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Obama holds big lead in Presidential poll

By JOHN WHITESIDES
June 10, 2011

President Barack Obama REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama retains a big lead over possible Republican rivals in the 2012 election despite anxiety about the economy and the country’s future, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Wednesday.

Obama’s approval rating inched up 1 percentage point from May to 50 percent but the number of Americans who believe the country is on the wrong track also rose as pricier gasoline, persistently high unemployment and a weak housing market chipped away at public confidence.

Obama leads all potential Republican challengers by double-digit margins, the poll showed. He is ahead of his closest Republican rival, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, by 13 percentage points — 51 percent to 38 percent.

“Obama’s position has gotten a little stronger over the last couple of months as the public mood has evened out, and as an incumbent he has some big advantages over his rivals,” Ipsos pollster Cliff Young said.

“Until Republicans go through a primary season and select a nominee, they are going to be at a disadvantage in the head-to-head matchups in name recognition.”

Obama, who got a boost in the polls last month with the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, is amassing an election campaign warchest likely to be larger than the record $750 million he raised in 2008.

Sarah Palin and Romney lead the Republicans battling for the right to challenge Obama in the November 2012 election.

Palin, the party’s vice presidential nominee in 2008, had the support of 22 percent of the Republicans surveyed. The former governor of Alaska has not said whether she will run for president next year.

Romney, who failed in a 2008 presidential bid, had 20 percent support.

Representative Ron Paul, a libertarian Republican from Texas, and former pizza executive Herman Cain were tied for third with 7 percent each.

REPUBLICAN RACE STILL FORMING

The Republican candidates are just starting to engage in their slow-starting nomination race. Young said Palin and Romney had a clear advantage at this stage over other challengers in name recognition among voters.

Other surveys have shown Romney in a stronger position. A Washington Post-ABC News poll earlier this week gave Romney a slight lead over Obama among registered voters.

In the Reuters/Ipsos poll, the other Republican contenders fared even worse than Romney’s 13-point gap in a match-up with Obama. Palin trailed Obama by 23 points and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty was behind by 19 points.

The survey was taken after weak jobs and housing figures released last week showed the U.S. economy is recovering slower than expected. Unemployment rose slightly to 9.1 percent for the month.

The poll found 60 percent of respondents said the country is on the wrong track, up from 56 percent in May but still below April’s high of 69 percent. In the latest survey, 35 percent said the country is going in the right direction.

Obama’s approval rating has drifted in a narrow range between 49 percent and 51 percent since January, with the exception of April when the first spike in gasoline prices drove his rating lower.

With Congress battling over a Republican budget plan that includes scaling back the federal Medicare health program for the elderly, the poll found a plurality of Americans, 43 percent, oppose the Medicare cuts and 37 percent support them.

The poll, conducted Friday through Monday, surveyed 1,132 adults nationwide by telephone, including 948 registered voters. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.

Copyright © 2011 Reuters

6 Responses to Obama holds big lead in Presidential poll

  1. Carl Nemo

    June 10, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Seemingly this demonstrates truth to the old saying that…”in the land of the blind, the man with one eye is king”…no? / : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. Sandune

    June 11, 2011 at 11:45 am

    The GOP has nothing to offer the voters. Some insane fantasy that all of us are white Christian Straight Men is based on minds so closed to reality to be frighteningly amusing. Obama is at least honest with his agenda leaving the GOP floating around in some drug induced vision of salvation. I choose not to be a Democrat which leaves me with no vote at all. I want the angry masses to win this election so that we can finally see the government of God in action.

    The lack of imagination in the voters has no concept of what this kind of government means. Back to the crusades again and again. My vote won’t be counted until America can locate a cleaner less corrupt group of leaders.

  3. rick

    June 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    If the Obama part II is as dismal as Part I it is better for someone like a Daniels to sit out and then run against a failed presidency.

    In the meantime I cannot believe what has surfaced on the Republican side. So I look at their list and Obama and say “This is the best America can do?” Sad.

  4. Carl Nemo

    June 11, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    “My vote won’t be counted until America can locate a cleaner less corrupt group of leaders.” …extract from post

    Solid thoughts Ms. Price. My wife and I feel the same way concerning not only presidential candidates, but the same for state, county and municipal crimpol wannabe’s too.

    We’ll continue to cast our vote concerning school levies, bonds, fire and police support, but plan on putting individual candidates on ignore. For the most part once elected they all become lockstep partisans and to hell with the nation or the community at large.

    Their ‘vote for me’ signs sprout up around freeway entrance and exit ramps just prior to an election without voters getting to know any of them and their backgrounds, clean or otherwise.

    My all time favorite bumper sticker reads…”Don’t vote, it only encourages them”… / : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  5. freecitizen

    June 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Just a couple of days ago, there was an article on this website with the headline “AMERICANS FED UP WITH OBAMA’S INEFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP”!

    And this poll says otherwise. So which is it? This is why I don’t trust polls, they can be easily manipulated to manipulate the people taking part in the poll. And it’s a long ways from deciding who gullible Americans are going to choose to continue the decimation and destruction of the US! Americans are pawns, co-operating with the tyrants they elect in putting the shackles and chains on their own wrists and ankles. Sad!! Maybe even deserved!!

  6. Rick

    June 12, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Just had this attached to an email. Makes sense,

    POLITICIANS AND DIAPERS
    SHOULD BE CHANGED OFTEN
    AND FOR THE SAME REASON