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. Jane

    this president never gets any credit for making the right choices, like with Bin laden and now with Libya, if he had listened to some gops like McCain and Graham we would be in there with troops getting killed. But the president used his brain and went for the best option for america. limited involvement and shared with Nato. and it looks like a great success in getting rid of Khaddafi. I say good job mr. president. and it cost what it costs FOR one day in tHE Bush's wars. Jane

    August 23, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. Steve

    Although I haven't fully agreed with what President Obama has done in all instances, he still is a much better choice then the GOP. How short are our memories if we have already forgotten about the 8 years of treachery created by Bush Jr? I don't believe this country could survive another 4 years of the GOP platform.

    August 23, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    As soon as the flavor of the month is exposed for the weak fool he/she is, the polls will settle down and Obama will climb back up again. Perry is the constitutionally weak governor of a state that ranks first in generation of min-wage jobs. The jobs they are giving to people, the ones that actually pay a good salary, are being given to people who transfer there from outside the state. He use 17 Billion dollars of stim money to balance a budget that was out of whack, and he wanted to force people off their land so he could build a state highway using a Spanish company. As long as Perry, Bachman, et all, keep babbling and lose independents by the truckload, Obama will win. Romney is the panderer/ flip-flopper-in-chief, he will look like a piece of swiss cheese after the Dems are done with him, even if he makes it to the general election. Which piece of simple historical /economic trivia will Bachmann butcher next?

    August 23, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Jane

    Obamas claims the fact is he would've closed gitmo had he had the votes but the gops fought it all the way. the economy was worse then than now, losing 700 thousand jobs the first mo. in office. you forget all the promises he made and kept. He cut payroll taxes thru the stimulous, increased pell grants, passed healthcare reform, and gave the veterans admin. more money than they had in 30 yrs. passed the lettbetter act, ended DADT, passed the Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill, He has passed oodles of legislatiion, on and on. Jane.

    August 23, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. Louie

    Obama will win. He will pull the growing minority vote and THAT is what keeps the entire GOP leadership wide awake at night.

    August 23, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    I'm in 100% agreement with Rep. Maxine Waters when she says the Tea Party can "go to hell." I haven't seen a jobs plan come out of the House for 8 months now. What's up with that? I must ask that infamous question/quote that Bonehead Boehner was bellowing all last year: "THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW, WHERE ARE THE JOBS?"

    August 23, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Jane

    theres a site online that lists all the promises The President made during the campaign and the ones he kept and the ones he has not and the ones still in the process, quite interesting, look it up, he's kept lots of promises. Jane

    August 23, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. Dean

    LOL. What a joke. This poll was taken before world event started to unfold...and the President's policy proved to be the right way to do things in Libya. And, before it became public that republicans intend to block the President's extension of the payroll tax – you know, the one that put $1000 in the pockets of the average middle class family--------------His policy of do nothing in Libya.......and got to love liberal thinking, extend the reduction of the payroll tax but don't touch social security benefits. Why don't we just see if China will let us become on of their states if they give us each $2000 a year to spend.

    August 23, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Jane

    If you folks out there want all the entitlements cut to the bone, or ended, soc sec, medicare and medicaid, vote GOP, they have said its their goal, if no one believes what they say, its voters regret. Perry says soc sec is unconstitutional and hes almost up with Obama in the polls, REALLY. Jane

    August 23, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    I'm gonna go out on the limb here in stating that some of you really, really don't like our President very much, do you? WOW.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    August 23, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. JonDie

    I see the media have conveniently forgotton about the grinning Rick Perry's "pray for rain" rally that kicked off his presidential bid. It has rained very little in Texas, in fact, if anything the drought has gotten worse. But the Northeast has gotten and the southeast coast will now get hammered with rain. Maybe God is confused and thinks Rick Perry is from New York City or Charleston, SC.

    August 23, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. Not All Docs Play Golf

    So a segment of society believes in the current GOP field...... that in a society where a significant portion believes in flying saucers, alien abductions, watches reality TV and un-reality Fox news.

    August 23, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. Confedkilla

    Everybody had high "Hope" for former president Jimmy Carter but he ended up being a one term president. Obama may well be on his way out no matter how much hope and promise he can talk about.

    August 23, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. Publius Novus

    In the not-to-distant future, the GOPers will have to stop attacking the Priesident and begin attacking each other and offering up their plans. Their plans are all variations on the same themes–cut corporate taxes to zero, cut individual income taxes, especially for the top brackets, reduce regulations on clean water, clear air, and food and drugs, cut the federal budget, repeal the healthcare law, and repeal the financial services protection law. None of these things is going to create jobs in the short or medium term or even the long term. Cutting taxes will make the deficit worse, while cutting the federal budget will also cut jobs in the short term and medium term as well. Repealing the healthcare law will do nothing to create jobs, nor will repealing the financial services protection law. In short, none of the GOP candidates has anything in the way of a new idea or concept. They simply want to redo the failed Bush policies.

    Obama has made some serious errors, of which the main one was agreeing to extend the Bush tax cuts. But the only reasonable course at this point in time is to stay the course.

    August 23, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. Sniffit

    "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."

    From 2007 through 2010, the TX job situation looked like this:

    Public sector jobs gained = 125,000

    Private sector jobs lost = 178,000

    Net job losses = 53,000

    What Perry is actually "bragging" about is that TX experienced a lower net overall job loss than most states and created more jobs. How did TX do this? Simple: Keynesian economics. Perry took the $25B in Stimulus money Obama gave TX and used it to pay off 97% of the massive budget deficit Perry and the GOP's policies created in TX and to create 125,000 public sector jobs to counterbalance all the private sector jobs TX was losing.

    To the extent you conservative fools want to talk about TX jobs as though they are a good thing, the numbers show that OBAMA AND KEYNESIAN ECONOMICS CREATED TX JOBS RECORD, NOT PERRY.

    August 23, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. ltnet

    I would love to see CNN and MSNBC treat Obama the same way they treat every republican candidate. We would be seeing Obama’s numbers in the single digits. We all need to remember the 57 states…… What if Perry or Palin made that comment?
    I am amazed at the total lack of intelligence coming from the left, I think they truly are modern slaves to their master the US government.

    August 23, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    this president never gets any credit for making the right choices
    ===================================================
    He'll get credit when he makes the right choice. After 3 years, we're STILL waiting for that to happen. At this point it is clear his ideology is interfering with his judgement.

    August 23, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. conoclast

    The coming election will decide who's president, yes. But from the looks of the GOP candidates what it will really be is a referendum on Education in America, and not just higher education; ANY education! Will the bible hold sway over the textbooks? That's what we're about to ask ourselves.

    August 23, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. Positive

    I don't see how anyone can believe Perry or Bachmann are capable of running this country. I guess these are the same people who thought Bush was worthy of electing twice and refuse to admit that was a mistake that destroyed the economy. Now, they're lining up for more of the same – or worse as Bush is actually more capable than either of them. What a sad statement.

    August 23, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. womenfly

    When BO took the oath of office the national debt was $10,626,000,000,0000. In 945 days the debt increased $4,247,000,000,000. That's the fastest increase under any president, EVER.

    Obama is saying yes, we can get control of the national debt. But ominously every time he adds that trillions of dollars in infrastructure repairs are badly needed across the country. And with interest rates so low, according to the thinking on Obama's planet, now is an excellent time to borrow even more money.

    So, it looks like not too long before Americans learn what comes after 1,000 trillions.

    It's quadrillion. But for Bernanke's sake, please don't tell anyone in Washington.

    August 23, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. cigarman

    If YOU Vote Republican, they have already told us what they will do. Get rid of Social Security. Get rid of Medicare. Get rid of Medicade. Get rid of Womens rights. Get rid of Obama Care. Lower all taxes for the Super Rich. Get rid of the pesky Middle Class. Get rid of all unions. Anyone who is not a multi millionare and votes republican, needs to have their head examined.

    August 23, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. retrostar1000

    Obama is here to stay, I assure you. Nobody takes republicans seriously anymore.

    August 23, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. SuperD

    I know CNN caters to Liberals, which as a conservative, I blog here. But the idea that Obama has the support of the general public is really pushing the truth envelope.

    The business sector has already made up it's mind. No jobs or hiring until the uncertainty of the Obama Adm is gone.

    Want a job? Vote Republican

    Want a handout? Food Stamps? Chronic High unemployment? Vote for Obama, he won't let you down.

    August 23, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. Fair is Fair

    "First, no American president has ever left office and later returned for another term. "
    ----
    Grover Cleveland did.

    August 23, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  25. KCRick

    The fact is that no modern president has ever been re-elected with a 7.2% unemployment rate or higher. IF the Rebublicans can present a reasonalbe alternative, Obama is gone – very simple as Bill Clinton said "its the economy stupd?"

    August 23, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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