Gallop: Obama in Close Race Against Romney, Perry, Bachmann, Paul

The interesting thing about this new poll is the way Drudge is shaping the story with his headline.

Drudge

What’s the more newsworthy item? That Romney and Perry are beating Obama or that Paul and Bachmann are “closely matched”?

Interesting…

Comments

  • Rob
  • http://scottslant.blogspot.com/ Scott A. Robinson

    The most interesting thing about this poll is that all four Republicans are within the margin of error!

    Does this mean Americans believe the four candidates are all that good or that Americans are willing to take anyone other than Barack Obama? I believe it is the latter.

    If this is the case, what do you think of your “Representative Democracy” when 10% of the registered voters (typical primary turnout rate) may very well decide who the next most powerful person in the world is?

    • Alaina

      Personally, I think it stinks because the winner is decided well before the Texas primary… which makes the struggling of my decision to pick a horse somewhat pointless.

      • JE

        Alaina, as an illinoisan i am there with you. I may vote in the primary but not sure for whom yet. Voting in the general for president is a waste of time as illinois will go for obama regardless.
        To speak what many on here consider blasphemy, i am near to the point of skipping voting altogether. We are becoming more and more of a banana republic anyway. We insult other countries when they don’t elect who we want them to and say they aren’t really a democracy, yet our system is resembling it more all the time. Yes, work hard in the primary to get your person,blah, blah, blah. And you get romney vs. perry to take on obama.
        I feel like lewis black did when he voted bush vs gore. I may stand there the voting booth with the pencil and do the only logical thing i can…jam it in my ear.

        • Alaina

          You have to vote… If you can’t bring yourself to vote for the Republican, do what I did for the 2010 election… I couldn’t bring myself to vote for Perry, but I couldn’t bring myself to vote for the Dem so I just skipped that line and voted for everything else.

          • Rochelle

            I write my dad in every time I can’t vote for the candidates on the ballot. I’ve told my friends too. It think there is a chance, if I’m not careful, we may accidentally vote him into public office. lol

            • Alaina

              That would be pretty funny!

      • Brian H

        I’m in the same boat with you. The largest Red State in the union has no significant, if any, impact on deciding who is likely to be the party nominee, yet, Iowa and NH are must wins for the horses. Silly.

  • Brian H

    This is a two horse race, Romney and Perry.

    Which of the two do you you believe would be more likely to beat Obama?

    • Rob

      Paul.

      • Brian H

        This is a two horse race, Romney and Perry.
        Which of the two do you you believe would be more likely to beat Obama?

        • Whodat

          Rob is a perfect Paulite…Tenacious to the max. I like people who really believe in something or someone. Seriously. Now, Rob, what is your take on 1) Easter Bunny 2) Santa Claus 3) Global Warming
          4) Viagra 5) Odds-on-world-peace 6) Texans-to-Super-Bowl 7)Painlessly removing back hair

          • Promise Kept

            Brian declares it a two horse race, says who he believes they are, then juxtaposes them against Obama and asks for a which one opinion.
            Rob injects neither, but who he believes should be the only one, to Brian’s redundant reply, because he didn’t get a respectful answer from Rob.
            Personally, I would have let Brian’s question lie, because if I didn’t accept his premise, I couldn’t give a truthful answer, and it wasn’t worth trying to insert humor to try and challenge it.
            All you got out of this, Rob, was a well deserved taunt from Whodat, dude.

            • Alaina

              What if you don’t like any of the four listed in the article? Then what do you do? I’m so distressed about this…

              • http://scottslant.blogspot.com/ Scott A. Robinson

                You take the one that most closely matches your views or your run yourself!

              • Brian H

                Scott. I would take the horse that most closely matches my views if I did not believe that horse was the best horse to beat Obama. Some may say that I have no convictions but I am trying to be pragmatic and my ultimate goal is a government not ran by Democrats. What do you think?

              • Alaina

                Well, that would probably be Bachmann, but I can’t stand her…

            • Brian H

              I am honestly convinced at this point we are looking a two horse field. My attempt was to get legitimate feedback regarding the two horses I believe are in contention. Again. My goal is to elect a candidate who will defeat Obama so I would like feedback on which horse that would be. As the poll suggests, I do think Mitt is the stronger candidate.

              • DW

                Yeah, ’cause that strategy worked so well last time the GOP tried to beat Obama. Nominating the person who you think will beat the opponent is exactly what is wrong with the GOP party leadership approach. We all should be voting for the person we believe will be the best POTUS.

