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BLITZER BLOG: Poll numbers should alarm Dems
October 17th, 2011
03:59 PM ET

BLITZER BLOG: Poll numbers should alarm Dems

Las Vegas (CNN) – There are some numbers in our new CNN-ORC International poll that should seriously worry President Obama and the Democrats.

Republicans are right now a lot more enthusiastic about voting in the next election than Democrats. Some 64% of Republicans say they are extremely or very enthusiastic compared to only 43% of Democrats.

There were similar numbers in the 2010 mid-term elections and we know how well the Republicans did in Congress, including re-taking the majority in the House.

Democrats, by contrast, were much more enthusiastic in 2006 and 2008, and that certainly showed in the elections then.

But for the president, there may be an even more alarming number.

Among all voters, 59% think that President Obama’s policies will fail compared to only 36% who say they will succeed.

In 2010, 47% thought the president’s policies would fail. And back in 2009, only 32% thought the president’s policies would fail.

You see the trend, and it’s not good for the president’s re-election prospects.

There is still plenty of time for the president and the Democrats to turn this around. But that won’t be easy unless people start seeing some light at the end of the economic tunnel.

NOTE: Wolf Blitzer is anchoring “The Situation Room” from Las Vegas ahead of Tuesday’s Western Republican Debate, moderated by Anderson Cooper at 8 p.m. ET on CNN.

RELATED STORY: CNN Poll: Record high say Obama's policies will fail

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  1. Occam Razor

    Who was it that said that they didn't belong to any organized political party,... I'm a Democrat? Guess it still holds true. Unfortunately the Republican Party may be excited but they are just as clueless today as they were four years ago. But rest assured we American's always get what we deserve.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
  2. HenryB

    Oh, be quiet Blitzer! You are getting good at your analysis of political situations. First you create the hype around the election with your endless so called "important coverage" and then you report. I have long ago come to the conclusion that you are nothing but someone who likes to blow things out of proportion.

    Go become a serious journalist.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
  3. bannister

    Stick a fork in him, he's done.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
  4. targetindependent

    Polls fail because of a lack of nuance. Why will Obama's policies fail? Brcause Congress doesn't implement them or waters them down to nothing or worse than nothing.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
    • Chris R

      I urge all Democrats running for office in 2012 to run on that assertion. It will assure more Republicans win.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • FreeUlysses

      In other words, the man who sold the country he was a 'uniter', failed miserably in that regard. Don't blame either side, when the question is about the man who said he would 'get it done'. His own party was very dubious of his all out push of healthcare on beyond partison lines. That set the stage for his presidency. If he would have started by working together, rather than saying "I won, y'all can just shut up", he might have been a unifier. Just admit it, he's not. Clinton got stuff done, Reagan got stuff done. The massive independent voters that swing election are not looking for someone to launch a left of left agenda and promote class disctinctions. Not the adult leadership we need.

      October 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  5. sheila kind

    Yep, still too early, though I'm more worried about the Republican trends to disenfranchise voters in as many states as they can. Most state legislatures are in their hands and they seem determined to pass stringent laws that many elderly, poor, and young people will find difficult to surmount if they really have a desire to vote. We're talking Jim Crow here and not just in terms of minorities. First get rid of unions and then disenfranchise in any way you can potential democratic voters. Tactics entirely in the realm of the far right, emboldened by 2010. The reality won't sink in until next year when people are confronted with candidates who present no truly viable solution for people out of work and who actually want to tax them more. My sense is that even if Obama campaigns hard and looks like a winner, he may still lose because many won't be able to be heard in the voting booth. If so, then we're in for a true slog of horrid policies that will only lead to more suffering, unless, of course, you are wealthy enough to benefit.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  6. NoTags

    I don't believe the Democratic base will become energized until the Republican nominee is selected.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  7. mikey

    Dems knocked out a loser in 2008, Repubs should do the same in 2012.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  8. bb69

    Okay, I understand the polls are bad, but shouldn't the President's gigantic, expensive and destructive failed polices worry Democrats as well? The 2010 mid-terms finally put a check on Democrats' race to spend every single dime they could without making themselves vomit President Obama can go after Congress, but as our "My Way or the Highway in Chief", his idea of bi-patisansip is for Republicans to agree to the same neo-Keynsian, public union vote buying scheme that was the backbone of the "Stimulus" Bill, which amounted to a titanic federal bailout of plum already existing, otherwise unsustainable state and local public union jobs that negligent public officials are unwilling to prudently downsize. Why aren't the Occupy Wall Street participants FURIOUS about that and this most recent "jobs" proposal that is aimed to benefit them in any significant way?

