CBS NEWS POLLFor Release: Monday, January 9, 20126:30 pm (ET)President Obama, the Economy and the November Election
January 4-8, 2012
If the election for president were held today, President Obama would be in a tight raceagainst either Mitt Romney or Ron Paul. He leads against Rick Santorum or NewtGingrich.
The President’s job approval rating is at 45% in this poll, not much different than it waslast month. Just 38% approve of his handling of the economy, also similar to last month.
Four in five Americans continue to rate the economy poorly, and just a quarter think it isgetting better. But looking ahead to the coming year, some Americans are optimistic.40% expect 2012 to be better than 2011, while just 11% think it will be worse. 46% thinkit will be about the same.
Looking Ahead to the General Election
In a series of possible general election match-ups based on the current field of Republicanpresidential candidates, if the election were held today Mitt Romney would have a slight edgeover Barack Obama, while the President would lead Ron Paul poll by just a point. PresidentObama leads against Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, and Jon Huntsman.Among all registered voters, Mitt Romney (47%) has a 2-point edge over President Obama(45%), while Ron Paul gets 45% against the President at 46%. President Obama (47%) leadsRick Santorum (43%) with a four point margin, and he holds larger single-digit leads againstNewt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Perry.
Who Would You Vote For in November if the Candidates Were…?
(Among registered voters)Total Republicans Democrats IndependentsMitt Romney 47% 90% 10% 45%Barack Obama 45 5 87 39Ron Paul 45% 81% 10% 47%Barack Obama 46 9 85 40Rick Santorum 43% 83% 9% 41%Barack Obama 47 6 87 44Newt Gingrich 41% 81% 8% 38%Barack Obama 49 9 89 45Rick Perry 42% 85% 8% 39%Barack Obama 49 9 89 46Jon Huntsman 41% 80% 8% 40%Barack Obama 48 8 89 42