Poll: Romney is Obama's toughest competition
October 13th, 2011
09:21 AM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Romney is Obama's toughest competition

(CNN) - Mitt Romney would fare best among the top tier Republican presidential candidates against President Barack Obama in a 2012, according to a new national survey.

But the TIME Magazine/ABT SRBI poll released Thursday indicated Obama has razor thin three-point advantage over Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, with larger leads over Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, in hypothetical 2012 general election matchups.

When pitted against each other, Obama received 46% to Romney's 43%, a smaller margin than the 12-point lead the president had over Perry and Cain, 50% to 38% and 49% to 37% respectively.

The poll surveyed 1,001 adults between Oct. 9 and Oct. 10, before the most recent GOP presidential debate.

Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama • Rick Perry
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. AlaskaPalin

    It just follows, romney and obama are the same on health care and the social issues so they'll poll just about the same. One will notice that both are stagnated while the others are moving one way or the other.

    October 13, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That's pitiful.
    Obama 2012 for sure then.

    October 13, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  3. WiredweirdinSF

    Of course he does, it is tough for the dope addled minds to admit they were wrong and that the vote the unions gave them the money for resulted in this country having the most corrupt, inept, incompetent president we have ever had. It will take decade to repair the damage he has done to the economy and we may never recover from the class warfare he and the corrupt union thugs have foisted on the weak minds the NEA has created. Look at Occupy Wall Street, these folks don't have a clue and just like the Wisconsin labor distrubance, it will take working, taxpaying people with a sense of personal responsiblity to clean up after them.

    October 13, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    The truth is......Romney's numbers in GOP polls have not risen. That says he does not appeal to the conservatives within the party.

    October 13, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. A True Centrist

    I'm not a huge Romney fan, but it was nice during the debate to see a politician who has a firm grasp of what's happening with our economy today and how we can fix it. We all know the Obama administration has no clue...they just continue to throw out ridiculous ideas and hope something sticks. You look at some in the Republican field...we all know the 9-9-9 plan isn't going to work, Perry hasn't even considered presenting an economic plan. The only other person who looks reasonable from the Republican field is Huntsman.

    I'm still not definitively voting for him but Romney almost has my vote at this point in what has quickly become an "anyone but Obama" election for me.

    October 13, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. ja

    due to the american economy obama should serve the second term without elections, and the wasted campaign funds go toward the national debt

    October 13, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens said that Obama should not loan money to GM and Chrysler in order to save almost 2 million auto related industry jobs. After GM and Chrysler paid off the loan, and are now showing financial stability, Mittens said it was his idea and he is glad Obama followed his advice. When you have a candidate like Mittens, who has taken both sides of every issue, he is not much of a candidate.

    October 13, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. 2607

    bring it on Romney!

    October 13, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Victoria avgam54

    for me its no competition. obama 2012

    October 13, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    For 17 years, Mittens has been rejected by his own republican party. It is hard to believe they will get fired up with him as the candidate.

    October 13, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. Pravaa

    CNN, make up your mind about "razor thin". Couple of days back in a separate poll, Romney was 45% to Obama's 43%. That was mentioned as Romney being "significantly ahead" of Obama. Today, Obama's 46% to 43% for Romney is "razor thin". Stick to one standard.

    October 13, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    My neighbor told me to be careful where I walk because the water moccasins are mating. I said not to worry, it is just the republican candidates for president having debates.

    October 13, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. Al-NY,NY

    Tell us something we don't already know. If the GOP is dumb enough to put anyone else against Obama, it will be a landslide reelection. Perry is fading fast and Cain will be soon as he continues to do the "foot in mouth" show. Who knows whether the Tealiban and the bible thumpers will back a person who had the gall to say he could work with Democrats and doesn't follow the typical theology-based GOP platform

    October 13, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. SaintM

    Romney can't explain his flip-flopping, and he won't win the south. Most of them will stay home rather than vote for someone they just can't stomach due to his religious affiliation. Then the democrats will come out in force and elect President Obama for a second term. No polls needed.

    President Obama 2.0

    October 13, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. The Elephant In The Room

    Mitt Romney is a flip flopper. He doesn`t stand for anything. He doesn`t believe in anything. He believes that he is "special" and that the Presidency is his birthright because his father ran and lost.

    What is with these Republican Father/Son / Family Member political dynasties? They don`t inheriet anything that would make them any better for the office than the 300 million OTHER Americans – so WHY should we reward HIM?

    October 13, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. PK California

    No doubt in my mind. Romney/Cain. Christie would take it, if he ran, but he has to lose weight and hopefully Obama will pull things together during his second term. Then Christie will run.

    October 13, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. gt

    superman or george washington cant run... looks like the G O P will have to do ....with Mitt...

    October 13, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  18. CSR

    Obama/Clinton 2012, a win win win! I predict Clinton will replace Biden; Biden becomes Secretary of State. The Republican congress will bite the dust; civility will return to politics. Multi-national corporations will no longer run our country. America will once again become a role model for the world. Finally we will have a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

    October 13, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. Four and The Door

    Obama's greatest challenge is the baggage of 2 1/2 years and $5 trillion of failed efforts. The debates will clarify for voters who who brings excuses and who brings ideas and leadership to move us forward. Obama never has established his ability for leadership and in fact has become obsessed with politics at the expense of the rest of us outside of Washington DC. Whether he wants it or not, he has ownership for the results of the last 2 1/2 years.

    October 13, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. terry

    Wire Palladin, S. F. great post you are 100% correct about GM and Chrysler and Mitt trying to take credit

    October 13, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. nm1971

    I am going to vote for the President again come election day. He has done has a good job, one cannot blame him for the economy he is trying and i don't understand why the Republicans cannot work together with the president and help us who are struggling right now, all you hear is that they know how to create jobs so how come they don't do that now help the president. OBAMA 2012!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 13, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. JustMe

    If Romney names Cain as his running mate he can forget me voting for him. I refuse to vote for Cain or anyone that names Cain as their running mate (Cain's 999 plan would INCREASE TAXES and RAISE THE DEFICIT among other disastorous effects). I'm not a big fan of Romney's (first choice is actually Huntsman), but I'd prefer him over Cain.

    October 13, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Dj Rhyme

    Let's wait for the silent majority in America.. come 2012.

    October 13, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. Jerry

    With President NObama's record for the last three+ years; en Joe "The Plumber" could probably decimate him. I love it when he crucifies the wealthy to make points with middle/lower income masses. In the meantime he's raking millions for his campaign from those same rich individuals. And somehow, the rich feel obliged (forced?) to contribute.

    No wonder Black elected officials are finding it so difficult to continue their unconditional (taken for granted?) support of this clueless president.

    Most discouraging, at least for me, is the fact that a considerable number of American voters (particularly, low income individuals) continue to drink and savor the president's spiked Kool Aid.

    Oh well, so much for the rich NOT paying their share!!!

    Stay tuned. More NObama shenanigans coming down the pike.

    America stand your ground and be unafraid!!!

    October 13, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. Darrell


    In your dreams....by the way, where you from 2000 to 2008, your description of "the money for resulted in this country having the most corrupt, inept, incompetent president we have ever had. It will take decade to repair the damage he has done to the economy and we may never recover from the class warfare, fits GWB's time in office to the T.

    Remember: Your harvard MBA trained and private businessman President, GWB, took Am. Capitalism to the edge of destruction...and you want to know what, unlike you, I am not describing fiction the way you are, it was the truth...while the rest of experienced this horrible nightmare, you were a sleep.

    Obama-Biden 2012

    October 13, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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