New Hampshire GOP 'cattle call' comes as Obama's numbers drop
April 29th, 2011
11:52 AM ET
11 years ago

New Hampshire GOP 'cattle call' comes as Obama's numbers drop

Washington (CNN) - As five likely Republican presidential candidates head Friday to New Hampshire for the first real cattle call in the state that holds the nation's first primary, a new poll in the Granite state could spell some trouble for the man they want to beat, President Barack Obama.

According to a WMUR/Granite State poll, 52 percent New Hampshire adults say they disapprove of the job the president's doing in the White House, with 44 percent saying they approve of how Obama's handling his duties. The president's approval rating edged down slightly by two points from February, when Obama had a 46 percent approval rating and a 49 percent disapproval rating.

A 14 point drop among independent voters from February to April appears to be behind the overall downward tick for Obama's approval rating.

The survey also indicates the president trailing former Massachusetts Gov. and 2008 GOP White House hopeful Mitt Romney 50 to 43 percent in a hypothetical 2012 general election matchup. According to the poll, Obama leads former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty by seven points in a hypothetical showdown, and he holds a four point margin over former Arkansas Gov. and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, in a possible general election matchup.

Romney and Pawlenty are two of the five probable Republican presidential candidates that are scheduled to attend a summit Friday night in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The Americans for Prosperity forum is being billed as a "Presidential Summit on Spending and Job Creation." Also attending are former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, and former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host Herman Cain. The event will be Romney's first early-state appearance with other potential 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls.

The summit includes a candidate forum, with each of the probable contenders allowed eight minutes of opening remarks, followed by a question and answer session led by AFP president Tim Phillips. The group is a national advocacy organization, which promotes pro-business economic policies and pushes for less government regulations, especially in the oil and gas industry. AFP was a major supporter of GOP candidates in last year's midterm elections.

Prior to the forum is a dinner honoring 2010 Republican Senate candidate Ovide Lamontagne as "Conservative of the Year." The event will feature South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint who is extremely influential among conservative voters.

Lamontagne, a New Hampshire attorney, long time GOP activist, and 1996 Republican gubernatorial nominee, is hosting house parties at his Manchester home with many of the likely White House hopefuls. Lamontagne, who nearly won last year's GOP Senate primary thanks to strong support from Tea Party and other conservative activists, could have a very influential role in Republican presidential primary.

Lamontagne says he hopes to make an endorsement later this year or early next year, following the conclusion of his house parties with the candidates.

He says that Friday night, at this early stage in the race for the nomination, he hopes the likely candidates will lay out "a vision for America that stands in stark contrast to President Obama's vision," and says he wants to hear from these probable contenders "where they would take us as president, to unleash the great promise of country, which I don't think, and many in New Hampshire don't think, is being recognized under this president."

Lamontagne adds that "in the end, I still believe that New Hampshire voters will support the most conservative candidate who can win the White House."

The AFP event is followed Saturday by the "First in the Nation Freedom Forum." Bachmann, Pawlenty, and Santorum are scheduled to speak at that gathering, which is being held at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    After the sucker punch of last fall, more people are realizing the Republicans cannot be trusted, their solutions are deceptive, and their promises are empty.

    April 29, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. diridi

    I was not polled, but I approve his job.....Gas prices are nothing to do with it. Because India and China are using gas, it is going up....we in America need to produce fuel efficient cars at cheaper prices, since America is #1 nation to use cars, OPEC is the one effects, and goes bankrupt...o.k We need green energy, and invest in in.....o.k, Then, Obama rating goes up like crazy....Obama 2012!!!!Amen....

    April 29, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. david

    yeah sure like we can really trust polling done 18 mths before an election...lol....the Republicans are like the first carnival to hit town after a long while there will wear out their welcome soon!!! NH voters are pretty smart too!!! the devil is in the details watch as they begin to shift in droves to the dems once they hear the "details" of the Republican plans...

    April 29, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Aaaaah NH, the northeast's SC.

    April 29, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    It's a cattle call alright - I can smell the knee deep crap around them.

    April 29, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Where are the jobs? Oh, you had to give breaks to the wealthy so they could put it in foreign banks.

    April 29, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. DC Insider

    Look it is really simple, at some point the DNC has to decide do we want to go forward with Obama or do we want to look for someone else who has a stronger polling. I personally stand by my conviction that we should really examine Hillary Clinton as a Presidential Candidate. Obama has had a 1st term full of blunders and prat falls. Some of which were caused by the Republicans, but Independents are getting tired of the Mantra "it was the previous administration's fault" being said over and over.

    Obama should find an exit strategy, make it about your family, make it about your health. There is no shame in saying you don't have the stamina to go on.

    CLINTON '12

    April 29, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Shwa

    Why is this news? It's New Hampshire. It's the one dot of red in a sea of New England blue.

    April 29, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Tony

    Poll numbers do not mean anything to me. Participate in the democratic process and ignore polls and poll numbers Vote for who you believe in and be proud that you participated in choosing who your leaders and happy you are in Syria where you have no choice.

    April 29, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Tony

    Sorry that is "Happy you are not in Syria"

    April 29, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. vic , nashville ,tn

    Too early poll first we have to know who is republican’s nominees

    April 29, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Silly Democrats in their own little dream world refusing to face reality.... Obama is a one termer no matter how much money he raises to try and con the American people. It has become far too obvious the guy is in WAY over his head. He has ZERO leadership capability.

