Poll: Voters divided between Obama and a Republican
February 16th, 2011
08:29 PM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Voters divided between Obama and a Republican

(CNN) - Registered voters are split over who they will support in the next presidential election, according to a new poll. The Gallup survey released Wednesday showed 45 percent of registered voters would support President Obama and 45 percent would support a no-name Republican candidate in a hypothetical 2012 match-up.

Four percent said they would support a different candidate and six percent had no opinion. But the new figures show little change from the same survey taken in February 2010 when President Obama received support from 44 percent of registered voters and the Republican candidate received 42 percent.

Independent voters were also split on who to support. Forty-one percent said they would back Obama and 41 percent said they would back a Republican candidate. Eighteen percent would support a different candidate or were unsure.

A CNN/Opinion Research poll taken in January showed 48 percent of those surveyed would definitely or probably vote for Obama in 2012 and 51 percent would definitely or probably not. Forty-six percent of those surveyed thought Obama would win re-election in 2012, compared with the 51 percent that did not.

Gallup surveyed 1,015 adults between February 2 and February 5. The poll's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Polls • President Obama • Republicans
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    This doesn't surprise me. Republicans are willing to vote for some invisible person, who they have no idea what they will say or do, instead of a man who has actually done things for the middle class. There is NO ONE in the republican field of candidates who should even be considered. If it weren't for the fact that all of us in this Country would suffer, I would say give them Sarah Palin, just so they would see what partisan politics get you. You would think after the mess of the Bush administration, republicans would think twice about electing the lesser of 2 evils, but that would be assuming republicans think twice.

    February 17, 2011 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  2. willie floyd

    I wonder if these figures will remain over an extended period when Reps. see that their leaders are nailing middle class citizens to the wall. Long live corporate America! ha ha!

    February 17, 2011 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  3. ysidero

    When the Republicans actually put forward their candidate, warts and all, there will be a valid comparison with the President. Until then, its Obama vs *Some Republican Golden Boy* and of course that means little.

    February 17, 2011 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  4. Name king

    Obama need to keep focus on getting our economy growing and keep creating jobs and don't let the repugs antics set him up for failure, the repugs only have power trip up the president. First of all before the election they acted like job was their number one priority and their was going to be amaghedon if this wasn't done, now they've taken the house , they put jobs at their third and fourth priority. Health care which if repeal will cause add quarter of a trillion dollar on the feral debt. Now they are going after cutting money from middle class and poor as they just gave the rich three quarter of a trillion tax cut dollars. They want to cut us back into a recession as they take demand money from the middle class and poor, we can cut waste and money that wont put a pressure on our demand money, but we've got to do it carefully, if we do it irresponsibly we may cause a bigger recession only this time we don't have the fund to bail out this time.

    February 17, 2011 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  5. MARTY

    Sounds like obama is going down.

    February 17, 2011 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  6. Mollygonz

    All I can say is that the American people have short memories..

    February 17, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
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