Poll: Motivation gap between Obama and Romney supporters
July 10th, 2012
08:02 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Motivation gap between Obama and Romney supporters

Washington (CNN) – It's dead even in a new national poll in the race for the White House.

And the survey also indicates that there's a major difference in motivation between supporters of President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

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According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday morning, 47% of registered voters nationwide say if the November election were held today, they would vote for the president, with an equal amount saying they would cast a ballot for Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee.

The ABC News/Washington Post survey is the latest in a string of national polls released over the past two weeks to indicate the battle for the presidency either tied up or with only a slight edge for Obama.

While the horserace is all knotted up, there's a wide gap when it comes to motivation. Three-quarters of Obama supporters say their vote is for him, with just 23% saying they're voting against Romney. Only 37% of Romney supporters say their vote is for their candidate, with nearly six in ten saying their vote is against Obama. There was a similar trend in President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election victory over Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the Democratic nominee.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted July 5-8, with 1,003 adults nationwide, including 855 registered voters, questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error for registered voters is plus or minus four percentage points.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    OBAMA12. Period.

    July 10, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  2. Wake up people

    We all know the motivation behind voting for Robmey over President Obama, but no one has the stones to admit it.

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 10, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  3. AF

    Why Romney invests in foreign countries. Because he does not want to pay tax but wants tax cut

    July 10, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  4. American

    Unfortunately without specific plans, Romney does not inspire.

    President Obama has real ideas & fights hard for Americans. Cannot wait to vote for him in November.

    July 10, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  5. independent

    Democrats and Independents like me are super motivated to vote this year. We see exactly what would happen if the Right Wing takes over the country again. Trampled civil rights, unjust wars, despoiled environment are just a few of the things we got under Bush, and he is now considered too moderate by today's Republicans. We cannot afford to let the Republicans in office again.

    July 10, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  6. HenryMiller

    Romney isn't exciting, but he's infinitely better than four more years of continued disaster.

    July 10, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  7. Econosquire

    Sounds about right...

    July 10, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  8. paul

    I find it disturbing that people out there think that Romney will do anything to help the middle class, people better wake up because if he gets elected, you and I will be neighbors under a freeway in a cardboard box. Wake up, he cares nothing about the middle class and doesnt even try to hide it. But ther are naysayers and they dont believe, we will experience what Bush gave us if Romney is elected. The president has not had a chance to clean up Bushes mess, it takes more than one term, we got here in eight, but you want a miracle in four. Do the math. OBAMA/BIDEN in 2012

    July 10, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Cdwag

    Mitt must tell America in understandable language how he will restore America to what made it the envy of the world. Americans don't like the idea of being one of many nations as Obama wants us to be. America is the city on the hill. The hope of world. The leader of the world. Leaders lead. Mitt must lead so America can lead once again.

    July 10, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. Bootstomper

    Romney is a Bore.

    July 10, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. Michael B.

    I'll tell you what, if there are people voting for Obama because they don't like Romney, they're probably not actually going to vote. But tons more will vote Romney because of Obama's failed policies.

    July 10, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. Mike in SA

    Using the New York Times registered to likely voter adjustment swinging towards Republicans this 47%-47% tie of registered voters polled actually means that in reality Romney is ahead by 4 points.

    July 10, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. Kate

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 10, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. Dean

    I would find it very difficult to cast my vote for the worst president in U.S. history.

    July 10, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Expat American

    I support President Obama. Romney does not speak for me.

    July 10, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. milan milenkovic

    I have NO doubt that Pr. Obama will be re-elected. But, this election, to me, is NOT about who will collect more money ( probable both candidates will collect around $ 750 million or so)… My support to Pr. Obama re-election is my investment- what kind of future I want for this Country: I am fighting for strong middle class, health care reform, investment for clean energy… better education/ infrastructures / transportation…, the best innovation in the world , investment in R&D… to eliminate $ 15,6 trillion of US national debt ! My the biggest concerns right now are: unemployment, dysfunctional Congress , US economy and houses market depression…

    July 10, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Pedro Penduko

    Big difference between this time around compared to Bush's time with Kerry, and a whole lot of people will deny this till the day they die, is that RACE is a big reason for the motivation to vote against Obama. The idea of someone "lesser" than they are is something that eats up at the very core of these people (deny it or not). There will always be a reason for them not to like him or recognize that he is in it for the good of the country, and not to watch out for his 'welfare' people. Its a sad reality. Yes America, deny it all you want, Racism is alive and well in this country.

    July 10, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. Alan

    Clearly, the half favoring Romney are either extremely wealthy or extremely stupid. I mean, how can you vote for the same party that was in charge when the economy collapsed/ It will take a decade to fix, and neither Romney nor Obama has much to do with it. How can anyone want more of the same failed policies, same trickle down nonsense that everyone knows doesn't work. If lower taxes creates jobs, we each should have two because are at their lowest since 1928 (with the exception of 2 years under Reagan: whom I voted for!).....WAKE UP PEOPLE

    July 10, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. Mike

    Its a no brainer why Dems should be more excited. Do we really want to go back to the same policies that put our country in a recession? I dont think so.

    July 10, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. IO

    I think we all know that this is not a close race at all. The media only wants it to appear that way so people don't lose their faith in democracy and so the campaigns will spend hundreds of millions of dollars attacking each other in ads, all money which gets funneled right back to the media.

    July 10, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. andrew.peter

    There was a similar trend in 2004? In which way? Romney = Bush, or Romney=Kerry. Just details no one cares to know I guess. Journalism at its finest!

    July 10, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Romney2012

    LOL I can tell you as an independent I am extremely motivated to correct my mistake of 2008.
    They are not polling the correct people.

    July 10, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. Mario - OHIO

    Of course Dems and many independents feel more confident, and with reason.
    True, the labor market is still weak, but perhaps the 8% unemployment rate will last for another year. Let's remember that the causes of unemployment are not seasonal but structural.

    July 10, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. wm Scot

    If the democrats want to win they need not only to get the president elected but take back the house and add to the senate ! This is the most important election in my 64 years ! This will determine the direction of our country for decades ! THEY BETTER GET MOTIVATED !

    July 10, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. Debby

    Hey it all comes down to the privacy of the voting booth.

    July 10, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |