Obama above 50% in some battleground polls
September 26th, 2012
01:49 PM ET

Obama above 50% in some battleground polls

(CNN) – New polls in three swing states indicate President Barack Obama exceeding 50% support among likely voters and holding leads of nine to 12 points over Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Fueling those numbers, the four polls suggest that Romney has lost his edge on the economy, an issue on which the challenger has based his campaign.


Topics: 2012 Election • Mitt Romney • Poll • President Obama
Obama pollster: Ryan may be a 'drag' on Romney
August 16th, 2012
05:39 PM ET

Obama pollster: Ryan may be a 'drag' on Romney

Washington (CNN) - In a polling memo released by campaign pollster Joel Benenson on Thursday, Team Obama tried to paint Rep. Paul Ryan as one of the worst vice presidential selections in recent history.

"This reflects something about Mitt Romney's decision making priorities and what he did was he tapped as a running mate the person who's been dubbed the leader of the most extreme wing of the Congressional Republicans," Benenson said on a conference call accompanying the memo.

The historically low public approval ratings of Congress combined with the public's opinion of Ryan's readiness to be commander in chief "are all factors that go into this being a very uninspiring choice and reflecting that it's not a boost to the ticket, if anything it's a drag on the ticket," Benenson argued. FULL POST

Topics: 2012 Election • Campaign • Poll • President Obama
Poll: Voters support Obama immigration change
June 19th, 2012
10:10 AM ET

Poll: Voters support Obama immigration change

(CNN) – A majority of voters agreed with the immigration policy unveiled by President Barack Obama last week, according to a new poll.

The Bloomberg Poll released Tuesday showed 64% of likely voters backed the shift, which would allow the children of illegal immigrants who meet certain requirements to stave off deportation for two years. Although 30% of those surveyed disagreed with the president, coveted independent voters agreed with the decision by better than a two-to-one margin.

However, support was divided along party lines. Fifty-six percent of likely Republican voters opposed the decision while 86% of Democrats issued praise. Sixty-six percent of independents backed the policy change, while 26% disagreed.

Obama announced the shift on Friday, saying it will make U.S. immigration policy "more fair, more efficient and more just."

The changes would allow people not over the age of 30 who came to the United States before the age of 16, pose no criminal or security threat and were successful students or served in the military to receive a two-year deferral from deportation.


Topics: Immigration • Poll • President Obama
What's behind Obama's rising poll numbers?
December 21st, 2011
08:11 AM ET

What's behind Obama's rising poll numbers?

Washington (CNN) - The gridlock and partisanship that threatens to ruin Christmas in Washington could be an election year gift for President Barack Obama's campaign.

A growing number of voters , 50% compared to 44% in March, trust Obama to solve the nation's problems while the percentage of those with faith in congressional Republicans is slipping, according to a CNN/ORC International Poll.

CNN Poll: President's approval nearing 50%

For the Obama team, the poll numbers seem to validate the president's fall and winter strategy: Intone the jobs message like a mantra while squaring off against a do-nothing Congress and congressional Republicans in particular.

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CNN poll:  Obama ranks low among recent incumbents
November 15th, 2011
03:31 PM ET

CNN poll: Obama ranks low among recent incumbents

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's overall approval rating remains in the mid-40s, where it has been since July, and he continues to receive much higher marks for foreign policy than for domestic issues, according to a new national survey out one year before he is up for re-election.

A CNN/ORC International Poll released Tuesday indicates that 52% of all Americans approve of how the president is handling the situation in Iraq, an indication that Americans tend to favor Obama's decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from that country by year's end. Forty-eight percent of those questioned approve of how he is handling the war in Afghanistan. By contrast, only 35% have a positive view of his economic track record, and just 38% approve of how he is handling health care policy.

Full results (pdf)

It all adds up to an overall 46% approval rating for the president, with 52% saying they disapprove of how Obama is handling his job in the White House.

full story

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CNN Poll of Polls: President's approval rating remains in the mid-forties
November 7th, 2011
12:23 PM ET

CNN Poll of Polls: President's approval rating remains in the mid-forties

The guys over at the Political Ticker have a new post up about President Obama's approval rating that's definitely worth checking out. Here's the highlight:

According to the CNN Poll of Polls, which is an average of the most recent national surveys, 45 percent of Americans approve of how the president is handling his job and 51% disapprove.

Check out the whole article here.

Topics: Political Ticker • Poll • President Obama
Wednesday Poll
President Obama the "underdog"?
October 5th, 2011
02:03 PM ET

Wednesday Poll

Earlier this week President Obama told an interviewer he felt he was "absolutely" the underdog in the upcoming 2012 presidential election.  The president pointed to the struggling economy as the reason.  But in the end, Mr. Obama said the 2012 election would "be a contest of values and vision" believing his vision would be more persuasive to the American people.  What do you think?

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September 28th, 2011
12:30 PM ET

This week's poll

Topics: jobs • Poll
September 21st, 2011
12:30 PM ET

Weekly Poll: Palestine and the UN

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September 14th, 2011
07:43 AM ET

The Morning Briefing: Jobs and more jobs and poll numbers

The 1600 Blog's daily roundup of what the White House is reading this morning online and in the papers:

*What, Obama worry? NY House district elects first Republican since 1920  [LA Times]

*White House pushed $500 million loan to solar company now under investigation [Washington Post]

*On jobs bill, White House bets on Boehner's support [Politico]

*Obama's disapproval rating hits new high [CNN.com]

*Obama's jobs plan complicates task of debt panel [BusinessWeek]

And to check out the coverage of today's trip to Raleigh in the local newspaper:

*If Obama can help, Apex is listening [Raleigh News Observer]

*Obama struggling in North Carolina [USAToday.com]

Topics: jobs • Morning Briefing • Poll