Poll: Voters prefer “Generic Republican” to President Obama

posted at 2:30 pm on June 9, 2011 by Tina Korbe

By 45 percent to 42 percent, likely U.S. voters said they would prefer a generic Republican candidate to President Barack Obama in a 2012 presidential matchup, according to a poll released this week by Rasmussen Reports. That’s the second week in a row Obama has “lost” to a faceless candidate.

Men especially want a president from the Grand Old Party — they gave the generic candidate an eight-point boost over Obama. Middle-income voters also favored the Republican. Younger voters, not surprisingly, favored the incumbent, and the vast majority — 96 percent — of black voters also supported Obama.

Importantly, though, in every Rasmussen 2012 election poll of this year, Obama has had support of no more than about 42 percent to 49 percent. As the poll summary points out, “An incumbent who earns support below 50 percent is generally considered politically vulnerable.” That impression is especially underscored by this most recent poll.

Thank you, Mr. Rasmussen, for recognizing what so few pollsters seem to: Head-to-head match-ups between Obama and specific candidates for the Republican nomination cannot possibly reflect the extent to which the voting public just might want to see a change in the White House.

True, in those one-to-one comparisons, Obama consistently edges out all the GOP potentials except for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — and that suggests voters still tend to think of Obama as more prepared for the presidency than any of the right’s primary contenders. In fact, the Rasmussen poll confirms that:

Interestingly, however, while 54 percent of voters view Obama as qualified to be president, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is the only Republican 2012 hopeful that a sizable number of voters considers qualified for the White House. Forty-nine percent (49%) say Romney is qualified to be president.

But that will change when Republicans have an actual nominee. Voters will automatically start to look at that candidate as from a slightly more presidential cast.

In the meantime, the two-week trend away from Obama and toward a generic GOP-er appropriately mitigates the impression created by polls that show Obama outstripping GOP candidates who haven’t yet had a chance to make a powerful impression on the national stage.


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Void/Empty Space ’12!

portlandon on June 9, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Mystery Date!

carbon_footprint on June 9, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Generic/West 2012!

profitsbeard on June 9, 2011 at 2:33 PM

“GOP No-Name”? So Huntsman is involved in this somehow?

WesternActor on June 9, 2011 at 2:34 PM

We wouldn’t die if we didn’t have a President for 4 years.

fossten on June 9, 2011 at 2:34 PM

His friends call him “Gen” for short.

kingsjester on June 9, 2011 at 2:34 PM

You know, they say that but as soon as you add a Republican name then all of a sudden people prefer Barry over that particular Republican candidate. That tells me that people are far too fickle.

mizflame98 on June 9, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Generic Republican… Gosh Ed, another Pawlenty thread?

myrenovations on June 9, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Will the real Nobama please stand up so we can vote for you!

Steve Z on June 9, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Generic/West 2012!

profitsbeard on June 9, 2011 at 2:33 PM

ABO/West! And then, West/Anybody in 2016.

VegasRick on June 9, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Generic Republican… Gosh Ed, another Pawlenty thread?

myrenovations on June 9, 2011 at 2:35 PM

*rimshot!

carbon_footprint on June 9, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Poll: Voters prefer “Generic Republican” “My Left Testicle” to President Obama

FIFY…

Seven Percent Solution on June 9, 2011 at 2:38 PM

I am strongly in favor of voting for Anyone Else in 2012. I heard their policies are some of the best we have seen in nearly three years.

RDE2010 on June 9, 2011 at 2:40 PM

I’m hoping this is one of those game shows where a piece is revealed one at a time and Perry is under there.

Marcus on June 9, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Anybody But Bush didn’t work for the Libs in ’04. Why would it work for us now?

portlandon on June 9, 2011 at 2:44 PM

But that will change when Republicans have an actual nominee. Voters will automatically start to look at that candidate as from a slightly more presidential cast.

Precisely. The primary process sharpens the best candidates, as they have to refine their message and policies during debates etc.

They also build momentum (X candidate won Iowa, came in 3rd in NH, and won 75% of the Super Tuesday primaries. I’d better take a closer look at them!) and prepare them for the general election.

cs89 on June 9, 2011 at 2:45 PM

I don’t know…..ABO doesn’t have much executive experience but I could get behind him for VP

How about this?

Ham Sandwich/ABO 2012

Ditkaca on June 9, 2011 at 2:48 PM

It is small comfort that Generic Republican can been the Manchurian Dingbat. Unfortunately, we have to come up with a real candidate.