    October 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  9. Dan

    Nobody cares about those losers in the GOP! They all su*k!!! I'm excited about that! GO PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!

    October 17, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  10. Kevin

    Obama only has one tune – Tax the Rich Tax the Rich – Like a Parrot and he seems just about as bright. Those of us who earn our way in the world are sick of being looted to pay the huge handouts that he wants to give to all the sob stories out there. It's always the same – You have to pay more because that Dead beat can't find a job or that Loser needs you to support his health care or that weenie hasn't had a fair break.

    If he would focus on the people who are working hard and trying to do the right thing instead of talking about it and then slanting all of his policies towards the losers in society he might have achieved something.

    He uses the same old tired platitudes that the Democrats have spouted for decades – You weren't successful because of your hard work and discipline... you were just lucky. You should share some of that luck with all of these unlucky individuals that are sitting on their sofa waiting for the Government to solve their problems.

    I'm sick of the villifying of success and the lauding of ineptitude.

    The problem with the current welfare state is it makes people grateful to the government that sent them a check rather then to the people who paid the taxes to make that largess possible.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  11. justin

    I support Obama & i'm not alarmed. The GOP is enthusiastic because they hate Obama they are eager to see if all the negativity of thiers will pay off. Also Obama has not gone on the attack yet & niether has his supporters who will next year. We have not begun to fight.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  12. Dennis

    It is early but the President has never stopped campaigning. I just wish he would spend as much time doing his job as trying to convince everyone he is doing something. Proof is in the pudding. Nothing has jelled yet here on main street.
    If all he can do is attack others what does that say about his confidence to lead. When he finally starts taking responsibility, I might start believing some of what he says. Talk is cheap but it is costing us dearly.
    Washington needs to realize that the treasury approach of trickle down bailout is a failure and quit spending on ideas that don't work. Foolish investments in campaign donors business schemes have also cost us dearly.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  13. gw

    Get a grip. As soon as the Republicans pick a candidate the situation changes. It really doesn't make much difference who they pick, it will scare the heck out of Democrats. McCain/Palin caused many Democrats to vote for Obama. Moreover, we're 13 months away from the election! These polls are fairly meaningless.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  14. Brian Smith

    As a "re-thug" or whatever it is I am called because I don't agree with the current president and the wing nuts (both parties) in congress I am actually shocked to see that the dems aren't supposedly invigorated, however I agree that it is a bit too early to say they are slacking, Good luck to BOTH parties this next year, I wish we could have a president who chose someone from the opposite party to be the vice presidential nominee. I REALLY think we need to get back to our "FOUNDING PRINCIPALS" that we all came here (save for Native Americans) and we should ALL work together. NOT just say we did and point fingers.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  15. haha...

    Obama is gooid at campaigning just not good at being president.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  16. 1nd3p3nd3nt

    obama has repeatedly tried to compromise on policy with the republicans, only to be met with resistance every step of the way, even when he gives them what they want.

    who in their right mind would say obama's policies will succeed at this point? How about the congress does their job and puts forth an agenda, instead of the president constantly having to do their job for them? How many people even have a clear idea of what the republican or democratic agenda are at this point?

    there is a clear lack of leadership in our government and our news media.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  17. Big_D

    Well if the GOP wins then we can sit back and be obstructive and blame them when nothing gets done. Tit for tat is the only solution so we are going with it. If anyone really cared about the process they would have voted out the GOP members that filibustered everything Obama tried.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  18. John B

    I don't presume to know much about the polling and how it works....but could someone maybe tell me why they did an "international poll" about voting for the president?

    Did they ask....say....Iranians?

    How about Mexico?

    They certainly didn't show up at the local college here to ask anyone.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  19. glenn

    The Democrats especially Obama, need to be worried. Obama has been such a disappointment. He lied lied lied to get this job, and he basically is more worried about the illegals in this country, than the legal American taxpayers. He may not admit it, but Obama is in deep trouble.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • Jean Sartre

      That's what politicians do, Glenn, they ALL, Lie, Lie, Lie... and only people like Glenn are constantly fooled by them.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:17 am |
  20. Mark Eaton

    If the Republicans had a strong candidate, Obama would be toast. However, the Republican field is so weak that voters may choose to trust their fate to him. It's too early to tell.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  21. Walter

    After childish conspiracy plot against Iran he lost my vote. We voted for him to change the questionable policies of George W Bush and Karl Rove. Look where are now... we are creating faulty reasons for a wrong war...