              • Brian H

                Again. Keep in mind that McCain ran way ahead of others in the GOP during that election cycle. Who would have beaten Obama in 2008?

              • Troy La Mana

                Yes, but is the cure worse then the disease?

              • Rochelle

                Mitt did better with both independents and democrats in the poll. I think that makes him more viable.

                I didn’t think McCain could ever win, btw. I don’t even think he was the establishment choice. I think Huckabee took Romney out and McCain was all that was left.

                But that is old news and this is today.

          • Brian H

            “Painlessly removing back hair”
            HAHAHAHHAHAHHA………………………………..

            Dat was funny!!

      • http://www.politicalderby.com/ Jason Wright, Editor

        “In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory,[2] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[3] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.[4] The noun troll may refer to the provocative message itself, as in: “That was an excellent troll you posted”. While the word troll and its associated verb trolling are associated with Internet discourse, media attention in recent years has made such labels subjective, with trolling describing intentionally provocative actions outside of an online context.”

        • Promise Kept

          Where are you quoting from, Jason? That’s a good working definition, and helps clarify the frustration we’ve all dealt with when we are forced to deal with trolls, or worse, get lumped in with them by others eager to write off better reasoning.
          I don’t mind being called a Hobbit, however, because of their legendary strength of courage and character for their size, against much larger foes, and over the corrupting influence of the Ring of Power that they brought to it’s ultimate destruction for the Liberty of Middle Earth.

          • Brian H

            I didn’t understand that movie. Any Finding Nemo analogies?

            • Promise Kept

              “The Lord of the Rings”, series was written after, “The Hobbit”, when J.R.R. Tolkien and CS Lewis, (“The Chronicles of Narnia” author), were friends and contemporaries in writing books to teach Christian principles in allegory forms, in their respective works.
              I’ve only seen, “Finding Nemo”, once, so I can’t translate my comparison into something more fishy for you, Brian. Sorry Charlie!

  • Troy La Mana

    So where are the rest of the candidates?

  • Rob

    Further proof that anyone saying Paul couldn’t beat Obama is delusional.

    • Stephen Meehan

      Color me delusional

  • JOE W

    I just think it’s really cool how the blog is named political derby and the poll is gallop.

    • Gary Russell

      Ha! I didn’t catch that. Nice.

  • Promise Kept

    I noticed that you corrected the descending order in the Gallop headline, Jason. Thanks.
    Paul did indeed come in ahead of Bachmann in this polling, though closer than her fading bloom on the campaign trail will be able to hold onto much longer.

    • http://www.politicalderby.com/ Jason Wright, Editor

      Not sure what you mean, I simply cut and pasted the headline.

      • Promise Kept

        I hadn’t noticed the c&p intro to the stats. I just went straight to the stats, and then noticed the difference between Gallop’s headline and how the actual order read.

  • Alaina

    What? Paul Ryan is out? Dang… I have no idea what to do now… I was holding out for him…

    As for the topic of this post, I don’t know… I’m too depressed that those are the only four that I have to choose from…

    • http://www.politicalderby.com/ Jason Wright, Editor

      Ryan’s just reminding us why he’s a smart guy. He wasn’t going to win and would have only been distracted. I’m glad he didn’t change mind.

      • Alaina

        Ryan gave me a little hope that I might be able to cast my vote for someone who is both viable and I truly believe would make a good President. I just can’t figure out what to do… the only one of the lot that I actually like is Cain, but he doesn’t have a shot. Romney is a flip-flopping moderate, Perry is the Texas version of Romney (except I truly believe, but have no proof that Perry is a crook), Bachmann embarasses Conservative women everywhere and Paul is Paul.

      • Brian H

        Jason. Why do you say Ryan was’t going to win? Do you mean the primary or general? Do you believe it would be because he lacked the organization or do you think some other reasons would have kept him from victory? I assumed he would have been one of the favs to win if he entered.

        • http://www.politicalderby.com/ Jason Wright, Editor

          There’s a reason we don’t elect House members to the White House. Even with all the budget deal hubbub, his name ID outside hardcore junkies is next to nada. Plus the Tea Party already has Paul and Bachmann, where does Paul fit in? I really like the guy, but he would likely have gone the route of Duncan Hunter.

          • Brian H

            True about house members,and Senate as well.

    • Red State Eddie

      I think Ryan would make an awesome VP for certain candidates like Perry. And Joe Biden would be slain in the spirit by the end of each VP debate if he faced Ryan.