Really Right on June 9, 2011 at 2:51 PM

That picture is obviously a WHITE guy. racists!

sidemeat on June 9, 2011 at 2:52 PM

“Mitt Palin” the next President of the United States

Hening on June 9, 2011 at 2:54 PM

I’m hoping this is one of those game shows where a piece is revealed one at a time and Perry is under there.

Marcus on June 9, 2011 at 2:42 PM

HOST:For our next game we would like you to guess the cost of this Presidential Candidate: Barack Obama.
CONTESTANT: I’m going to go with negative four trillion dollars.
HOST: WOW Folks! The Price is Right!

RDE2010 on June 9, 2011 at 2:55 PM

I hope generic republican does not run because they can’t win!!1!!11!

pappy on June 9, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Didn’t they make a movie about this called The RINO who Never Was?

Akzed on June 9, 2011 at 2:55 PM

If only we could elect this generic fellow. I like the cut of his gib!

abobo on June 9, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Well it isn’t NEWT. His Campaign staff just quit.

tetriskid on June 9, 2011 at 2:56 PM

OT: now the NYT want help as well….

unstinkingbelievable….

cmsinaz on June 9, 2011 at 3:00 PM

There’s that fire in my belly. I’m still 50/50 though as to if I’m going to run.

Generic Republican on June 9, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Well it isn’t NEWT. His Campaign staff just quit.

tetriskid on June 9, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Oh boy, listening to the reasons why on Fox.

Knucklehead on June 9, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Nader/Kucinich makes as much sense as Obama/Biden
Or Romney/??? for that matter

esnap on June 9, 2011 at 3:03 PM

OT: Gingrich Campaing Team resigning in droves

portlandon on June 9, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Even this guy would be better than keeping Barry… Who cares about the birth certificate anyway…

RalphyBoy on June 9, 2011 at 3:04 PM

That picture is obviously a WHITE guy. racists!
sidemeat on June 9, 2011 at 2:52 PM

You forgot to say that it is also sexist. You sexist!

DamnCat on June 9, 2011 at 3:05 PM

OT: Gingrich Campaing Team resigning in droves

portlandon on June 9, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Well, that was a sad little sideshow in the presidential race, wasn’t it?

Guess he’ll have to buy some pretty earrings to take the pain away.

KingGold on June 9, 2011 at 3:06 PM

breaking from foxnews Newt’s senior staff resigned enmass just now…….

unseen on June 9, 2011 at 3:06 PM

OT: Gingrich Campaing Team resigning in droves

portlandon on June 9, 2011 at 3:04 PM

They all split, all of them according to Fox. They have no faith in his candidacy per Fox. The vacation was the last straw.

Knucklehead on June 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM

I’ve legally changed my name to ‘Anybody But Obama’; who wants to contribute to my Presidential campaign?

michaelo on June 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Looks like “Anybody But Obama” might make it to the ballot… Sweeeet!
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RalphyBoy on June 9, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Forty-nine percent (49%) say Romney is qualified to be president.

A majority say Romney is unqualified to be president!!!! He’ll never win! He shouldn’t run because we need someone electable and current polling shows it’s not Romney!!!!!

/

alwaysfiredup on June 9, 2011 at 3:09 PM

They all split, all of them according to Fox. They have no faith in his candidacy per Fox. The vacation was the last straw.

Knucklehead on June 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Yeah, this “serious Candidate” Gingrich, just showed us what a “real serious” candidate looks like.

I don’t blame his candidate staff, they probably are looking to work this year and will be jumping to Mitt/Pawlenty/Huntsman/Bachmann teams now.

portlandon on June 9, 2011 at 3:11 PM

who wants to contribute to my Presidential campaign?

michaelo on June 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM

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Consider my last post and endorsement…
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RalphyBoy on June 9, 2011 at 3:12 PM

OT: still playing ‘gotcha’ with sarah, and vetting obama prior to elections, no way no how…PATHETIC

cmsinaz on June 9, 2011 at 2:53 PM

One of the comments….

“I don’t remember the Post asking for folks to help read the two thousand-some-odd page health care bill.”

Touche.

tencole on June 9, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Wow has any candidate ever had his entire staff quit on him?

either way newt is now finished….

unseen on June 9, 2011 at 3:14 PM

What happens when they read 25,000 emails and find nothing but a hard working, caring wife and mother?

How is that evilPalin meme going to be able to survive…..I think this is one of those careful what you wish for. They have made Palin into this evil nonhuman person what happens when the emails show her as a good PERSON?

unseen on June 9, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Tencole

Heh :)

cmsinaz on June 9, 2011 at 3:17 PM

There’s that fire in my belly. I’m still 50/50 though as to if I’m going to run.

