaim America, part 2 has begun. We may even get the Senate as a beni.

    August 23, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. on the path

    wahoo! The re-volution to reclaim America has begun. We may even get the Senate as a beni.

    August 23, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  5. Roger

    Our country now labeled a food stamp nation and will get worse if the Republicans control the Presidency and the House. Shameful right wing Corporate hugging entity determined to crush our middle class. From industrial revolution to flipping burgers in a Texas McDonalds. Shame on our government and Corporate America scum.

    August 23, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. betterdays

    What a lot of people seem to keep forgetting is that there are millions and millions of plain Republicans who are not Tea Partiers, not right-wing extremists, not religious extremists. We're just living our lives, being productive, taking personal responsibility, doing our small part to keep our country from accelerating the trip down the toilet it has been on since about 1963. You keep forgetting about us because we generallly mind our own business, and then you are shocked when we turn out to the polls while Democrats finds something more important to do.

    August 23, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  7. patNY

    I'm voting OBAMA all the way because I don't want my TAXES to raise and SS and Medicare eliminated and the environment raped by the Repubilcan candidates!

    August 23, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  8. Jim

    As a reformed republican, I am pleased with these poll results.

    1. Conservatives boast that their dog could beat Obama. So, these republican candidates are no worse than a republican dog.

    2. The campaign hasn't really started, so a lot of the craziness of the republicans has yet be be revealed. Once the republican candidates hit the road, and people see how extreme they are, I predict they appeal will drop.

    3. If the best the republican candidates can do is tie a sitting president when employment is high, and the economy is low, the public doesn't see them as doing any better.

    It's early, and anything can happen, but these results are actually encouraging for Obama if you think about them.

    August 23, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  9. Andrew

    DIANA
    "Who are they polling?! Even the Republican's don't like the list they have. I don't believe he's only four points ahead of Bachmann. Can you imagine if she won? Or even Perry – this country would go so far back into the dark ages we'd think the sun stopped shining."

    Do you mean the dark ages of job creation and smaller govt.? God forbid.

    August 23, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  10. coy4one

    The difference between Obama and Perry is that Obama will tell you the truth, even if it is bad news. Perry will always tell you the good news, then later you find out he lied. I know, I've been putting up with this for 10 years here in Texas.

    August 23, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. sector7

    Brief Overview of Congressman Paul’s Record:

    He has never voted to raise taxes.
    He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
    He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
    He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
    He has never taken a government-paid junket.
    He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.

    He voted against the Patriot Act.
    He voted against regulating the Internet.
    He voted against the Iraq war.

    He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
    He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

    Congressman Paul introduces numerous pieces of substantive legislation each year, probably more than any single member of Congress.

    August 23, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  12. Obama_IS_A_Communist

    Marcia Greenwood, IN thinks Obama is intelligent. Well I guess a slug looks up to a snail.

    August 23, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  13. bb

    Do I believe this poll? Absolutely not.

    Gallup, who are you calling on land lines during summer vacation anyway?

    August 23, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  14. Jim

    Response to Pa Mom
    You write that the mistake in electing Obama was that he had "NO experience or credentials to make him a viable leader of the free world."

    First, no American president has ever left office and later returned for another term. So no one ever has experience as the leader of the free world. People will disagree on what qualifications are required, but I do not agree that running a business necessarily qualifiies a pre-presidential training. Gordon Gecko would not make a good president.

    However, even if true, by the end of his term, he will have 4 years of experience as the actual leader of the free world. Which republican candidates has more experience than that?

    If you're on an airplane that is in trouble, do you want the guy who's flown that plane in that kind of trouble, or do you want the new guy right out of flight school?

    August 23, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  15. Canuck

    President Obama may have his faults but he's head and shoulders above any of the GOP freak show.

    August 23, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  16. Ed

    As a republican I cannot vote for any of the candidates. If there is no compromise in the Republican party then I'm checking out! Politics is all about compromise.