    April 29, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. rusty155

    This Sate have To be Crazy to believe Any Republican no matter who It Is. All they are going to do Is take Everything from the Middle Class ,the Poor and the OLD. If that what you want than you much be Rich. Because all the Republican and the Tea Party Is for Is the RICH AND BIG BUSINESS.

    April 29, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. STEVE RAYMOND

    rudy, NYC

    gitmo, bush tax cuts, end wars, healthcare cspan thing, his chief of staff has ties to wall street, would you agree that Obummers' "solutions are deceptive, and their promises are empty."

    he is just a different side of the same coin.....grow up...........punk

    April 29, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    A 14 point drop among independent voters from February to April appears to be behind the overall downward tick for Obama's approval rating.
    ==============================================================================================
    Hmmm... gas prices sky rocketing, a new war with another muslim country, food prices sky rocketing, refuses to cut spending and reduce the deficit, unemployment still high,... No mystery here. No performance, no support.

    April 29, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. Joel Miller

    This means absolutely nothing when it comes to President Obama's reelection chances. There are so many variables that will effect the process from who the Republicans nominate to how well the economy is doing in the months prior to the election. New Hampshire is historically a fairly conservative state that can swing Democratic from time to time. It is also a very small state with only 4 electoral college votes. So why speculate on this, why not instead report on how Obama and the Congress are going to deal with the country's problems: 3 wars, a slow growth economy, a big deficit, tornado devastation in the South, etc.

    April 29, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. MJ

    It could be said that Democrats are "in it" for all the Entitlements they can get. What is wrong with working hard, paying your bills, providing jobs, and not be a burden on Society? What is wrong with being very concerned over the huge debt this Administration has amassed, the lack of jobs, a Health Insurance Program that is not the will of the majority, a President who prefers to condemn the so-called rich, yet, take every dime he can from them to support his reelection ..

    April 29, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "I personally stand by my conviction that we should really examine Hillary Clinton as a Presidential Candidate."

    I persaonlly stand by my conviction that you're a paid Teatroll trying to play the astroturf game of "oh look at me, I'm a dissatisfied Democrat...I sure hope everyone starts to feel dissatisfied and disgruntled like me and either turns on Obama or just fails toshow up to vote." Leave the PUMA crap at the door please.

    April 29, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. gt

    the republicans and democrats minds are closed...independent voters rule....they will tell who are next president will be...

    April 29, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. david

    DC Insider

    Look it is really simple, at some point the DNC has to decide do we want to go forward with Obama or do we want to look for someone else who has a stronger polling. I personally stand by my conviction that we should really examine Hillary Clinton as a Presidential Candidate. Obama has had a 1st term full of blunders and prat falls. Some of which were caused by the Republicans, but Independents are getting tired of the Mantra "it was the previous administration's fault" being said over and over.

    Obama should find an exit strategy, make it about your family, make it about your health. There is no shame in saying you don't have the stamina to go on.

    CLINTON '12

    ........AWWWW but what if its true....that this mess we are in was over seen by Republicans and that Obama in has created more American jobs in a little over 2 yrs than bush did in 8yrs??? just what if its true that Bush got let a projected Surplus and bushs and cheney once said deficits dont matter? what if its true that bush started two unpaid for wars and social programs he never paid for??? what if! what if! and you wonder why even if Obama may not be perfect but Dems stand strong behind him!!! we tried the Republican way and it failed and GUTTED the middle class....

    April 29, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Didn't Romeney and a crowd do something just like this almost a month ago? Allow me to refresh your memories. Yes, they did and nothing came out of it except for big smiles on their faces. No ideas. No solutions. It was a fund raiser with a fancy name.

    April 29, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. Charlie

    This Lamontagne doesn't know his base well enough I guess... I live in NH and I can tell you honestly that "the most conservative candidate" would *not* be the most successful in a NH election. We're generally split between republicans and democrats, and only a genuine moderate would be able to overcome Obama next November.

    Sniffit- have you even been to NH? Do you think you could give a few more arbitrary comparisons for good measure?

    April 29, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. Shwa

    You have no concept of history, do you? The most prosperous time in American history was from the end of the Great Depression until the '80s. That period came about because of the rise of the middle class, which became prominent because of Democratic reforms. The death of the middle class started with Reagan and trickle down economics.

    If there's a financial reckoning to be had, it's because the Republicans gave our country to the financial elite, no questions asked.

    And I'm dismissing the rest of your opinions, because if you can't even tell who's really picking your pocket, I don't think any of your observations can be trusted.

    "The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Silly Democrats in their own little dream world refusing to face reality.... Obama is a one termer no matter how much money he raises to try and con the American people. It has become far too obvious the guy is in WAY over his head. He has ZERO leadership capability."

    April 29, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans "secret agenda": Get rid of social security, medicare/medicaid, unions, healthcare and all entitlement programs, keep taxes low for big business/rich, raise taxes on the Middle Class and poor, push through Paul Ryan's budget, get legals/illegals out of the country so their jobs picking fruits/vegetables and working in their vineyards are the jobs they have to offer Americans who will now become the indentured servants of the wealthy.

    April 29, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Frankly, I am amazed that 44% of Granite Staters approve of President Obama's handling of his job! As every news outlet in the state is a subsidiary of the New Hampshire State Republican Party, I am highly surprised the President was allowed to poll as high as he did. Back when I live up there, the Manchester Union-Leader pretty much promised to run the names of anyone in the state who had the audacity to vote Democratic in hopes they would be run out of the state to Vermont, Massachusetts or Maine! When I left, they begged me not to go as I reduced the number of Democratic voters in the state to less than a dozen (based on how everyone claimed they voted).

    April 29, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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