Poll: Big drop for Obama since May
July 28th, 2011
03:34 PM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Big drop for Obama since May

Washington (CNN) – President Obama's lead over a generic Republican candidate in the 2012 presidential race dipped recently, according to a new national survey.

The Pew poll released Thursday showed 41 percent of registered voters would like to see Obama re-elected while 40 percent said they would prefer a Republican to win the White House. The new numbers are significantly closer than the 11-point lead the president held in May.

Obama received a drop in support among independent voters, 40 percent of whom said they would back Obama, compared to the 42 percent he received in May.

An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll earlier in the month found similar results with 42 percent of voters supporting Obama in 2012 and 39 percent backing a Republican.

In the third national survey, Mitt Romney led the pack of GOP hopefuls with undeclared candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry coming in second. The former Massachusetts governor received 21 percent support followed by Perry with 12 percent and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, another undeclared candidate, with 11 percent. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota received 11 percent and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas garnered nine percent.

A recent Gallup survey and CNN/ORC International Poll showed similar breakdowns among the Republican candidates.

The Pew poll surveyed 1,501 adults and 1,205 registered voters from July 20 through July 24 with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Alan

    The only way Obama can keep his job come November 2012 is to:
    1. Can Biden and pick up Hillary Clinton as VP and Bill Clinton as Secretary of State
    2. 1 above
    3. 1 above

    Hint – if the Democrats and CNN are not willing to admit their mistake of running their version of G.W (On the Job Training) Bush in 2008, then helping Hillary pay off her remaining debts and picking up that last President who provided this country a surplus and knew how to deal with a right wing Republican Speaker of the House is his only way of keeping his job.


    Run Hillary and Bill Clinton as the 2012 Democratic Pres and VP team with Al Gore Secretary of state, and Obama can be the education secretary since that's his forte'

    Please do not force a diehard Regan Democrat to vote for one of those LOONEY Republican candidates.

    The 2000 elections and the crooked Supreme Court taught this country an important Civics lesson. When a Republican candidate hires an immoral and unethical campaign manager in Karl Rove who gets 20,000 votes thrown out, turns the election into a media (no thanks CNN or FOX) joke then pays off Justice Scalia..to make 577 Floridians the focus of the 8 yr disaster of Bush Jr, 2 phoney wars, and our 14 trillion dollar debt.....

    We need the last team in the Whitehouse that instilled PRIDE, PURPOSE and a SURPLUS in this country – the Clinton's! back in the place they belong.

    While Obama is no Mr. Peanut, at least Jimmy Carter as a statesmen was able to run an organized ship, albeit during a 22% interest rate time..he was forced to pay off the debts Regan accumulated but in that time, millions and millions of jobs were created at a decent wage and the tax breaks and the way they were administered didn't choke this country to this point of tea baggers and default

    July 28, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. logic in LA

    Yes, and once this debt ceiling nonsense is over, he will bounce up some again. who pays for these polls anyway?

    July 28, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Jack Be Humble

    I would like to see the President more involved, more Presidential. It would be unfortunate if the Republican Party put up "A can of peas" against Mr. Obama in 2012... and the Peas won.

    July 28, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |

    Poll shmoll. No one called me.

    July 28, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. Movie Guy

    Still more popular than Sarah Palin whose movie, "Undefeated" - has been defeated - with only $101,000 in ticket sales with it's MILION DOLLAR budget.

    Sounds like this puppy is headed for the $5 bin at Walmart

    July 28, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. Skokie

    I expect nothing less some people love poverty.

    July 28, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    The election cycle is still early. Unhappy liberals, moderates, and independents will return to the fold and vote for Obama when they see what the GOP/Tea Party has to offer.

    July 28, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Mr. Moderate

    Of course when you put him up against the actual candidates, it tells a completely different story.

    July 28, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. L4Legend

    The 40% that doesn't favor the President's re-election must be millionaires. That's a JOKE!!

    July 28, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. frank in valparaiso

    The GOP have nobody who knows how to govern. They're not that bright either. Look at how many believe in evolution. That's a basic tenet of science. They all want tax cuts for the rich. For 30 years that has done nothing to generate jobs, it has only shipped US money overseas.

    July 28, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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