Obama improves standing vs '12 rivals
January 14th, 2011
02:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama improves standing vs '12 rivals

Washington (CNN) - A new national poll shows an improvement in how Americans see the direction of the country, and puts President Obama in better standing against potential 2012 rivals.

The McClatchy Newspapers-Marist poll said still just 41 percent of respondents think the country is headed in the right direction, with 47 saying it remains going in the wrong direction. But that compares to a Marist poll in December where 34 percent of Americans said right direction, and 58 said wrong direction

The poll showed President Obama now holding a 51-38 percent lead over Mitt Romney in a hypothetical 2012 match-up. In their December survey, Romney was leading Obama 46-44 percent.

The Marist poll has Obama up 50-38 percent on Mike Huckabee, up from a 47-43 percent lead a month ago. And the survey has Obama ahead by 26 points over Sarah Palin, 56-30 percent. He led Palin by a narrower 52-40 percent margin in the December poll.

The poll indicates Obama leads the potential GOP challengers among independent voters, by 10 points over Romney, 5 over Huckabee, and 28 over Palin.

Marist's survey puts President Obama's approval rating now at 48 percent, up from 42 percent a month ago. 43 percent in this poll disapprove of the president, down from 50 percent in December.

These numbers are from a January 6-10th poll of 1,018 adults, with a 3 percent margin of error for the main numbers. These numbers are before the president's address at the memorial for the Tucson shooting and the controversy over Palin's video comments.

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  1. Sniffit

    Man CNN and the "news" media are DESPERATE to give Jaberwocky Barbie legitimacy. She's consistently polled such that it would require somethign akin to the apocalypse for her to win or even get the GOP nomination and yet whose picture do they choose to juxtapose with Obama's? Ridiculous.

    January 14, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. AZ DEM

    Good numbers for the president but I think its a little naive to take too much from any of these polls tha ONLY question a little over 1000 people although these new numbers look a little more believeable than the numbers from December when Obama was trailing Mitt Romney for Christs sake...

    January 14, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. vic nashville tn

    This poll speaks what is going on past 6 days tea party time over

    January 14, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. Ancient Texan

    Having a conservative, "STOP SPENDING" majority in the House makes a big difference in the percentage of voters that feel the country is finally heading in the right direction.

    January 14, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Andrew0027

    All good news here. The country is slowing getting better and that is nothing but good for Obama and the Dems.

    January 14, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. bob

    Obama really is the good guy.

    January 14, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Get Real

    Who cares about these meaningless polls, we have bigger things to think about right now, like getting our people back to work. Can't we just focus on that?

    January 14, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. American

    Love our president's approach to authentic concern for others and governing for everyone. I used to like Romney, but he no longer seems genuine, trying to run away from his record on health care, choice, etc.

    When compared to other choices, President Obama has earned our family's respect and vote.

    Obama 2012

    January 14, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Hap

    We are turning the ship around but it is not because Obama wanted to make changes. He had to make changes due to Democrats getting thrown out in November. That in turn caused Obama to make significant changes to moderate his cabinet in order to be palatable for re-election. Obama is like a majority of politcians in that he makes decisions based on retaining his position but not necessarly what is best for the country.

    January 14, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    you think this is something just wait until the GOP and Tea Party start to show their real colors. The use of fear, anger and mis-information that helped sweep these candidates into to office is going to backfire very quickly if found that they don't know how to govern and can only try to repeal everything. So far th folks that the GOP are trying to put out there to defeat Obama are NOT very impressive and all seem to have some sort of baggage with them. The GOP biggest alli would be if the economy totally tanks and Obama's approval ratings fall into "Bush/Cheney" territory. Then they might have a chance. I think the old "fear the unknown scary not white guy" thing won't work again either.

    January 14, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. joe bartley

    Americans are starting to realize the alternative to presdent obama is a do nothing repbulican agenda. he s taking this country from the brink of financial collapse to were we are now headed to a sound economy! he made great strides from finacial reform to helping consumers to getting people health reform.

    January 14, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. rusty155

    If the Republican party should do Is get rid of Saran Palin be for they lose all republican voter. She bringing the Republican party down and making the party look BAD.

    January 14, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. geecee

    Hee, hee, hee!! Knew it would turn around at some point. Love it!

    January 14, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Whatever

    OMG not another poll... stop the madness! Whew...

    January 14, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Zach

    Well, I might as well start this off with the obligatory "But nobody asked ME, so this is an invalid poll."

    January 14, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Adalbert

    What arrivals? There in none in the same league. Not even close.

    January 14, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Gaunt

    Even at Obama's polling low, at the lowest popularity point in his entire tenure as President, he was STILL defeating Palin handily by 10 points or more in hypothetical matchups. With his popularity on the rise again, with the economic situation set to improve (which always favors the incumbant) I really REALLY hope the Republicans run Palin in 2012. If they Do, Obama will win 52 states.

    Yes thats right, he will win by so much they will have to create 2 new states just to measure the magnitude of his landlside.

    January 14, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. al in memphis

    Before I make my comment, I'm not pro-anybody. That said, I think it would be nice to poll the level of knowledge that people have about the information they are being polled on. Otherwise, it's just how do you feel about being asked a question. ONe person feels a certain way based on results, and other might based it one effort or what strategy the President is pursuing.
    Then there is the most like scenario where most people just based their opinion on "sound bites" from the news media.

    January 14, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |

    They must have polled idiots. How can anybody in their right mind vote for a loser like Barrack Obama. Sarah Palin for President in 2012 and bring our county and freedoms back to American Principles.

    January 14, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. jen

    Not suprised! May God continue to protect, bless and give you wisdom President Obama – 2012!!

    January 14, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. carrotroot

    I think the Republicans winning back the House was the best thing to happen to Obama, the new reality is forcing the President to show much more leadership than he has in the past. Also people are becoming more optimistic as well.

    January 14, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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