September 27th, 2010
03:02 PM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Majority may vote against Obama in 2012

(CNN) - A new national poll suggests that a majority of Americans are considering voting against President Barack Obama in 2012, but the survey indicates Obama would come out on top if Sarah Palin is the Republican presidential nominee.

According to Politico/George Washington University Battleground poll, 38 percent of those questioned say Obama deserves reelection as president, with 44 percent saying they will vote to replace Obama, 13 percent saying they will consider voting for someone else, and six percent unsure.

The results of the survey are similar to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey conducted early last month, in which 45 percent of registered voters said they would back Obama for re-election with 50 percent saying they would back the Republican presidential nominee.

According to the Politico poll, if the 2012 presidential election were held today and Palin was the GOP nominee, 42 percent say they would definitely, probably, or maybe vote for the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, with 51 percent saying they would definitely, probably or maybe vote for Obama. Eight percent are undecided.

Fifty-eight percent of those questioned say Palin's actions since stepping down as Alaska governor in the summer of 2008 have made them less likely to vote for her if she runs for president, with 31 percent saying her actions have made them more likely to support her.

The Politico/George Washington University Battleground poll was conducted September 19-22, with 1,000 registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percent.


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soundoff (133 Responses)
  1. Jim

    Trying to predict the 2012 election now is like predicting where a hurricane will hit in 2012. If the voters could remember anything they would not looking to return to endless wars, deficits, tax benefits for the rich and a return to the politics of the Terrry Schiavo case. I know, who was Terry Schiavo? It proves my point.

    September 27, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. GM Harrington

    CNN – appears you've already made up your mind about the 2012 election. Most items I've read on your website are leaning Republican, and trashing the Dems. Stop editorializing already and just report the news.

    September 27, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. BBB

    For me, my vote was not so much for him as against the McCain/Palin ticket.

    September 27, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. kakaraka

    Stupid poll. Obama is doing a terrific job considering the crisis he's dealing with. Good job Mr. President. I don't see any republican do better than him. They will instead go back to the mistaken policies of George Bush and undo the encouraging progress we have seen over the last 2 years. Obama will be reelected in 2012. No doubt about it.

    September 27, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Tom from Canonsburg

    For the most part this shows the ignorance of the American people. They actually think that the damage caused by the Bush admin can be fixed in the past 18 months. Look at where the Dow-Jones and other indicators are in respect towhere they went to at the end of Bush's reign. The GOP has been the party of obstruction and is beating the general public's brains with propaganda. Reminds me of what Hilter did to the German people prior to his takeover of that government.

    September 27, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. carlos

    I thought the posting was about President Obama, why is the alaska hag s picture alongside??????.....cnn whenever you have an article about space trash, that s when you should put her picture, it will be fitting.......

    September 27, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. A Vote for A Republican Is a Vote Against YOU!

    Everyone needs to be aware of the fact that voting for a Republican, to say nothing about a Tea Party candidate, is A Vote Against You! We all know what these people stand for - virtually nothing but draconian, victorian ways of thinking with the added demise of wanting to take away Social Security, Medicare, Human Rights, etc. So for what they are worth, they need not even consider applying for the job, as America needs its benefits especially for those who are retired, on a limited income, and whose golden years depend on these valued services. With Republicans in charge of Congress and the Presidency, we will all be in peril and we would have no one else to blame but our foolish if not stupid vote for Republicans. As for Democrats, like 'em or hate 'em with the way things are going we don't need to return to the do-nothing RepubliCANTS. Democrats are our only Hope for this country.

    September 27, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Jay

    Polls based on unrealistic expectations are worthless. As it stands the Republicans have no one worth voting for. Obama will have my vote for that reason alone.

    September 27, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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