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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  1. Jo

    This poll either isn't worth it's weight in garbage or America has become home of the mentally comatose.

    August 23, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. david

    Thr fact that some americans are so eager to ae our president fail as a shame. Even when bush was in office i i always believed bd respected our president

    August 23, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. Steve (not the real one)

    Why would anyone not vote for Obama? I mean, he's done everything he promised and campaigned for. Jobs are back, the economy is booming, the wars are ended. Everything is on the right track. Imagine how great four more years of this would be!

    August 23, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Tam

    God help America! The lowest common denominator, the stupids, the dumbs, the C and D students (and proud of it) want to run this country! HEEEEELP!

    August 23, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. Kent Williams

    It troubles me how some individuals simply say "I will NEVER vote for a republican". Writing someone off because of their party is ignorant. What matters is where they stand on issues. I have voted for republicans, democrats, and libertarians in my 9 years of voting. I haven't always been happy with the results, but I vote for the candidate rather than the party.

    August 23, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. Blackman in America

    MEANING=SFlipenW. Im sure most feel there "great-white hope" will win............................but you will have to WAIT n SEE like everyone else.

    August 23, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. maf

    879 registered voters in this poll!! Pathetic!!
    Can't wait for any of these GObP candidates to be given the nod going into 2012!
    Nothing new from the Party of NO. This means the corner they have painted themselves into for the primaries and the election gives them NO platform to campaign on other than "Cut spending". Won't work. Two sides to the deficit equation – spending and REVENUE!

    August 23, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. Thor

    As long as people keep pushing the "Christian" agenda in America, the politics will be centered around religion rather than security of the State. Still wondering about politics that refer to "God". Wondering ...which "God"? Is it the Baptist God? ...Methodist God? Presbyterian God? Catholic God? Bhudist (sp?) God? Oh wait, I know! It's the Puritan God! After all, weren't the Puritans the "First White Americans"? ... no wait... wasn't it the Amish? Oh heck-fire! I just can't remember which "God" it is. I think I like the Puritan and/or the Amish God. "He" requires his women to sit in the black horse-drawn cart with down-cast eyes, following the commandmants of her husband. Oh yeah ... right! I would suggest that perhaps, my point really, is that you ought to be careful of which "god" you ask to follow in these United States Prayers of Allegiance; you might very well find that there is actually not a "Christian" god in the folds of the binding. Abbah? Allah? Sidartha? The burning Shrub? Odin?

    August 23, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. David in Houston

    If these are the best nominees the GOP can come up with, Obama will win in another landslide...

    August 23, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. Natrldiver

    I have to laugh at all the slander thrown around. Honestly people have some dignity and decency to say what you need to say in a constructive manner.

    I am not a party member because I feel the need to think freely and exercise my right to decise who the best candidate is. Right now, Perry looks like he will have what it takes to go against Obama. I know the far left will start throwing their slander jabs nut look at the fact.

    1. Texas can account for consistent job growth in all sectors through a very rough economic situation. Most of the country's job growth has been in Texas. Ok sure it may not be a 100k job, but it is a job that helps pay pills none the less.

    2. With a struggling economy, many states have increased taxes to bring in more revenue. Governor Malloy of Connecticut has been proposing the states largest income tax increase in the history of the state. Texas still does not have a state income tax and though times are tough, they do not have a deficit near that of California, Connecticut and other blue states. Chalk that up to Perry's fiscal conservatism.

    3. Many talk about Perry being from Texas and that we don't need another Texan in DC. I will agree with you there. I don't want any Texan, Californianian, Illinoisian or any other state resident in office. I want an American. Stereotyping and profiling the candidates is very low of the American people and is no better than those who apply racism or throw the race card. We are better than that and should honestly listen to what each candidate has to say.

    Lastly, if we do have some form of recovery over the last six months of the incumbents term, does that mean he has made up for the 40% increase in the deficit, fialed jobs programs and partisan politics are ignored? While the right was submitting plans to resolve the budget he ignored every one and only listened to his party members. How can one lead if they are not willing to work with both parties?

    August 23, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. kakaraka

    We are at it again with these phony and biased polls. I will never ever trust this bs. Any normal and educated person will never vote for these republicans radical wacoos. Not now. Period. Obama 2012.

    August 23, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. Cosmo

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

    Why not a hypothetical head to head with Abe Lincoln or a composite candidate say with the cunning of Dick Nixon and the teflon veneer of Ronny Reagan? Why not a head to head with Vlad the Impaler.? Stop with the stupd stories. it is August 2011 not August 2012.

    August 23, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Malory Archer

    Hmmmm, my comment didn't get posted, but the inane ramblings of reichwing nuts did. I only stated that half of those polled seem to be suffering from Stockholm syndrome, siding with those who put us into this mess against the intelligent guy (who BTW has earned the right to don a flightsuit and stand under a "Mission Accomplished" banner on the deck of an aircraft carrier but is too modest and low key to do so.) who is trying to help them. What's up with that? The reichwing is all about fear, doom & gloom, and apparently half of the polees eat that up

    Do you mean the dark ages of job creation and smaller govt.? God forbid.
    You should really study the issue before you post Andrew. Texass actually lost private sector jobs, but government jobs grew exponentially. pArry is really anti-job and pro-big government.

    August 23, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. Jim

    I really hope we elect some right-wing nutjob as President, so we can watch the country completely fall apart as they espouse more taxes for lower-income folk and less taxes for the wealthy. I mean, that's really worked out, hasn't it?

    August 23, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. phil ryan

    of course it is close!!! The fact is Obama has been pounded by the clown college that is the republican lineup. And the message has been all one way. Obama is a socialist, Obama is a Marxist, Obama wasn't born here, Obama buried Jimmy Hoffa under a freeway in Chicago - hey since we are talking about ridiculous falsehoods, I threw the last one in for fun. Once the battle is joined - and trust me it WILL BE a battle - Obama will slowly take apart whoever is up against him. Perry? The man is a joke. Romney? His position today on subjects will be different tomorrow depending on what his handlers tell him. He should go supervise his McMansion building in California. One thing that Obama needs to stress is it is not enough merely to re-elect him, we have to SWEEP the house and get a large FILIBUSTER-PROOF majority in the Senate. It is laughable to say that Obama's policies haven't worked when you've filibustered just about every idea he's put forward. Let's get rid of the party of No, the party of millionaires and billionaires. Let's get some progressive ideas going. We've done it their way for 30 years and guess what, the only people who have gotten richer are Republican corporate masters and super donors. The middle class has seen their wages either stagnant or lower in real terms than 30 years ago, while millionaires see a 400 percent increase. And deficits almost as a direct result of tax policy weighted heavily towards the super rich.

    August 23, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. patNY

    Stupid is as Stupid does...if this country votes in any one of the Retarded GOP for president then this is by far the stupidist electorate ever!

    August 23, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. ret fire

    people like betty need to be shot for treason. Also look at the heartless trash that so called 1st SGT wrote, poor and out of job americans are that way because its THEIR FAULT??? Folks that an example of the typical heartless sick tea party mind at work. Corps. 1st, profit 2nd, wealthy 3rd, america and workers dead last if at all. Vote republian america and this garbage is what you will get.

    August 23, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    Better to keep the race "even up", than to lose viewership ratings. This is fast becoming the most ridiculous primary in American history. No doubt the Republican candidates are themselves to blame, none of whom seem as interested in America's long term recovery as they are of dancing on podium's, razing and rebuilding their own homes, praying the "heat" away, or any other me, me, me headline grabbing story they can think of.

