Poll: Only 38 Percent Think Obama Deserves Re-Election


obama2The majority of Americans disapprove of President Obama’s performance in office and would considering voting to replace him in 2012, according to a new Politico/George Washington University Battleground Poll.The poll, which sampled 1,000 registered “likely” voters between September 19-22, indicated that only 38 percent of Americans think Mr. Obama deserves re-election, while 44 percent said they planned to vote for someone else and 13 percent said they were considering that option.

While the majority of voters approved of Mr. Obama on a personal level, Americans indicated a deep dissatisfaction with his success in economic recovery and job creation. Forty-nine percent of those surveyed said they thought congressional Republicans would do a better job than Mr. Obama at turning the economy around, and 51 percent thought Republicans would be better at creating jobs. Forty-one percent said they thought Mr. Obama would do a better job with the economy, and 40 percent thought he would more effectively create jobs.

In general, most Americans viewed Mr. Obama’s performance so far unfavorably. Forty-five of the 51 percent of Americans who said they disapproved of the job he has done so far as president said they felt strongly about their disapproval. Forty-six percent of Americans approved of Mr. Obama’s job performance, and 35 percent of those supporters approved strongly.

While positive opinion of the Tea Party Movement was dominant, with 43 percent of voters viewing the movement favorably and 35 percent viewing it unfavorably, the majority of those polled indicated they would probably vote for Mr. Obama over prominent Tea Party politician Sarah Palin if the two were opponents in the 2012 presidential elections.

Forty-five percent said they would “definitely” vote for Mr. Obama in such a match-up, while another six percent said they would either “probably” vote for him or were leaning toward it. Thirty-two percent said they would “definitely” vote for Palin, and 10 percent said they “probably” would or leaned that way.

Additionally, 81 percent of respondents said they relied on cable as a source of political information – and Fox News was a clear favorite among them, with 42 percent of voters relying mainly on the station for election-related news. Thirty percent said they got their information mainly from CNN, and 12 percent from MSNBC.

Along those lines, 38 percent said they thought Fox’s Glenn Beck had a positive impact on American political debate (compared to the 32 percent who thought he had a negative impact), while 55 percent said they had never heard of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

{CBS News/Matzav.com}


  1. once again matzav willfully ignores the reality of obamas poll numbers.

    why would one time in maybe a month matzav publishes a single poll that doesnt take daily polls and publish a headline as though the poll was legitimate even though the historically most accurate polls are all much higher.

    Rasmussen, which is a right wing pollster who always gives the republicans a few percentage points higher in the last several elections has Obama at 50% approval which is the highest they have had him for a year.
    Gallup, the next most accurate has him at 46% and again, they are doing running averages which are more the less the same.

    FOX News has him at 42%
    NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl has him at 46%
    CNN/Opinion Research has him at 42 %
    Reuters/Ipsos has him at 47%
    McClatchy/Marist has him at 45%

    all of the above are higher than Ronald Reagan was 22 months into his term and Reagan won his second terms 57% to 40 % in the popular vote and 48 electoral states.

    The fact is that Obama is almost sure to win – in the 150 years any president for whom 3 or 4 of the following 4 factors are in the incumbents favor on election day:
    factor #1 there is no serious contest for the incumbent nomination in his party
    factor #2 The incumbent party candiate is the sitting president( as opposed to having taken over as president from the president who was actually voted in)
    factor #3 the economy is not in recession during the election campaign
    factor #4 the incumbent administration effects major changes in national policy (Obama – “historically speaking” has achieved this as policy changes are irrelevant to the historical record of wins)
    * This means that even if the economy is in recession in 2012 Obama wins the election
    This information is from Allan Lichtman who graduated from Stuyvesant High School, received his B.A. degree from Brandeis University in History as he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University as a Graduate Prize Fellow in 1973, who wrote a book on the subject with world math authority Volodia Keilis Borok.