    October 17, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  22. Southerner01

    The Democrats' best bet would be to begin advocating policies that work, but since they are Democrats, that seems highly unlikely.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  23. Stoley Eisenhower

    I can see it now. The fire breathing, school lunch stealing, bible thumping, gun toting bullies will run rampant in DC. Rush Limbaugh will be over for state dinners, while Newt Ginrich will be there also, whining about being seated at a table in the back. Joe the Plumber will be giving foreign policy advice to Secretary of State Sarah Palin and Pat Robertson and that koran burning preacher in Florida will be saying grace before every state dinner with pizza provided by Godfather pizza ceo Uncle Tom. I mean, Herb Cain.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  24. jrm03063

    Spare us Wolf – just because folks aren't enthusiastic that the President's policies will work – doesn't mean that the want to try someone else's policies. It could very well also mean that people don't expect the GOP to ALLOW Obama's policies to be tried.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  25. etesot Obe

    Wolf -polls are a snapshot of people's feeling not a deep rationalizing of thoughts. Also, you could interpret these polls in this manner. The group of "59% think that President Obama’s policies will fail" includes those who think that the President's poliicies will fail because the other side–The Repulican tea-party–has set out to ensure that the President's policies fail. In short, then, the 36% hopeful of the success of President's policies have "allies" hidden in that "59"%. How much,,,,is another question. But you are right though-some panic but not much. President Obama will be re-elected. There's nothing serious on the other side. Just "empties" howling, and pretending to be challengers.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  26. John Ferguson

    Anyone who thinks either party has a "silver bullet" to fix our economic ills is dreaming. This economy went down the drain with a vengeance several years ago; it will take a long, long time to rebound. Our elected leaders and all their petty bickering are doing little or nothing to help.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  27. Tim Ryan

    Faced with the facts that President Obama has absolutely no track record to run on, he will stiill be very tough to beat. President Obama has the support of every large union, welfare recepient and government worker.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • Paul Ryan

      He has my support too; I represent the 1st. District in the Great State of Wisconsin.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:22 am |
  28. YourMom

    Yeah, the Dems should be really scared...Wolf's an idi0t. Do you really think the Repubs would vote for a Mormon or a black man?!

    October 17, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  29. ballot#1

    Polls at this time means zero,because not everybody boted. For now polls are just speculation,let's see what happens at the end of the elections. Can't count the chicks before they hatch right

    October 17, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  30. Les

    Given the do nothing Congress, it would surprise me if the Republicans won anything. They have held this nation hostage to their socio-industrial ideology for far to long. If CNN would make a habit of reporting on what Congress is refusing to do, which is to send legislation to the President that gets rid of the Haliburton Loophole, reinstates the tax on the wealthy, and end corporate welfare, the POTUS would be able to go forward.

    This is nothing he can do if the legislation isn't there to sign. The problems that this nation now faces lie entirely in the laps of the GOP; and, based on my experience, there are more people aware of this than poll numbers of a captive audience might suggest.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  31. Guest

    I feel Obama's race is more about time than his opponent. Temporarily hidden from our masses are the incredible TRUE and still growing numbers behind this nation's jobless crisis which has already inflated poverty levels to their highest in 52 years. The erosion of the American Dream is permanent for a large majority entrapped in this downward spiral, far greater than acknowledged and it continues to systematically worsen.

    The Jobs Plan revealed an emphasis on VOTES-not solutions with more than half of it designated as tax cuts to Americans who presently already have jobs. It offers absolutely nothing for our long term jobless who now have zero income and will never regain what they have lost. This group involves tens of millions who are most probably not in the mood to vote.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  32. Jasie

    it's hard to get excited about 4 more years of this.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  33. polls4flipfloppers

    Obama hasn't stopped campaigning since he took office. Until he relizes his policies are absolute failures and changes coarse, he's doomed to fail. That is until the unions and MSM have their say.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  34. DNA

    I might not be "enthusiastic" but I sure as heck ain't voting for no republican.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
    • DonD

      You called it, man. That's more truth about the election than a billion of these posts, and also the bottom line on the silly poll numbers bandied about with NO analysis on what they mean

      October 17, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
  35. QS

    Ah yes, the unmatched wisdom of watching the neverending poll dance!

    October 17, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  36. Portland tony

    I see the trend but its meaning is not clear. Does it mean his policies are getting poor marks or simply because the other guys are getting louder in their opposition?

