Obama Trails "Generic" Republican in Gallup Poll

By: Brian Montopoli, CBS News
By: Brian Montopoli, CBS News

(CBS News) -- October 14, 2011 --

President Obama may be lucky there's no such thing as a "generic" Republican presidential candidate.

In a new Gallup poll, the president trails a "generic" GOP candidate by eight points, 46 percent to 38 percent, among registered voters. That matches his performance against a "generic" candidate in September. He led a "generic" Republican rival 45 percent to 39 percent in August.

Mr. Obama fares better when matched up against actual human beings. In September, Gallup had him more-or-less tied with Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, and other polls have consistently shown the president ahead of all of the GOP candidates with the exception of Romney.

Generic polls are often unreliable because they compare a known quantity to an unknown quantity.

The RealClearPolitics polling average has Mr. Obama leading Romney by 0.7 percentage points, Ron Paul by 6.2 points, Perry by 7.4 points, Herman Cain by 8.0 points, Jon Huntsman by 9.0 points, Michele Bachmann by 14.2 points and Newt Gingrich by 15 points.


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  • by God Bless America Location: tally on Oct 19, 2011 at 09:17 AM
    Americans yes...communist liberals don't.
  • by conservative democrat on Oct 17, 2011 at 06:14 AM
    It is going to be a sad day for America, if ya'll get what ya'll want, A Republican in Office. I wonder then if Congress will fight against this president ya'll want as hard as they have fought President Obama. The President can't do nothing without the senate and Congress, and so far they have fought president Obama tooth and nail, if President Obama says go left they go right... But if your Republican president is elected in 2012 we can kiss America good by because then the republican tea party will really finish their plan, sell America to China!! where are all the jobs, over seas, we export for nothing and pay extremily high prices for imports, people are payed Minimum wage while C.E.O.'s make billions, and big oil and big corporations pay less taxes through loop holoes the the average citizens, BUT I GUESS SOME AMERICANS LIKE THE TEA PARTY REPUBLICAN WAY!!
  • by 1stlttightwad Location: Quitman on Oct 17, 2011 at 05:02 AM
    Proof Obama has no idea of how the economy works. An economy is only successful when the people make and sell a product or service that is in demand and generates a PROFIT. To do this, businesses must be able to have an environment conducive to success and not burdened by gov. regulations and taxes. Obama in his jobs speech pitch keeps harping on teachers, firemen, and police. While these are essential they DO NOT MAKE OR PRODUCE ANYTHING THAT GENERATES A PROFIT. For the most part they are union and his JOBS bill is being seen for what it is....STIMULUS II we know how his stimulus one with all of its shovel ready (ha, ha) jobs did and now he wants to do it all over again..What's the definition of INSANITY? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Well, there you go. The shoe fits. Doesn't it.
  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Oct 17, 2011 at 02:31 AM
    I wish God Bless America would post more. I learn a lot from his (her) posts. I especially like it when the same post is, in essence, repeated 3 times.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 16, 2011 at 10:46 PM
    BHO will be a one term president. This election is about the economy and jobs. Neither of which BHO has provided an appropriate solution but has made the situation worse.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 16, 2011 at 05:12 PM
    the Republicans don't have anybody better to offer for president. they're all on the take.
  • by God Bless America Location: tally on Oct 16, 2011 at 05:09 PM
    OBAMA!!! leave already!!
  • by Elizabeth Location: tally on Oct 16, 2011 at 09:25 AM
    Obama one term president take Gov BALD BULLY with you
  • by God Bless America Location: tally on Oct 15, 2011 at 05:29 PM
    Mr. Obama....America does not want you. Step down now!
  • by 1stlttightwad Location: Quitman on Oct 15, 2011 at 12:38 PM
    Obama Will be defeated.....by his own record..failure on all fronts.
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