Generic Republican on June 9, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Wow! Either someone, way back in the day, registered this user name and brought it out with absolutely perfect timing, or one of the admins is sock-puppeting us Ace-of-Spades-style. My money’s on the latter. Bravo, Ed/AllahP! :-)

Mary in LA on June 9, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Unseen. Indeed

Funny this feels like 2000 elections….they did their own count and found W DID win Florida….

cmsinaz on June 9, 2011 at 3:19 PM

We all know that Generic Republican is a RINO. He supported that one issue when all the Tea Parties were totally against it. My candidate is much better and isn’t a RINO unlike Generic Republican.

TheQuestion on June 9, 2011 at 3:20 PM

That generic Republican resembles Dubya to my eyes.

Laddy on June 9, 2011 at 3:20 PM

“Generic Republican” has only gone through rudimentary character assassination in the press, though, and a lot of people are still uninformed enough to blindly believe journalists.

malclave on June 9, 2011 at 3:22 PM

OT: still playing ‘gotcha’ with sarah, and vetting obama prior to elections, no way no how…PATHETIC

cmsinaz on June 9, 2011 at 2:53 PM

One of the comments….

“I don’t remember the Post asking for folks to help read the two thousand-some-odd page health care bill.”

Touche.

tencole on June 9, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Link, please? Thx.

GrannyDee on June 9, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Anybody But Bush didn’t work for the Libs in ’04. Why would it work for us now?

portlandon on June 9, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Because, Mr. Portlandon – Obama ain’t no Bush.

catmman on June 9, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Newt is done, finished, over…..next

unseen on June 9, 2011 at 3:30 PM

There’s that fire in my belly. I’m still 50/50 though as to if I’m going to run.

Generic Republican on June 9, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Comment of the year. Timing was almost perfect.

TheQuestion on June 9, 2011 at 3:31 PM

What happens when they read 25,000 emails and find nothing but a hard working, caring wife and mother?

How is that evilPalin meme going to be able to survive…..I think this is one of those careful what you wish for. They have made Palin into this evil nonhuman person what happens when the emails show her as a good PERSON?

unseen on June 9, 2011 at 3:16 PM

You don’t understand the Left, so you.

If that is the case, she’ll be accused of not embracing the true tenets of Feminism. A person who constantly subordinates herself to the men around her – her husband, McCain – and who by her actions continues to practice the outmoded concepts of the 1950′s subservient woman.

See how easy it is to be a Leftist?

catmman on June 9, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Granny, go back to my original post, linky there

cmsinaz on June 9, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Anyone but O 2012

tjexcite on June 9, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Because, Mr. Portlandon – Obama ain’t no Bush.

catmman on June 9, 2011 at 3:28 PM

You can’t win with a negative or blank slate. I don’t care how bad Obama is voters will not simply switch horses for no reason. then also the more the candidate is different form Obama the bigger the MANDATE the new POTUS gets. If Mitt wins what is his mandate? repeal obamacare? pols will say voters voted for Mitt inpsite of Romneycare therefore Obamacare wasn’t important…..No epa regulations? pols will say Mitt’s embrace of the AGw means voters want the EPA to conitnue their work,,,,and on and on. His mandate will be nil. And we will get more of the same but with tax cuts!

yeh1

unseen on June 9, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Granny, go back to my original post, linky there

cmsinaz on June 9, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Tx, hon. Got it. For some reason the link didn’t show up until I refreshed the page.

GrannyDee on June 9, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Barry is going to be a ‘one-term wonder’, just like Jimmah.

GarandFan on June 9, 2011 at 3:35 PM

See how easy it is to be a Leftist?

catmman on June 9, 2011 at 3:32 PM

but it is not the leftist I care about. It is the indies and moderates that will see the lack of evidence…..

unseen on June 9, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Great
:)

cmsinaz on June 9, 2011 at 3:37 PM

why is this generic avatar a man’s outline?

palin and bachmann gettin no love at HA?

DrW on June 9, 2011 at 3:39 PM

unseen on June 9, 2011 at 3:36 PM

You don’t have much of a sense of humor, do you?

catmman on June 9, 2011 at 3:40 PM

I prefer a randomly chosen name from a Paris phone book to ObaMao.

ps. There are multiple towns named Paris in the USofA.

Slowburn on June 9, 2011 at 3:41 PM

You don’t have much of a sense of humor, do you?

catmman on June 9, 2011 at 3:40 PM

it decreases with age for some reason….

unseen on June 9, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Anybody But Bush didn’t work for the Libs in ’04. Why would it work for us now?

portlandon on June 9, 2011 at 2:44 PM

The economy was substantially better in 2004 and the Dems nominated John Kerry, for God’s sake. Ron Paul is more likeable than John Kerry.

