9/21: Nearly Half Plan to Vote Against Obama, But Is There a Winner in the GOP Field?

September 21, 2011 by  
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President Barack Obama has his work cut out for him on the campaign trail.  According to this McClatchy-Marist Poll, 49% of registered voters nationally say they definitely plan to vote against the president in next year’s election.  36% say they will cast their ballot for Mr. Obama, and 15% are unsure.  This is the highest proportion of voters since November 2010 who say they don’t think they will back the president in his re-election bid.  At that time, 48% said they would definitely vote against him.

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When McClatchy-Marist previously reported this question in August, 40% thought they would definitely vote against President Obama, 40% believed they would definitely vote for him, and a notable one in five — 20% — were unsure.

“On the one hand, President Obama’s re-election numbers are very low.  On the other hand, no GOP potential opponent has stepped up to the plate and demonstrated sufficient electoral power to beat him,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

By party:

  • A majority of independent voters — 53% — say they will not support the president, 28% believe they will, and 20% are unsure.  There has been an increase in the proportion of independents who say they definitely will not vote for Mr. Obama.  In August, those proportions stood at 40%, 35%, and 25%, respectively.
  • Most Republicans — 89% — plan to back someone else.  Last month, 77% reported the same.
  • Little has changed among Democrats.  70% say they will cast their ballot for the president while 69% shared these views in McClatchy-Marist’s previous survey.

There has also been an increase in the proportion of registered voters who believe, regardless of who they support, the Republican challenger will defeat President Obama in next year’s election.  A majority of the national electorate — 52% — says the GOP candidate will be victorious, 38% believe the president will be re-elected, and one in ten — 10% — is undecided.

When McClatchy-Marist last reported this question in June, voters divided.  44% said Mr. Obama will be re-elected to another four years in office while 42% reported the Republican candidate will claim the White House.  15%, at that time, were undecided.

Table: Definitely Plan to Vote For or Against President Obama in 2012

Table: Definitely Plan to Vote For or Against President Obama in 2012 (Over Time)

Table: 2012 Presidential Prediction

Guiliani Strongest GOPer Against Obama

Despite weak re-election numbers, President Obama either leads or is competitive with most of his Republican challengers.  There is one exception, unannounced candidate former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

  • Giuliani receives 49% to Obama’s 42% among registered voters.  Nine percent are undecided.  In August, 48% backed the president, 43% supported Giuliani, and 9% were undecided.

Key points:

o   A slim majority of independent voters — 51% — supports Giuliani while only 37% throw their support behind Obama.  13% are undecided.

  • President Obama is neck and neck with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.  46% say they are for Obama while 44% report they back Romney.  One in ten — 10% — is undecided.  In McClatchy-Marist’s previous survey, 46% supported Obama, 41% tossed their support behind Romney, and 13%, at the time, were undecided.

Key points:

o   Among independent voters, 44% are behind Romney, 40% back the president, and 16% are undecided.  In August, the president received the support of 41% of independents to Romney’s 35%.  23% were undecided.

  • When up against former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, 49% of voters say they are for Obama while 44% rally for the unannounced Palin.  Six percent are undecided.  However, this is the first time that Obama has fallen below 50% in this hypothetical scenario.  And, the president has lost ground since the last time McClatchy-Marist reported this question.  In August, a majority — 56% — tossed their support behind Obama while 35% backed Palin.  Nine percent, at the time, were undecided.

Key points:

o   Among independent voters, 47% tout Palin while 43% are behind Obama.  In August, 48% backed the president while 42% were for Palin.

o   Palin has gained some support within her Republican base.  81% now say they are for Palin compared with 60% last month.

o   87% of voters who support the Tea Party rally behind Palin compared with 70% last month.

  • Obama’s lead over Texas Governor Rick Perry has shrunk.  50% of voters support Obama while 41% are for Perry, a nine percentage point lead for the president.  Nine percent are undecided.  Last month, Obama outpaced Perry by 19 percentage points, 52% to 33%.  14% were undecided.

Key points:

o   Perry has made some in-roads with independent voters.  They now divide.  43% support Obama, and 43% are behind Perry.  13% are undecided.  In August, 49% of independents backed Obama and 30% supported Perry.  22% were undecided.

o   Perry has also gained the support of more Republicans.  87% now support him compared with 74% last month.

o   84% of Tea Party supporters are for Perry.  69% had this view in August.

