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March 26th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Started thinking about your 2012 vote?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Here in the Situation Room, it's never too soon to start thinking about the next big election... So here goes:

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll - taken before the health care vote - shows Americans are split right down the middle on whether Pres. Obama should be re-elected in 2012.

47 percent of registered voters say they would vote for him... while 47 percent say they would back an unnamed Republican.

It's worth pointing out that at the same point in Bill Clinton's first term - he was trailing an unnamed Republican by 15 points... yet he went on to win two years later.

The poll also shows a majority - 54 percent - believe that Mr. Obama will be a one-term president.

What's interesting is a lot of the same gender and generation gaps that we saw at the polls in 2008 still hold true: Pres. Obama has a significant advantage among younger voters and women... yet he loses among men and older voters. And, in what might be keeping some Democrats up at night: Independents currently favor the Republican by 11 points.

Among Democrats - more than three in four say they want the president re-nominated in 2012... Of course, there are some still holding out hope that Hillary Clinton will make another go at it... which would be something to watch.

Meanwhile, on the Republican side - no clear front-runner, with three potential candidates - Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee - all within a few points of each other at the top of the pack.

Here’s my question to you: Have you started thinking about who you will vote for for president in 2012?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Rob writes:
Yes, I have, Jack, and the first candidate who wants to end the imbalance of free trade and bring jobs back to the U.S. has my vote.

Ben in Boston writes:
Jack, It's too early to pick a specific person, but I don't like back-room deals, lack of transparency, big spending, financial burdens for our progeny as far as the mind can fathom, mandates, and government control that we have now. So, I will be voting against the kind of change we have seen recently.

David in Oregon writes:
I would like to see Hillary Clinton stay in politics. If you look at the political scenery nowadays, she is the most seasoned and wisest politician in the country.

Mark in Boston writes:
Not at all. But, I'm sure it won't be the Palin-Beck ticket.

Jose in Miami writes:
No. This guy is just getting started. Everyone will be surprised.

Sam in Dallas writes:
Simply "no." However with the passage of the health care bill, President Obama has somewhat changed the face of his presidency. From my perspective as an independent, the Democrats and the president have accomplished one great thing.

Megan in Massachusetts writes:
I'm with Newt all the way. He will put Obama under the table intellectually.

Brian in Boise, Idaho writes:
Jack, I'm voting for Obama no matter what because from what I can see, the only people running for the GOP nod are total idiots: Huckabee denies evolution, Romney flip-flopped on health care reform and his face looks like a cereal box, Gingrich is a corrupt beltway insider and Palin, I'm pretty sure, is the product of a conjugal visit between Charles Manson and Ann Coulter. These are not ideal options.


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soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. AlphaPoe1

    Absolutely will vote for President Obama. No more republicans! They cause recessions and ruin the country.

    March 26, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  2. Amber - Austin, TX

    Yes we CAN. Yes we DID. Yes will WILL AGAIN!

    Obama '12.

    March 26, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
  3. Tina Tx

    Always vote Democrat because the Republicans do not and never will help the little man. They are all about helping themselves and their big business friends. Why the little poor man votes Republican boggles my mind. The rich man wants us to keep working for peanuts while they get richer. At least the Democrats have not yet become so greedy they have stopped helping mankind.

    March 26, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  4. victoria

    i am a huge republican, but one demorcrate that caught my attention was Joe Manchin III...I am from West Virginia and so far he's done a decent job as far as politicans go.

    March 26, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  5. Brian

    Yes.
    It will be for a smart, intelligent, charismatic, educated individual with a can do attitude. They must be willing to take on the big issues troubling this country and have a proven track record of success.

    They have to have a balanced approach to governing preferably with a slant to the left while being (where possible) inclusive of the right.

    March 26, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  6. John from Alabama

    Jack: I believe the unemployment rate of 9.7% will have dropped 8.2 by end of 2011, the stock market will be about 11, 400 points, and 401K's will be better off. I believe these indicators will be the reason for celebration for the Democrats. I think President Obama will be re-elected for another 4 years. I think in 2010, the Democrats might lose control of the Senate, but maintain a slim margin in the House. By 2012, the Democrats will have a small come back in the Senate and get more seats in the house.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  7. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Am trying to get the lady down the street to run in 2012. She is a housewife, balances the family budget, doesn't waste money on lost causes, like foreign countries or wars. She is honest, yet tough. And above all of that, she doesn't own any political favors to anyone. Lobbyists and drug lords beware.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  8. Michael G Tampa, FL

    Why yes Jack, I have thought about that.
    It will not be for the Democrat OR the Republican candidate.
    That goes for all the other positions in the 2010 election as well.