    August 23, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  17. pc

    never a republican!
    OBAMA 2012

    August 23, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  18. Larry L

    I see conservatives making comments about President Obama's "failures". From day one the Republicans have worked to block any progress in America, choosing to discredit the President rather than help Americans. This is best seen in the Senate, where Republicans filibustered constantly rather than bring anything to a vote. They even blocked their own legislation! They blocked every appointment, even those individuals with no slant away from their narrow social agenda. It's very tough for any team to win when half of the players refuse to play – just to make the quarterback look bad. Republicans have committed political terrorism, and will pay at the polls in 2012. I know I'm now energized to spend my time and money to defeat anybody associated with the Tea Party – the American Taliban.

    August 23, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  19. Evie

    The poll is suspect to say the least. Think of the demographics that would not be voting Republican: women, gays, minorities, students, veterans, seniors were furious with the Republicans after they kept vowing to cut their social security and medicare, people sick of the tea party (which IS the GOP), etc.

    Something is seriously wrong with this poll. Especially when you consider the top 4 candidates in the GOP field.

    August 23, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  20. FIELD1stSGT

    I can't believe you people that you would want to take the money gained by the rich and spread it amongst the poor. After you have done that what have you got? Will you have a better world? One that you didn't have the satisfaction of working for? Are you so used to getting handouts that you wouldn't be humiliated from taken money from one who has earned it? In fact how would you propose to spread this money around once taken from the rich? Would you have a job to earn it? Keeping in mind now that the rich is broke there are no jobs. Will this make you work harder? How long will your share last you? Onece it is gone what kind of government would we be left with that would allow this to happen? A dictatorship or Communism? Then again only one or a certain few would gain all the money. At least under the rule of democracy you have a chance to rise above. So don't let these idiots to convince you it is the Republicans or the handfull of Tea Party people who are keeping you down. IT IS YOURSELF.

    August 23, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  21. Sue

    The polls results are making it clear.....The majority are going to be voting "ANYONE BUT OBAMA" in 2012!!

    Obama is one and done!! Republicans and Independents would walk on hot coals and broken glass to get to the polls in 2012. The Dems will have to promise free birth control, foodstamps, and I-pods to get their supporters to the polls.

    Obama, Pelosi, Frank, Waters, etc. have turned the Democratic Party into the welfare and foodstamp Party. JFK is rolling over in his grave for what these communists/socialists have done to the Democratic Party.

    And, just wait until all of the information about Obama's amnesty for millions of illegals begins to hit the news in September. Millions of US citizens without jobs--and Obama wants to give millions of illegals amnesty, work permits, and Tax IDs. Obama has a jobs plan for illegals, but not US citizens...hahahahahahahaha

    August 23, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  22. AS

    As much as I detest Obama, the GOP field is VERY weak. Romney is ok, at best. Michelle Bachman and/or Perry are not electable.

    August 23, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  23. FactCheck

    Brief Overview of Congressman Paul’s Record.
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    While I don't agree with 95% of Ron Paul's policies, it's refreshing to see an opposition candidate who actually has policies. Both Paul and Huntsman are the only candidates who have put actual plans on the table. Too bad that neither has a real shot at winning the primaries because the last time we haven't had an intelligent debate during the elections since 1996.

    August 23, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  24. Independent Texan

    You new supporters of smooth talking Rick Perry-- "Beware" . He`s a wolf in sheep`s clothing and will divide this country as never imagined possible.

    August 23, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "If this imposter "

    Sigh...just can't get go of the fabricated birth certificate issue, huh?

    Why don't you start reporting on more substance about the GOP candidates' policy positions, CNN? Oh...right...it would ruin them and you couldn't report a horse race.

    Check Perry's book. His tax and SS positions would ruin us completely...that's math, not opinion. But do we hear about it? No. Next up...he-said-she-said and oooh, look, shiny thing. Story at 11.

    August 23, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
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