    October 17, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  37. Bad Dog

    But WHY do they think that, Mr. Blitzer? They think that because they know that the Congress is determined to kill anything the President tries to do. So, ironically, despite your obvious Republican servility and bias, this is good news for the President. The blinders are off now. The people can see who their enemies really are and we will see the fruits of the new populism begin to bear fruit in 2012 as the Republican Save the Rich campaign gets underway. Make no mistake, the President is running against the shameful, bought and paid for Congress, and he will win. Hey, did you think McCain would win in 2008? Yeah, you were wrong then too.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  38. mfhpr

    Oh, just you wait, Wolf...that'll all come to surface come primary and election time. Don't fret, my good man...

    October 17, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  39. revrod

    OMG...CNN is already campaigning for Obama. BTW OMG means Obama Must Go.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  40. KateB

    but you don't specify WHY the people thought President Obama's policies/plans will fail...99.9% likelyhood it's the Republicans voting NONONONO on anything that comes their way in an attempt to send the country into a tailspin so they can take over (again) and screw us farther into the muck.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  41. Alina77

    Republicans just LOVE to vote, but vote they vote for only Lord knows.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  42. Miss Demeanor

    Any half-decent candidate could easily defeat Obama. None have surfaced, so why should Obama worry? It'll be like running against McCain again. If none appear before the new year, Obama could easily skate back in unless the economy gets significantly worse. At least he's slightly better than Dubbya and Carter.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  43. Pimpson

    Say hello to President Cain.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  44. John Murtari

    They should be afraid. I read Time magazine and am just amazed by the article bias. I guess I consider myself a TEA party member. I don't think there is anything radical about saying government should be smaller. Government should stop taking the role of family in our lives. The only well-funded areas of the economy are Education & Health Care - and they all get government money. It's just too much and we are headed in the wrong direction.

    We used to always point to the Europeans as a model of the social state - perhaps we should rethink that before what they are experiencing becomes our future?

    October 17, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  45. GD

    Obama is beyond awful, and anyone who thinks otherwise is plain delusional.

    The apologists will blame Bush, GOP as obstructionists, etc...but the fact is Obama just doesn't have the skills to get it done. Period. End of story.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  46. us1776

    The past 3 GOP administrations ran this country in more debt due to 4 unfunded multi-trillion dollar wars and stealing trillions out of Social Security than all previous administrations combined over the past 200 years.

    And now their solution to getting all this unfunded war debt and Social Security GOP IOU's paid off is to reduce taxes?

    GOP, what kind of fuzzy math gets debt paid off by reducing revenues?

    October 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • us1776

      Why would anybody in their right mind put the GOP back in charge? These are the people that got us into this mess in the first place.


      October 17, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  47. Mike

    It's all bad news until the Republicans select their candidate. At that point, people have a real, clear decision to be made. In the meantime, President Obama is raising money, while the Republican hopefuls spend it as fast ass they can to discredit one another. This isn't over by a long shot.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  48. willard

    I'm belived that presdient obama are not good his job for 3 years also he have too much problems with his fail for 59 perenct

    October 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  49. Josh

    The problem with this analysis is that the Dems have one candidate while the GOP has several. Each of these candidates has supporters who are "enthusiastic." Once the GOP settles on a particular candidate (probably Romney) many of those "enthusiastic" GOPers will become less so.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  50. Ele North

    What do you mean...the president hasn't seriously started campaigning?.... You must be joking !! He has NEVER stopped !

    October 17, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  51. Nick San Diegon

    Unless the Republicans come up with a different candidate (which appears unlikely)., Obama is in for another 4.
    All those that were touted to beat Romney, just had no legs and the latest Cain is another joke that will fail, leaving Romney which his own Party is not happy with.
    In the end th faithful will come out in force for Obama and the Independents will see that it was the Republicans as obstructionists.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  52. isolate

    CNN psephologists missed a strategic question which should have followed #3: WHY do you think President Obama's policies will fail? I suspect the answers would have shown "Republican intransigence," or some variety of that response as the top response.

    Americans realize who created the mess Obama inherited, and they know who's responsible for stifling any attempts to repair the damage. A solid three-quarters are for taxing those who make more than $1 million annually; the GOP will fight any such proposal to its last breath. I don't understand why the Democrats aren't stressing this more. Does the GOP seriously think Americans believe that the people who created the problem can fix it?

    October 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  53. Maude

    Wait till the full campaign mode. You, my friend, haven't seen nothing yet !!
    GOP get slammed down to hell where they belong.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  54. bob

    Oh yeah!!!! that's great!!! lets put the republicans back in know; the ones that managed to take the largest surplus in American history and 8 years later? Turn-it into the largest deficit in American history. "Boy" people have short memories don't they?

