“Do you think the Democratic party should renominate Barack Obama, or a different candidate for president in 2012?”
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new CNN and ORC International poll finds 27% of Democrats would rather see a candidate other than Barack Obama for president as their party’s nominate in 2012. The new poll is another indication of Democratic unhappiness with the president, but it does not mean Obama will face a challenge in his party’s primaries.
In response to the question, “Do you think the Democratic party should renominate Barack Obama as the party’s candidate for president in 2012, or do you think the Democratic party should nominate a different candidate for president in 2012?” — 72% said they wanted to see Obama renominated.
But 27%, slightly more than one in every four, said they wanted to see Democrats nominate a different candidate. One percent had no opinion.
In a survey taken in early August, 28% of Democrats said they wanted a different candidate. Polls taken in July and before showed Obama in a stronger position, with no more than 22% saying they preferred a different candidate.
Despite the complaints of a few liberals like Sen. Bernard Sanders, the odds of a Democrat opposing the president appear to be something less than zero. But the new poll is still a matter of concern to Democrats, because it is yet another indication that there is significant disillusionment with the president within his own party.
Whether those disaffected Democrats will come around to supporting Obama next year is an open question — and perhaps the most worrying of the president’s re-election bid.