Skip to comments.Could Ron Paul Beat Obama for President?
Posted on 04/20/2010 4:59:10 AM PDT by IbJensen
According to a recent Rasmussen poll, Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) and President Barack Obama would be virtually tied if the 2012 presidential election were held today. The poll result is perhaps surprising, considering that during Ron Paul's 2008 presidential bid for the Republican nomination the major media cast him as a dark horse with no chance of winning. But that was before the financial meltdown in the fall of 2008, the Obama Presidency, and the Tea Party movement of the past year.
Rasmussen surveyed 1,000 likely voters by phone over April 12 and 13 to gauge the current public attitude toward the constitutionalist congressman. The main question was: "If the [2012 presidential] election were held today, would you vote for Republican Ron Paul or Democrat Barack Obama?" The poll found that Barack Obama would get 42 percent of the vote and Ron Paul 41 percent the 1 percent difference well within the poll's margin of error.
The poll and its questions in their entirety break down as follows:
1* Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of Ron Paul?
10% Very favorable
29% Somewhat favorable
18% Somewhat unfavorable
12% Very unfavorable
32% Not sure
2* In thinking about the 2012 Presidential election suppose you had a choice between Republican Ron Paul and Democrat Barack Obama. If the election were held today, would you vote for Republican Ron Paul or Democrat Barack Obama?
11% Some other candidate
6% Not sure
3* Is Ron Paul a divisive force in the Republican Party, or is he representative of a new direction for the party?
21% He is a divisive force in the Republican party
34% He is representative of a new direction for the party
45% Not sure
4* Does Ron Paul share the values of most Republican voters throughout the nation?
54% Not sure
To see Rasmussen's report on its poll, click here.
It is also interesting to note that Barack Obamas popularity has been in a downward slide during his Presidency to date.
On Congressman Pauls side, things are different. With frequent television interviews, commentaries on the issues, and appearances in person all of which have continued long past his campaign in the last presidential election he has ample opportunity to keep in the public eye and make further clear his stands on behalf of the Constitution. There is nothing like being a go to guy for the media when observations on current affairs or a hot topic of the day is needed. He also has several books out that delineate his views and help to maintain his reputation for consistency and for constitutionality. Many voters like what Ron Paul is saying. And many voters are also becoming very concerned about what they see happening to their country since the last presidential election.
So perhaps it's not really too surprising after all that according to a recent survey Ron Paul would be a very viable candidate for President were he to decide to run.
Fox News has played him down in no small part, and the fair and balanced darling Shawn Hannity ignores him, or is down right venomous toward him. If Dr. Paul was to be "show cased" in the same manner as the RINO Mit Romney, he would come to be a rock star in a matter of days.
Let's all keep this in mind and think for ourselves. None of the media outlets are our friends-including Fox News.
He could have beaten him last time. McCain was the worst possible candidate.
...cue the, “Oh jeez, not this s*** again!” poster...
I would never vote for such an anti military freakshow.
LOL...fun to watch the paulistas sometimes
no just no, but h*ll no.
kook paul is the useful idiot candidate.
it is shaping up to be yet another vote splitter election in 2010 and 2012
Ron Paul is a lost cause as a potential national leader.
He leads a small slice of people who consider themselves to be conservatives. Nothing wrong with that. But he will never have borader appeal. Stop pushing him on the rest of us who have considered him and found him lacking.
I am no a Ron Paul fan, but I would vote for Ron Paul before I would vote for Mitt Romney.
A vote for Paul, Romney, Hucklebee, will mean total disaster, four more years of Obama and the complete end to America as we know it! I’m not even sure Palin is the right choice! A third party is a a total loser so we best not allow the media types or the Rino repubs to decide who we shold put forth for a presidential candidate!
Ron Paul-Obama debate topics:
Who hates Israel more?
Who hates the Jewish capitalists more?
Who loves marijuana more?
Who loves Dennis Kucinich more?
“Could Ron Paul Beat Obama for President?”
If that’s the best we have......we’re in deep doo doo!!
The Republicans have a 2012 problem, but I seriously doubt that Ron Paul is the answer. These poll results prove nothing.
It’s like you read my mind!
I see know evidence Ron Paul could have beaten Obama....none!!!
Agreed.....not saying much!
ROFL ROFL ROFL
Bugs Bunny could beat Obama for President.
Saw it right after I hit the post button....need more coffee!!!
But there's no question in my mind that the 32% who are "not sure", after a year-long campaign run by the MSM, would BE sure - that he was the devil himself.
Actually Ron Paul deserves a good beating.
The guy reminds me of Ernest T Bass from the old Andy Griffith show. Annoying little gnat that just won’t go away.
Ron Paul is a joke.
He bought those votes at the SRLC.
(Cue laugh track here)
Paul would have run rings around Obama.
Paul is like Perot all talk but no game. Earmarks, gold standard, fed reserve etc. etc. There are no players willing to cut social security how would he get any part of his agenda passed?
Yup. The only way social security is ending is when the checks start bouncing.
Like surrendering in Iraq and Afghanistan? Or blaming 9-11 on U.S. Mideast policy? How about accusing "neocons and those nasty "joos" for drumming up hostility against poor Iran? While some of Paul's other ideas have merit, he's off the charts on too many other issues.
Maybe so, but he wouldn't have won the election. C'mon -- he never broke double digits with GOPers... how, pray tell, could he appeal to the rest of the country?
Polls show Newt Gingrich tied with Obama as well. The polls simple show that Obama has a current approval of 45%, with an equal number ready to vote for “somebody else”.
But I agree with the poster — the reason for the polling numbers are that most people don’t know Ron Paul. Instead, they know the version of Ron Paul that the media has given, which is a quite favorable view because Ron likes to attack other Republicans, which makes him popular.
If people knew his actual views, he wouldn’t be polling so well.
Hint: The answer is "No."
Obama would just about wee-wee himself for his good fortune to be able to run to the right of his opponent on multiple issues, even after 4 years in office—and dupe the apathetic middle with his “moderation” for a second time around.
McCain was indeed the WORST possible candidate and the weakest of the Pubbie herd. Foisted on the voters by a corrupt and mismanaged primary system.
Paul, though a smart man, was never ‘Presidential Timber’ himself. He has many GOOD ideas however he some some others that totally disqualify him from being the leader on the free world.
The media sold the current occupant in the whitehouse to the people with no qualifications, no experience, and total anti-American agenda. All hype-all the time.
All depends on who the media backs.
“he reminds me of the guy that played magneto on X-men”
He IS the guy that played Magneto on X-Men!
Its funny how many so called conservatives here would cheer for Obama over Paul.
I don’t agree with everything Paul supports. But I agree with him more than I agree with Romney or McCain or Obama. And I know that regardless of what the naysayers shriek, he would not mothball the entire military his first day in office. Even presidents don’t weild that much power. Sure we would be steered in a less interventionist direction and more thought might go into our committing troops to foreign conflicts. But the neocon invade everyone mantra is what has alienated so many people in this country. Perhaps we need to temper our decisions more when putting our troops in harms way.
“If Dr. Paul was to be “show cased” in the same manner as the RINO Mit Romney, he would come to be a rock star in a matter of days.”
I have to agree with you. Also, if the Republican party trots out yet another joke of a mainstream Republican for the next election, I will stay home for the first time since I was eligible to vote. I already held my nose and voted for McCain. I’m done with that.
I would vote for either of Palin, Paul or (dear God, please) Allen West should he decide to set his sights higher. I’m open to voting for another candidate who is not on this list and who is NOT some pathetic warmed over failure from the overwhelming majority of the Republican party but that’s about it.