  • 53% of voters support Obama while 40% are for Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.  Seven percent are undecided.  Similar proportions shared these views in August when Obama garnered the support of 52%.  35% were for Bachmann, and 13% were undecided.

Key points:

o   Bachmann has gained some ground within her Republican base.  86% now back her while 73% did so in August.

Table: 2012 Hypothetical Presidential Tossup: Obama/Giuliani

Table: 2012 Hypothetical Presidential Tossup: Obama/Giuliani (Over Time)

Table: 2012 Hypothetical Presidential Tossup: Obama/Romney

Table: 2012 Hypothetical Presidential Tossup: Obama/Romney (Over Time)

Table: 2012 Hypothetical Presidential Tossup: Obama/Palin

Table: 2012 Hypothetical Presidential Tossup: Obama/Palin (Over Time)

Table: 2012 Hypothetical Presidential Tossup: Obama/Perry

Table: 2012 Hypothetical Presidential Tossup: Obama/Perry (Over Time)

Table: 2012 Hypothetical Presidential Tossup: Obama/Bachmann

Table: 2012 Hypothetical Presidential Tossup: Obama/Bachmann (Over Time)

Perry Leads Republican Contenders

In the quest for the Republican nomination, Texas Governor Rick Perry has an eight percentage point advantage over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Among Republicans and Republican leaning independents, here is how the contest stands:

  • 30% for Texas Governor Rick Perry
  • 22% for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney
  • 12% for Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
  • 7% for Texas Congressman Ron Paul
  • 6% for former Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich
  • 5% for businessman Herman Cain
  • 2% for former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum
  • 1% for former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman
  • 15% are undecided

But, how firmly are Republicans and Republican leaning independents in their candidates’ camp?  Three in ten — 30% — report they strongly support their choice of candidate, nearly four in ten — 39% — say they somewhat support their candidate, and 31% think they might vote differently.

The top two candidates — Rick Perry and Mitt Romney — share similar intensity of support from their backers.  30% of GOP voters who back Perry firmly support him while 26% of those who are behind Romney say the same.

The story changes for the Republican field when two prominent Republicans come into play.  If Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin were to announce their candidacies, here is how the contest stands among Republicans and Republican leaning independents:

  • 20% for Texas Governor Rick Perry
  • 14% for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
  • 13% for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney
  • 13% for former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
  • 6% for Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
  • 6% for former Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich
  • 6% for Texas Congressman Ron Paul
  • 4% for businessman Herman Cain
  • 2% for former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum
  • 2% for former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman
  • 14% are undecided

However, 72% of Republicans and Republican leaning independent voters do not want Palin to seek the office, 24% do, and 4% are unsure.

Giuliani fares somewhat better, but nearly six in ten — 58% — do not want him to enter the race either.  32% would like to see him step back onto the national stage, and 10% are unsure.

Table: 2012 Republican Presidential Primary

Table: Intensity of Support

Table: 2012 Republican Presidential Primary (with Giuliani and Palin)

Table: Sarah Palin 2012 Presidential Run

Table: Rudy Giuliani 2012 Presidential Run

Shared Values Tops List of Candidates’ Qualities

More than one-third of Republicans and Republican leaning independents — 35% — say it’s most important that a Republican presidential candidate share their values.  26% want a candidate who has the experience to govern, and 20% prefer a candidate who is closest to them on the issues.  The ability to defeat President Obama is most important to 17%, and 2% are unsure.

Table: Most Important Quality in a Republican Presidential Candidate

Candidates’ Tea Party Backing Not Top of Mind for Seven in Ten Republicans

How important is it that a Republican candidate has the support of the Tea Party?  70% of Republicans and Republican leaning independents report it makes no difference to their vote.  More than one in five — 22% — say it makes them more likely to vote for a candidate while only 8% think it makes them less likely to vote for a candidate.

The proportion of registered voters who are Tea Party supporters has changed little.  27% either strongly support or support the Tea Party while 64% do not.  Among those that support the Tea Party, 8% strongly support the movement, and 19% support it.  Nine percent are unsure.  In McClatchy-Marist’s previous survey, 29% supported the Tea Party movement, 61% did not, and 9% were unsure.

Table: Importance of Tea Party Backing of Republican Presidential Candidate

Table: Tea Party Supporters

Table: Tea Party Supporters Over Time

McClatchy-Marist Poll Methodology

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