    August 23, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. AlaskaPalin

    Isn't obama a black cloud over america? Doesn't he care more for abortion (killing of the unborn); homosexuality (DADT) than jobs? With billions and decades spend to prove evolution; to those who support it where is the definite proof and what scienctific advancement has it given to society. Rick Perrys the MAN! The religious, independents, republicans, whites, latinos, and conservatives blacks will bring it home for him.

    August 23, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. Cedar Rapids

    "If this imposter makes another term it will be won just like the first term, ILLEGALLY !!!!!!. I do know that he had the wonderful acorn on the first run, well we know what they did, they paid unregistered voters $10. bucks and they got away with it, also the dead rose up and voted, Mickey mouse voted, a restaurant (yes a restaurant voted) "
    Absolute total nonsense. Total and utter nonsense. None of those voted, not one. The names might have been sent in on forms, because by law they had to send in all the forms, but none of those voted.
    And please do tell us how he got in illegally. I would love to know.

    And for Tea Party Mike. If you think that Obama is doing such a terrible job etc etc, doesn't it tell you a lot about the republican support that even with Obama supposedly doing so badly they are still at best only level with him in the ratings?

    August 23, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  21. Jane

    You gotta be kidding, they must be out for revenge, the gop has lost the hispanic and minority votes, the gay votes, the womens votes, the youth votes ( due to cuts in education). who is left the southern tea party . and with all the talk of doing away with soc sec ( Perry) OR killing the medicare and medicaid ( Ryan), the sr. citizens votes. Wait and see who is left. Jane

    August 23, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. mtta

    America is in free fall. Russia and China are getting stronger by the day. But both Democrats and Republicans are fixated on where our presidential candidates stand on gay marriages and abortion issues. No wonder the country has been under bad leadership for 12 years. Our priorities are all wrong. Even people who are not gay or have no intention of getting an abortion get all fired up about these issues.
    Americans should save their gay and abortion questions for gubernatorial races in individual states because governors are the ones who legislate these matters for their states, not the President.
    Is it too much to ask of the media to avoid such nonsensical questions in their nation-wide televised interviews with candidates? Instead, they can ask the candidates questions on how they are going to handle the country's major problems such as our massive debt, unemployment, soaring healthcare costs, illegal immigration and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Please avoid media sensationalism and ask intelligent questions so that we can make intelligent choices about our candidates.

    August 23, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. Jane

    this president never gets any credit for making the right choices, like with B

    August 23, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. CTran

    Before voting in 2012, do not forget these Obama facts. Fact 1, candidate Obama promised to close Gitmo, he in fact signed Executive Order 13492 in Jan 2009 to close it, as of now, it remains open. Fact 2, the promise to release Abu Ghraib pictures did not realize, he backed off after the generals advised against it. Fact 3, Obama wanted to end the war, now the US has more troops at war. Fact 4, candidate Obama boasted the "ABILITY to work across the aisle", an ability that did not exist, and now he blamed congress. Either he lied or too naive to think GOP would work with him.. Fact 5, health care reform was 1990 pages long, the lawmakers who voted for it did not even read everything in that reform. For example, after 2012, homeowners will have to pay a 3.8% sale tax if their profits exceed the allowed set by IRS. Confusing? This can be verified at snopes.com. Why after 2012, because 2012 is election year. Tricky Dicky has a new buddy. Also the provision that requires everyone to buy insurance has been rejected by some states. The Insurance industry backed that reform, banking on an avalanche of new subscribers that will not realize, just like many of Obama promises. Never the saying "easier said than done" has been more true. The above are facts, not wishful thinking, whether one is for or against Obama, they remain facts. At least Obama was telling the truth about "CHANGE", under his presidency, it was a "CHANGE" for the WORSE. Fool me once, shame on you; twice shame on me.

    August 23, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  25. mudlick

    Maxine Waters spews racial hatred about Republicans and this kind of rhetoric will only energize their base and make a lot of those that normally wouldn't vote for any Rep. candidate take a hard look at the racial tactics used by the Dems. and support any Rep. on the ballot except for a racist Liberal.

    August 23, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
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