Majority of Americans Don't Want Obama Re-elected

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A new poll finds that more than half of Americans don’t want Obama reelected.
The Associated Press reports, Dec. 16, 2011 that a representative (i.e., the results are generalizable to the larger U.S. population) AP-GfK Poll was conducted December 8-12 2011 by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications. It involved landline and cell phone interviews with 1,000 adults nationwide and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
The AP summarizes the results of the poll as “Heading into his re-election campaign, the president faces a conflicted public that does not support his steering of the economy, the most dominant issue for Americans, or his reforms to health care, one of his signature accomplishments, yet are grappling with whether to replace him with Republican contenders Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich.”
Here are the poll’s findings:

  • For the first time, a majority of adults, 52%, said Obama should be voted out of office while 43% said he deserves another term. The numbers mark a reversal since last May, when 53% said Obama should be re-elected while 43% said he didn’t deserve 4 more years.
  • Skippy’s overall job approval stands at a new low: 44% approve vs. 54% disapprove.
  • Americans don’t want Obamacare: About half of the respondents oppose the health care law and support for it dipped to 29% from 36% in June. Just 15% said the federal government should have the power to require all Americans to buy health insurance. Even  Democrats don’t like Obamacare, supported by 50% of Dems in the poll, down from last June’s 59%. Only about a quarter of independents want Obamacare. [But is the GOP in Congress doing anything about getting rid of Obamacare? No! ~Eowyn]
  • The partisan gap: Skippy’s approval rating among independents is 38% approve vs. 59% disapprove. Among Democrats, Skippy holds steady with an approval rating of 78% while only 12% of Republicans approve of the job he’s doing. [Who are these 12% Republicans??? ~Eowyn]
  • No more gender gap: Women seem to be waking up to reality. The poll found 44% of women say Obama deserves a second term (compared to 43% of men), down from 51% in October.
  • The education gap: About two-thirds (66%?) of white voters without college degrees say Obama should be a one-term president, while 33% of those voters say he should get another four years. Among white voters with a college degree, 57% said Obama should be voted out of office.
  • Americans still like Skippy: Inexplicably, even though more Americans now disapprove of his job performance, they generally like him personally. Skippy’s personal favorability rating held steady at 53%, with 46% viewing him unfavorably. About three-quarters called him likeable.
  • Americans are pessimistic about the future: Only 26% said the United States is headed in the right direction while 70% said the country was moving in the wrong direction.
  • All that being said, Americans are uncertain whether a Republican president would be a better choice. Asked whom they would support next November, 47% of adults favored Obama compared with 46% for Romney. Against Gingrich, Obama holds a solid advantage, receiving 51% compared with 42% for the former House speaker. The Obama-Gingrich gap is most striking among Independents,  with 54% favoring Skippy over 31% for Newt.

My take on the poll results:
In other words, Americans don’t think Obama is doing a good job, a majority don’t want a second “Hope & Change” term, but they still like him personally. That, added to the fact that the Republican candidates are lackluster, spells trouble for us in 2012.

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7 responses to “Majority of Americans Don't Want Obama Re-elected

  1. I know who the bulk of those 43% are. Steve and I challenge anyone here to tell me otherwise.

    • Doing well Steve just a little miffed at the fact that once again conservatives let everyone else dictate who is better for us and once again we have to choose between the biggest losers/Rinos money can buy, Newt or Mitt or as I call them the “Witch” or the “Devil”
      We may be rid of Obama but the fact is with these two, to work with all we will be getting “Diet Obama”

  2. Dennis H. Bennett

    I hope for Asaph’s cries (ours) to be heard (Ps80) but, in my flesh, I fear insurmountable voter ignorance and corruption. I only see hope in the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

  3. never rest until obama is out of office……… but the choices we are faced with seem rather meek… i do sort of like michelle bachmann and rick santorum probably misspelled both names thats how much press they get in the region i live in even though santorum went to high school here locally….. no more obama no more obama

  4. Thank you, Dr. Eowyn, for this excellent post. Frankly, I cannot fathom how or why some Americans find Obama personal and likeable. When I first actually saw the man, before he became president, he gave me a sickening feeling, and I disliked him just from his persona. Of course, now I cannot even stand to look at him because it gives me distress. I find his smile disingenuous and fake, I find his stature and demeanor most feminine and most of all, I sense weakness and self-absorption.

  5. Upon which topics do “most Americans” not want BO reelected.
    Who thinks he came with a great Health Care Reform Bill?
    Do the majority of Americans even know what the Health Care Reform Bill reads like?
    Who thinks Obama knew nothing about Fast and Furious?
    Who thinks that Obama really was right to murder Qadaffi?
    Who thinks that Obama really has the right to incarcerate Americans indefinitely with no trial, no defense?
    Who likes the money being given to the Bank Bailouts?
    Who likes the way he dealt with the foreclosure crisis?
    Who is happy with lack of jobs?
    Who is pleased with his habit of taking time off to play golf and go on vacation?
    Who admired the way he handled the BP oil spill in the Gulf?
    Who liked his response to the Joplin tornado disaster, the Mississippi River Flooding crisis, the drought in Texas? the killing off a livestock because there is not enough feed?
    Fory percent of all Americans are pleased with his performance in connection with the above list of issues, what do they think was good about his work in connection with these things.
    Who really cares about Osama bin Laden?
    Who knows anything about the rebellion going on in Syria?
    Forty percent are pleased, who are these people?

  6. Just curious how someone with sso little support, and it’s going down all the time can raise so much money….could it be the arab world is washing dollars thru americans so it looks on the up and up ?…thats my guess


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