Bush didn’t try to ram through Health Care reform and make it darn near impossible for any company whose Board of Directors’ heads aren’t in a permanently dark place to hire new people.

There are plenty more reasons that anybody but Obama has a better chance at success than anybody but Bush did. Don’t forget, the U.S. is still a center-right country.

kscheuller on June 9, 2011 at 3:55 PM

unseen on June 9, 2011 at 3:44 PM

I know what you mean. But mine has increased for some reason.

Maybe because if I don’t laugh I’ll cry?

catmman on June 9, 2011 at 3:57 PM

I like Generic Republican because of his military experience and his tax policies. Generic Republican is who I am voting for in the Primaries.

MaAybe we should put him in the Republican Class poll that comes up every week or month.

jeffn21 on June 9, 2011 at 4:13 PM

I would vote for a generic or mystery Republican too rather that Obama. Not a hard call for most voters.

clnurnberg on June 9, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Can we have the GOP primary AFTER the general election?

hawksruleva on June 9, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Watch the media to find some dirt on Generic Republican in the next few days.

And of course, they’ll be sure to try and trip him up with a question about some policy that the GOP base will get angered with, like AGW or gay marriage. Then the DC elite of the GOP will declare that Generic Republican has been too tarnished to win, and propose the nomination of Lefty Republican.

hawksruleva on June 9, 2011 at 4:31 PM

why is this generic avatar a man’s outline?

palin and bachmann gettin no love at HA?

DrW on June 9, 2011 at 3:39 PM

If it was a woman’s outline, we’d all get distracted and turn into high-school teenagers.

hawksruleva on June 9, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Palin is my Generic Republican.

Don’t hate me. Still prefer Newt, Mitt, Rudy, Huckie …. or even tehTerminador over Obambo should any of them becomes the nominee.

I’m just an anti-socialist!

TheAlamos on June 9, 2011 at 4:38 PM

“Generic Republican” aka Rick Perry.

Jobs, jobs, jobs!

TallDave on June 9, 2011 at 4:42 PM

I would vote for Mitt or Newt over Obama. Hell, I would vote for Biden over OBama.

Laurence on June 9, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Yeah, the cutout is WHITE! And Obama is BLACK! That’s why you hateful Republicans like it over Obama, you filthy racists.

Oh Lord, you know there are countless doofus Democrats who would put out the above stupid contention, believing it to be true.

TiminPhx on June 9, 2011 at 5:01 PM

And Allahpundit, Frum, Brooks, Parker, Mephistopheles, Beltway Republicans, et al, are working day and night to make sure nobody ever seems to be Mr. Generic.

Knott Buyinit on June 9, 2011 at 5:02 PM

While I was walking down the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there.

He wasn’t there again today but I support him anyway.

KW64 on June 9, 2011 at 7:23 PM

I’d vote for canned orange juice first.

Rea1ityCheck on June 9, 2011 at 9:47 PM

unseen: “You can’t win with a negative or blank slate.”

Obama won as a blank slate on whom voters projected whatever they wanted to see. He mentioned that himself. So it can be done.

Mitt Romney can do it. Tim Pawlenty can do it. If he could win the nomination in the first place, I think even Jon Huntsman could do it.

David Blue on June 9, 2011 at 10:57 PM

hawksruleva: “Watch the media to find some dirt on Generic Republican in the next few days.”

Or they’ll invent some bogus scandal, like the mountains of unaccounted for “super explosive” that everybody forgot the day after George W. Bush was re-elected.

hawksruleva: “And of course, they’ll be sure to try and trip him up with a question about some policy that the GOP base will get angered with, like AGW or gay marriage. Then the DC elite of the GOP will declare that Generic Republican has been too tarnished to win, and propose the nomination of Lefty Republican.”

Who they’ll call the Moderate Republican, while calling Generic Republican Radical Right-Wing Republican.

And Generic Republican will probably win anyway, because too many voters will be on food stamps (and not liking it) for Obama to be re-elected.

I hope that Generic Republican is Tim Pawlenty. Anyway, I’m sure Tim is up to the task. A year in which the best candidate is Generic Republican is perfect for him.

David Blue on June 9, 2011 at 11:06 PM

Stop the insanity!
Vote conservative!

Mark7788 on June 10, 2011 at 1:38 AM

..Vote Generic Republican.
Keep the government checks
………COMING!……….

Slowburn on June 10, 2011 at 9:06 AM