    Michael G
    Tampa, FL

    March 26, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  9. Dan Bowen

    How about anyone who will listen to the people rather than his or her lobbyists, pollsters and ego? Obama has spit in the face of the countless millions who believed in the promise of change.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  10. Jesse M

    Jack,

    It's too early to be thinking about President in 2012.

    At this time we do have a guy that can make a decision, working with a group of people that cannot.

    I will be more focused on my Senator and Representative more than the President. Leadership is best from the bottom up, rather than top down. At this time in my state of Texas, we support losers as long as they are Republicans.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  11. Eric

    2012? Simple. If they are IN office, Vote them out. If they have even BEEN in office, do not vote for them.

    Crooks, every single one of them. Regardless of party, they are all bottom feeders.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  12. gordon

    I'll vote for President Obama unless the Republicans run someone better, but no one I have seen so far is as stable in their political positions.

    I favor stability and resolve over political expediency.

    Las Cruces, NM

    March 26, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  13. Tracy in Eugene Oregon

    Given the nightmare of the Bush years plus the current GOP craziness , nobody should have to think too hard on this one. However, it is amazing (and scary) how short some people's memories are.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  14. Mysterious, Chicago

    I will be re-electing President Obama. Period.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  15. Charles of Eugene

    At this point, given the Republicans' attitude & behavior, I'm thinking I'll be voting for Democrats FOREVER.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  16. Janne from NC

    In a perfect world it would be an independant ticket with you and Wolf.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  17. s, canton, michigan

    No- but I do know who I won't be or which party (no matter who) I won't be.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  18. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    In 2012, I will vote for the person, or persons, that I feel will represent the American people. A person, or persons, that will hear what I have to say, not big business and lobbiests. I'm, at this time, hoping that Mike Huckabee runs again, and does well, in 2012.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  19. JONIQUe

    If the USA wants Republicans in 2012, so be it. They and us will have to live with results. I watch CNN and especially MsNBC nightly. I trust Keith and Rachel and the nite crew. Including chris. I do not trust Joe and Ameka or whatever her name is.
    They seem to have rewpect for President Obama.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  20. Charles in ohio

    Jack: I know where my vote will go for every election untill the day I die.
    I don't see me ever voting for a republican. Jack, there is not one out there that deserves to be in office. Who says "NO" all the time and calls themselves a "leader"?

    March 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  21. Michael Alexandria, VA

    Too early – it depends on how Obama deals with taxes and who the likely GOP nominee is. If Obama is in the tank and Palin is running, I may throw my own hat in the ring. At least I have a good tax reform plan. I'm not sure Palin can spell tax reform plan.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  22. William Haney

    Yes I have. It won't be for a Republican after all the lying and obstruction. They were sent to Washington to do a job for the country. So far, I've only seen them do for themselves and their obstructionist party.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  23. James

    Who Else if not OBAMA. The Mess that the republicans have put us into, Obama has started reverting it within a year, The republicans will never go for anything good so far its coming from Obama, is that a good way to work for the people? No mater what they do God is by Obama's side. God Bless United State Of America God Bless Obama.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  24. Jack in Boynton Beach FL

    Yes Jack and it would be President Obama all the way. For the first time ever I voted a straight Democratic ticket in 2008 and I will do it again in 2012. How anyone could vote for a member of the Republican cult is beyond me. Do they want to expand the recession into another depression? The Republicans led us into a depression after 12 years in the 1920's. Fortunately they only had 8 years in 2000/2008 and created only a recession. Give them another four years and they will turn recession into depression again!

    March 26, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  25. sam davis

    All things remaining equal, I will vote for our current President,
    who despite statements to the contrary, has adroitly handled the problems caused by our financial and auto companies, negotiated a new beneficial arms treaty with Russia,passed health reform, extended job loss benefits and passed a job creation bill, to name a few .He has restored our world wide
    reputation. He says yes we can, instead of just no.Sam, Delray Beach, Fl.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  26. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Obama has broken more promises in one year in office than most President's do in eight years! I am voting Republican, even if it's a donkey that's running on the ticket!