    October 17, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  55. DonD

    Poll numbers... devoid of meaningful reasons for them due to CNN's recurring lack of journalism. You guys really are just about the race, instead of the real meat and potatoes, aren't you? Please report on why the polls are this way. Here's why in a nutshell... The progressive base is disappointed that President Obama has over-compromised to the rigid, obstructionist Republicans. There's your lack of enthusiasm Now go do the story and report on what Americans want Obama to do.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  56. PoliticoHasItRight

    I know for fact, that the MSM and cable pundits are controlling this election cycle.
    In fact, they are hoping for a very close election ... this is the way they are steering their rhetoric to make us all believe that Obama is lower in the polls than he really is. Just read all the Internet articles....this is a dead giveaway.
    I don't believe his low poll #s for one minute.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  57. Samuel

    Hmmm..CNN polls.

    They called Gore the winner over Bush ! On election day; during the election. They declared Gore the winner from exit polls. Too early !! I am voting for Obama. The wife and I. ANd we vote for the GOP last election.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
    • booyah1

      you lie nobody could vote for obama with his horrible policies that voted republican before .EVERYTHING is worse. Only the ignorant and uneducated believe he will win re-election. What can he run on? This time around he has to run on what he has done and not what he promised to do. I did vote for obama, but never again. Its not a republican/democrat thing its a policy thing, and his are the worst i have seen. This man will destroy america if he had his way.

      October 17, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
  58. Bob H. from Orlando, FL

    Wolf –

    Presently, the Republican presidential candidates have center stage and usually the opposition party will always show more enthusiasm. But the only poll that truly matters is what occurs on Election Day 2012. A lot can happen between now and then. When it comes down to the real campaign, the Democrats will rally around the President once the Republican candidate voices how their ideas are better. Once the Occupy Wall Street crowd realizes that their only hope is the Democratic Party, the Republicans (both their candidate and Congressional members) will realize that the people's voice has been heard above the outcries of the Tea Party.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  59. Larry

    I am a non-partisan voter for 35 years now and I will be voting for Cain and if you like the way its been vote for Obama!

    October 17, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  60. And Then What

    So what? It's only an election, it's not the end of the world. I say people need to suffer much more than they do now to know how to vote. Americans have life too easy so they play stupid all the time. If they had any sense they'd be libertarians and get govt. out of people's life. Freedom to smoke, drink, abort, whatever. Republicant will never allow freedom. They're the ones who came up with the patriot act. If they win there goes more of our freedom again. Stupid people stupid.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  61. ED

    With your help, the GOP is getting all the help they need. By the time next year come around for voting maybe the people can put you out of business. And even with 43 percent of the American people voting it is enough to defeat you and the Republicans

    October 17, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  62. Ron Paul Revolutionary

    Why oh, why you ignore Ron Paul, is beyond me. What the Status qou politicians in Washington need to realize is that theres broom coming to washington in the form of Ron Paul and his back to the constitution message. If you disagree thats your right, im not here to argue with you, im here to tell you a truth i believe and will not be swayed, by your predispositions to the authoritarian establishment system you love. No, im talking about Liberty, Yes sweet liberty which i served my time in the military protecting. Freedom loving Americans are standing up everyday, and willl not be shoved around anymore. Ron Paul will win the election all Americans stand behind his message of true liberty for all. Your propaganda machine is working against you, thank you for the non coverage it suits us much better.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  63. Joe

    Let's be honest, Obama is a complete failure. Anyone in the employed or unemployed world better vote for someone other than Obama. Obama is the kiss of death on our economy.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  64. HumanWithBrain

    Omamba is TOAST!

    October 17, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  65. ObamaWillWinin2012

    Mr. Blitzer, don't worry about us. We are NOT worried about our Pres. O.
    He won't have any trouble winning his re election. Pres. O will win in a heartbeat.
    When you take a look at what the GOP (candidates) have to offer, well, there you go. Pres. O. is more intelligent than all of them (repub candidates) rolled into one.
    Thank you.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  66. One-moment please

    Yes the Republicans are enthusiastic, despite their abysmal poll numbers. However, the current protests are anything but Republicans, They are people who are tired of getting screwed by the corporate boot-licking right. That anger will surface at the voting booths because Americans are realizing that the Republican's are willing to sacrifice them for power, money, and influence. Voting is the one power than trumps money Wolf and I think you underestimate the intelligence of the people.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  67. JoeMichigan

