Poll shows an unsatisfied presidential electorate
June 23rd, 2011
10:10 AM ET
11 years ago

Poll shows an unsatisfied presidential electorate

(CNN) - A majority of Americans would consider voting against President Obama in the 2012 election, and of those voters a strong majority wished another candidate would jump in the race, according to a new national poll.

Thirty-six percent of those surveyed in a Bloomberg News Poll out Thursday said they will definitely vote for another candidate in the next election and 27 percent said they would consider another candidate, while 30 percent said they will definitely vote for Obama.

Of those who said they will absolutely vote for or consider a candidate other than Obama, 28 percent were "mostly happy" with the current field, while 58 percent hoped another candidate would throw their hat in the ring.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney topped the "very favorable" or "mostly favorable" list of potential or declared candidates with 37 percent support, followed former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who is still considering a run, with 31 percent and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty with 28 percent. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann received 26 percent followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 25 percent and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who continues to shoot down rumors of a run, with 24 percent. Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain came in at 18 percent, followed lastly by newly declared candidate, former Utah Gov. Jon Hunstman.

However, President Obama's favorable figure topped the Republicans with 54 percent despite his 42 percent unfavorable rating.

The more well known Republican candidates also garnered the highest unfavorable figures. Palin topped the list with 58 percent viewing her mostly or very unfavorably. Gingrich received 51 percent followed by Romney with 31 percent, Bachmann with 25 percent, Pawlenty with 20 percent, Christie with 19 percent, Cain with 15 percent and Huntsman with 14 percent.

The poll indicated that a candidate's infidelity and economic stances could also be deal breakers among potential voters. Seventy-five percent said past marital infidelity would make a candidate less attractive and 67 percent said a vote to raise the debt ceiling would make a candidate less attractive. Sixty percent said supporting a tax increase would leave them with similar feelings as would support of a change in Medicare to a private pay system with government subsidies.

The poll surveyed 1,000 adults nationwide via landline and cell phone from June 17 through June 20 with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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  1. Four and The Door

    Embarrassing that the GOP has stooped this low. They're so obsolete, they are one step away from extinction.
    ...except for the last election where the Democrats got the shellacking. That was just 8 short months ago and the Republicans have been a model for doing exactly those things they said they were going to do if we elected them. Fact is, liberal free spending government has had its run and it has been a flop.

    June 23, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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