    March 26, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  27. Jyothi, St.Louis,MO

    I would definitely vote for Obama. We are yet to see the 'Change' that he had promised and we need atleast 2 terms to get a sense of some of those changes.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  28. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    I know you and Wolf can’t get enough of politics, it’s your bread and butter, but to me politics is a sharp stick in the eye. I can’t stand it, particularly what it has become. Not just the government is broken, but the political system is also broken. That is the root cause of the shambles in Washington. So if you don’t mind, I’ll just sit back for the next couple of years without running around like a headless chicken and wait to see if Obama finishes the job of healthcare reform. He will have to do that by fixing the near worthless law as it stands. My decision will be based on whether he gets the public option into law or not, how many of his other promises he keeps, and, of course, which Republican lunatic runs against him. Since I don’t know who will be running, I don’t know who I will vote for. All I know is that no one who voted against reform will get my vote – ever!

    March 26, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  29. Ray in Nashville

    Yes I am, Jack. The more hate I hear coming from the right, the more I am determined to vote for President Obama for a 2nd term.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  30. Julia, Edmond, OK

    Hell no I'm not thinking about the 2012 election! Time out! Could CNN and the other news and "news" cable channels take an hour and explain to the American people what they don't know about the health care reform and college grants and loans programs that just passed??
    Slow down. No wonder people don't understand the good things they just got. All they hear on cable news and "news" channels is panic, fear, and dishonesty from politicians who seem to care only about beating Obama and his congress. Could we have some real news, please?

    March 26, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  31. Jane (Minnesota)

    Why on earth would I do that! I won't think about that subject until 2012 – no different than any other Presidential election year. That's a big reason why the taxpayers get short changed on getting a full terms worth of work out of Washington – they worry about getting re-elected rather than focus what can they do for the voters who sent them there in the first place.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  32. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    George W Bush has changed me from a slightly right leaning person to almost blindly willing to vote democratic. I've always preferred a more understanding social agenda, support education, health care and the betterment of our country. I will never vote for those who speak of security on the nation when they avoided serving themselves. I am a Vietnam Veteran and I've never owned a weapon.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  33. Brian Smith PhD

    Yes… and I am looking for candidates that are non-politicians and non-incumbents. Congress has the lowest rating in I don’t know how long. Obama turned out to be succinctly a big spending, big government Democrat despite his campaign rhetoric. So I looking to throw all the bums out…

    March 26, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  34. Tim in Texas

    Seems to me that you all started talking about the next election about one week after Obama was sworn in. Give it a rest already. You quote about 20 different polls – they all use different methods and have different outcomes. How about actually reporting the news. Then the public would have a better base of information upon which to make its decisions come 2014.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  35. JENNA

    Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama!

    Yes We Can! Yes We Can! Yes We Can! Yes We Can!

    Yes We Did! Yes We Did! Yes We Did! Yes We Did! Yes We Did!

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    March 26, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  36. Tom, Atlanta

    I believe history will show that the US made a swing toward centralized government and socialization. It sounds good, but no nations to date have been able to fund such a system and remain a world leader. The US has been the world's leader in enabling individual freedoms,and this system has out performed all other systems to date. On Sunday, we removed some of these freedoms in the name of the good of all, but I believe it was done nievely believing that some how the money will be there. I believe there are better approaches to running our great country; whereby, these benefits, such as health care for everyone can be realized. And, I believe as I believe most other Americas do, that it is not the the system where for every dollar's worth of healthcare, I pay only 10 cents and 90 is paid by someone else. England can't afford it, France can't afford, Canada can't afford it either. Yes, Jack, "this dog won't hunt" and I'm in the market for a Republican or Democrat that can. And, if the Republicans put up Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin or Mike Huckabee, I'm sure it will be 2016 before they have any chance at the White House. Congress is another story however, and you bet, I'm voting for new blood in Congress.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  37. Richard Green

    Jack,

    I've been giving 2012 some thought. My first decision is to vote anything but Republican. Shoot, I'd vote Pelican before I'd ever vote Republican again. I'll vote for any person who will make it illegal for anyone (or anyone related to them) who serves in Congress to ever work for lobbyists or any company whose business came through a committee they were on. We've got to get the pigs out of the stream if it's ever going to run clear again.

    Richard

    San Clemente

    March 26, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  38. chris

    oh yes can't wait to vote this guy out of office i wish it was tomorrow

    March 26, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  39. k

    Yup. But now that corporate America can subsidize and decide our elections thanks to the supreme court what is the point of voting?

    March 26, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  40. Loren

    In a way, yes – not voting for Barack Obama (but didn't vote for him before, so I expect the Democrats weren't expecting my vote anyway).

    March 26, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  41. Ken Mayer, Millington MI.