    I think the Democrats will get very very very enthused by the time the election rolls around. Occupy Wall Street will help the cause. Everyone knows that the Republicans will never help the middle working class and paid puppets of Corporate America. The only hope for the middle class is a Democratic majority in both houses. The Party of NO shot themselves in foot over and over and it just doesn't stop. The Republicans ignore their own constituency and by going after seniors and Medicare it took them down faster than anything else. Most seniors that were Republicans are scared of what they will do to Medicare and Social Security. As far as this poll goes, I lost faith in any polls, hey are only snapshots of the hour.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  68. Lue Blacknell

    It is so true-these so called "political pundits" will throw out anything & see if it catch on. When it come to them interviewing politicians-they do not challenge them -when they know they're lying. The media is the worse when it come to facts-they are so busy for ratings-they do not care. I have started using the internet for news-instead of T. V.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  69. WDinDallas

    Think about it folks. Obama is a immature, narcissistic, vindictive liar. Do you really want someone like this as President of the USA? You have got to have some pride!

    October 17, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
    • Jean Sartre


      We LOVE Obama... he's NOT from that foreign country: TEXAS!

      October 18, 2011 at 12:44 am |
  70. JoeT

    "Among all voters, 59% think that President Obama’s policies will fail compared to only 36% who say they will succeed."

    I hate to beg what the definition of "is" is, but "fail" is a bit ambiguous. Does fail mean they will not be signed into law, that the respondent would like for them to not go into effect, or that the respondent believes their implementation would have a negative impact?

    October 17, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  71. Phillip Tran

    nothing can save Obama and democrate now- only he is gone the US will get better, not become the third world country

    October 17, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  72. Cody

    Polls dont mean anything.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  73. SalinasPhil

    Who could blame the democrats for a lack of enthusiasm? Look, whether you're a democrat or republican, the problem with all politicians is corruption. There's way too much money in politics. Large contributions during and after the campaigns amount to legalized bribes. It's no wonder when politicians finally reach office, they disappoint us by not representing us. Instead, they represent their deep pocket donors, lobbyist, etc.

    The OCW protests are growing every day and political corruption is a prime reason. It's clear that our government is bought and paid for. This must be fixed. A good start would be to overturn Citizens United. Then make all political contributions over $100 illegal.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  74. us1776

    Wolf, why do you think all this TEA-gridlock is taking place?

    B/c the GOP does not want anything to get through Congress. Nothing.

    TEA is nothing but a bunch of traitors as far as I can see. They pledged allegiance to some ideologue and ignored their oath to their country.


    October 17, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • EJM

      The Tea Party are patriots.
      Obam-Pelosi-Reid went wild with their insane spending for 2 years and what did we get?
      9 % unemployment and another $4 Trillion in debt.
      Republicans swept in 2010 because the American people said: 'No mas.'
      Blocking Obama's failed and destructive policies is exactly what the American people wanted.
      Now we have to flush twice and remove Obama as well in 2012.

      October 18, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • EJM

      Obama is already campaigning, and in fact he never stopped. That's all he knows how to do.
      The Democrat convention has also started a little early in Zuccotti Park.
      The delegates there no doubt support Michael Moore for President to represent the 99% against Obama
      whom they regard as a sellout, and not communist enough.
      However, Moore may select Obama as his running mate so that he can run against his own
      policies on the reform ticket.

      Democrat Socialist politics is full of surprises.

      October 18, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  75. Clark Nova

    I wasn't aware that Obama had any policies other than caving in to Republicans and corporatists on every single issue. I don't mind seeing THAT policy fail.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
    • john

      such a stupid comment. His administration had promoted scores of positive policies in every area of government. Education; science; health; foreign policy. Etc. The key difference between Obama and GWB is that Obama's team actually thinks and talks.

      October 17, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
      • Jean Sartre

        They also have the ability to read and to listen... AND, they do not drag their knuckles and wear loin cloths...

        October 18, 2011 at 12:47 am |
  76. Predicta

    No president has ever won a second term with unemployment above 8% and an approval rating below 50%. Obama can slide on many issues for a second term. The economy is not one of them.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  77. KIm

    Democrats should be very alarmed. As a Democrat I won't be voting for president in 2012. Obama is a failure on all fronts as a Democrat. The Occupy movement is a reaction to his weak leadership. We need a real Democrat in the White House. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  78. AMB

    It is time for the Democrats to do to Obama what they very foolishly did to Hillary in 08. Throw him under the bus and get a qualified candidate out there.
    I was on the fence before about voting for him no more. His latest stunt at egging on the Occupy group is simply hypocrisy at its best. What simpletons does he believe us for? You cannot fill your coffers and embrace being bought and paid for by Wall Street, Big Banks and all other industry and groups and then denounce them when it suits for the common vote. If he wants my vote then he can accept no more and must stand up and have true morals and integrity. That goes for all our elected officials. This election I will honor myself and my fellow Americans by not listening to a word any candidate has to say but instead will research how they have voted and who has bought them.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  79. Mark Couvillion

    Blitzerz's only concern is which political party will support Isreal's aganda.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  80. jill

    Its not too early for the American people to know that Obama is toxic for our country

    October 17, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  81. SoSad

    Nope, the polls are too early, when its ready for the race, Obama will not have to worry about the NON CHRISTIAN, magic pants, Romney. CNN is trying to make news , sorry, not biting, WOLFMAN.....

    October 17, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  82. Billy

    Seriously, it will come down to whether the opposition puts up a likable, believable, and capable candidate. So far, those who have led in the polls are unlikable clowns, either to the voting public as a whole, or to most Republicans. If an unpalatable candidate like Romney gets the nomination we should see that enthusiasm gap shrink considerably.

    October 17, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  83. Dean/FL

    This is no surprise. Obama was uniquely unqualified to be president.

    October 17, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  84. Obama 2012

    CNN is beginning to lose me as a viewer with all their doom and gloom spin. I think you guys need to pay attention to the Pew Research study, Viewers are getting tired of all the seems you guys at CNN are content with coat-tailing the hype around Republicans rather than reporting facts.

    In that same poll Americans support the Proposal in Mr. Obama's jobs bill, they support how it is paid for and have a negative mood towards millionaires and Wallstreet.

    If CNN wasn't so concerned with attempting to add to this anti-obama hype that is prevalent on the right(GOP), they could have spun this is in another way. Americans do not believe Obama's policies will succeed because they don't see Congress acting on it in a timely fashion.

    Please CNN go back to reporting News and Facts, leave the spinning to FOX or you will lose alot of viewers.

    October 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  85. Max

    No mention of the "poll" specifics, but sorry CNN.. 1000 adults questioned BY PHONE our of 300million plus is hardly an accurate sample.

    October 17, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  86. Don Hurley

    The country is doomed.
    You either vote to re-elect Obama (who will NOT be able to accomplish a thing, thanks to a racist and majority GOP that will steadfastly block every initiative to getting the country out of its fiscal and economic mess; or .... you vote for the GOP, all of whom have zero credibility at fixing anything since they are the ones who's policies (and continual policies) have (and will) caused ALL of the fiscal and economic problems....or you just riot in the streets which is where Occupy Wall Street is going ... and the government will be only too happy to impose martial law and create a police state... since they will never allow the general population to stage the revolt – that only thing would likely change everything and the entire broken system of government.

    October 17, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  87. Gary Green

    "There is still plenty of time for the president and the Democrats to turn this around. "

    Why would we want to do this? Obama is a hypocrite – a man with a distorted view of the world, how it works and what's important. He should resign now rather than having us agonize through another year of his incompetence.

    October 17, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  88. Kyle

    This guy lies, cheats and steals. Another typical politician. Herman Cain in 2012!!!!

    October 17, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  89. Bob

    Well, I have no faith in either party. The Republicans want to set society back two hundred years (if you're not a white, Christian male, that is) while Democrats are more interested in spending money than the US has.

    How about cutting the defense budget a little? Or how about slashing Congressional pay in half?

    October 17, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  90. Grim Reaper

    Whip it up Wolf. I'm not a fan of the President's policies but no one can ignore or diminish his fundraising abilities. 2008 marked the biggest campaign spending spree and 2012 will shadow that figure. Whip it up Wolf those campaign contributions will line the pockets that pay your $3M+ salary. Puppet.

    October 17, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  91. borko61

    All Obama need is a red flag sickle and hammer and lets start new revolution, they after all improve people's lives sooo much...not.

    October 17, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  92. Dave

    The Republicans haven't offered up anything better than John McCain this time around so in the real election poll we'll see pretty much the same as we did in 2008. I can't see any Democrat who is angry at Obama voting for a Republican who will be worse. I wouldn't buy the whole pig when I disliked a slice of ham. Neither will they.

    October 17, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  93. Willy Loman

    Versus the guaranteed failure of policies sought by Romney and Cain... I'll take my chances.

    October 17, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  94. Darth Vadik, CA

    Republicans are enthusiast about getting rid of the black President, as far as their field, hahaha, they can't make up their mind who they dislike more...

    October 17, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  95. Joe

    It's all about the game, isn't it, Wolf?

    October 17, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  96. PulTab

    Polls mean nothing at this point in the game. Not even worth looking at. Don't know why I did.

    October 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  97. dan in albuquerque

    Actually, the negative part of this poll is fear that Congress will continue doing nothing and that Democratic plans will fail due to obstructionism. Polls are strongly in favor of Obama's jobs plan, and strongly against the Tea Party/ GOP, so the poll is not a condemnation of Obama's ideas, just resignation that all his efforts will be obstructed.

    October 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  98. Joel Miller

    This can change quite a bit in a relatively short period of time. The Occupy Wall Street movement is larger, deeper and more global than the Tea Party ever was and it didn't require Koch and other Fat Cat money to underwrite it. Like the song says, There's something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear...but things are changing fast the Republicans could find themselves on the run before long.

    October 17, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • ironranger

      keep drinking that koolaid.....Obama needs as many idiots as he can find, otherwise he won't get the 41% support that he is backing on for the 2012 election! lolololol

      October 17, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
  99. WHOOO4 UT

    After watching a bit of your show, I was reminded how the past 2 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS (SR AND JR BOTH) made NO bones about travelling around America CAMPAIGNING for their Republican party (AT TAXPAYERS EXPENSES -OF COURSE!!) THAT WAS O.K. – RGHIT?? They were Republicans. BUT, when a democrat gets into office and does the very same thing -WATCH OUT!! SUCH HYPOCRISY- SUCH DOUBLE-STANDARDISM – SO A TYPICAL OF REPUBLICANS and all of their lemmings that follow them -off the cliff and into the oceans. (Maybe that's a good thing.)

    October 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  100. Polls are just polls

    It's still too early to call this one. The inaction on part of the Democrats could be contributed to the fact that Obama hasn't started seriously campaigning yet. He does pass rhetoric a lot more than he used to, but he hasn't gone after the candidates yet. He is going after congress though because they refuse to do anything. If he gets the support of Occupy Wall street and the message that we are better off than we would have been with a Republican President then he might be a formidable force in 2012. It's still too early though.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • Joe

      Obama hasn't started campaigning yet? That all this guy has done for the last year!! Every move he makes is pandering to another group to earn their support. Sadly this comes at a price to tax payers that have to flip the bill so he can travel around on his campaign trips. Yeah, I know Bush did it too. The difference is when Bush did it, or Clinton before him, we weren't in the worst economic downturn since the GD and our debit wasn't spiraling out of control. How much did BHO's trip to NC to promote his already failed "jobs" bill (a.k.a. union jobs bill) cost us? It wasn't about his jobs bill as much as is it was about dividing the country even further and pushing his reelection bid. Yeah, democrats and government dependents have a lot to worry about...

      October 17, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • Bill in VA

      Not seriously campaigning? Campaigning is all he does seriously. He is always in campaign mode.

      October 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    • Nobba Nobba

      I agree, this election is going to be a tough one. However we need to remember that Obama isnt really at fault. The president has no power to really do anything. The people we should be looking at are those in congress. these are where the mistakes are coming from.
      I am looking forward to hearing both Romney and Obama's debates. I will not vote for hurricane or Perry and Michelle is jsut like Palin all over again.

      October 17, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
    • areegee

      How can you say he isn't campaigning yet? It seems every day he's in another city saying "Pass this bill." Check to see how many days he has spent in the White House this summer and fall.

      October 17, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
    • Bill

      He's not going to get the support of OWS, they see him as part of the problem, not the solution

      October 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
    • shooter

      That's the best example of wishful thinking I've seen in a long time. Thanks for a really good laugh.

      October 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
    • Fair minded

      You are not nominated as a deep or realistic thinker. I believe it is the Dem controlled Senate that shut down the poorly done jobs plan. I think $70M campaign contributions is serious campaigning. Obama's message for 2008 was "are you better off now than you were 4 years ago". Now since we are clearly not better off now than 4 years ago, you suggest he twist the message to say we are better off now than we would have been with Republicans. This message would really show how stupid and gullible he thinks the American public is. Maybe the hardcore Dem lovers would buy it, but no thinking person would!

      October 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
    • craig

      The problem is, what does Obama have to campaign with? So far his policies have not worked.

      October 17, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
    • David H

      Does anyone hear that noise? It sounds like a landslide ...
      HOW in the world are we better off with this guy for four more years than a Republican? Do you REALLY believe that, seriously? This president has been a disaster any way you slice it. What is he running on? The Obamacare that is stopping companies from hiring? The scandals rocking the white house that most of the media refuses to report because they are in the tank for him? He had 3 years with 2 of them with a majority in congress and he took the country into the ground. Wake up folks. It's obvious to most of America at this point. If you don't see it, you are probably a union member or one of the 51% not paying taxes.

      October 17, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
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