    Hello Jack. I predicate an overwhelming landslide victory for President Obama in 2012. Americans will start to see that the changes he is incorporating will a positive effect in reviving America.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  42. Joanne from Medina

    I don't have to think about it, I will vote for President Obama.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  43. Hope

    I am a long time Democrat, if the president gets re-nominated in 2012, I'll vote for him. Like I did in the last presidential election.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  44. Don in STL

    I believe we need a lot of new ideas and new perspectives in Washington. The only way we will get that is to vote new people into office. Those familiar faces of the last 10 years have run my country into multiples of trillions of dollars, an amount incomprehensible by most Americans. And those familiar faces have the audacity to be proud of their accomplishments in running my country into the ground.

    I'm voting to remove them all from the island. Even the purported 'good' ones. Until we get a government that is responsive to the people of the United States and responsible to all voters, I'm voting only for new representation.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  45. Rosemary Farmer

    President Obama. Right now there is no one on the Republican side who is not spewing violence and hate speech. A good example is Glen Beck, Palin and other using terms like the "Real America", Who might they be talking about. The Tea Bagges like to say, "I want my Country Back" My question to them is "Who Stole It".

    As long as the Republicans support what Rush, Palin, Beck, Limbaugh says and More moderate Republicans keeps getting ran out of the Party, there is no one to support.

    When you listen to Republicans, RNC, Tea Baggers, Rush, Beck, Fox News they seem to be advocating the over throw of our Government, at the very least they seem to want to bring back Slavery and the Civil War.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  46. Peg from N.Y.

    Absolutely! I'll be voting for Obama's second term.

    March 26, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  47. Bizz Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    Yes, I have and right now I would find it very hard to vote republican be cause of the way the extreme right has taken over the party. Mitt Romney has done some very good things in Massachusetts. I need to know more about Romney and if he could stand up to the extreme right. I also feel that President Obama has done a fairly good job considering the republicans voting no and playing politics in Congress. But what will be the deciding factor of whether we have a two term president will be the economy and jobs.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  48. Valerie -- North Carolina Senior Citizen

    As a senior citizen and an Independent voter, my vote would go to Barack Obama. It is a relief to have, at the head of this country, a man of principal, education and intelligence.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  49. Bob Tampa Fl

    NO! Obviously I am a Republican, so my answer is NO!

    March 26, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  50. Ben from Boston

    Jack,

    Its too early to pick a specific person - but I don't like back room deals, lack of transparancy, big spending, financial burdens for our progeny as far as the mind can fathom, mandates, and government control that we have now - so I will be voting against the kind of change we have seen recently. I'm looking for a fresh new face that will tell me in some detail what they will do rather than give me vague and hopeful promises.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  51. Ralph

    Jack..

    Yer know have to correct all the ill's in the US

    Make POLITICIANS and 'NEWS ANCHORS' accountable for telling the true and accurate stories.

    There's millions of ordinary (voter) folks who actually believe the crap they hear on TV.

    Have the Government set up a freedom of truth board. People on TV found not telling the truth or committing provocation through lies should face fines and jail time.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  52. Jeff Crocket in New Britain, Ct

    In a little over a year the Democrats have ruined themselves with no help from anyone else! The government is out of control at this point, and anyone running against it will win - Republicans!

    March 26, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  53. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    I'm standing by my man: President Obama has proven to me that he is a hard worker who knows what is politically possible and gets it done. However, I pray for his safety from the wingnuts every day.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  54. Dana Clark- Livingston Mt.

    Yes – I am on the look out for moderate republicans that also have a pro environmental stance. I have in the past tried to look at the person more than the party but going forward – I will vote republican no matter what.

    Dana – Livingston MT

    March 26, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  55. Kate Smith

    Washington State
    At this time, I remain a steadfast, liberal, Democrat. My first vote ever was cast in San Francisco in 1968 right before the assassination of Robert Kennedy and just a few months after the assassination of the Reverand Dr. King; I have never waivered from the party of my parents and grandparents.....(except for my Uncle Jim who was the family "black sheep" Republican...). Even so, politics were actively, enthusiastically, and civily discussed at family gatherings even with Uncle Jim, "the family Republican" present. Given the current political climate in our country and the hateful rhetoric and behaviors running rampant in the party of the loyal opposition I imagine I will continue to educate myself on the issues, give my pittance to the candidates I choose to support and hug a tree or two on my way to cast my Democratic vote in future elections.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  56. Lynda from NC

    I think its too early for me to decide. I voted for Obama and might do so again, depends on what happens in the next 2 years and who is running against him. Sure way I will vote for him though is if the republican candidate is Palin. She was afterall one of the reasons I voted Obama first time around!

    March 26, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  57. David in San Diego

    Now that you ask, this older white man is securely in the Obama camp.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  58. Maria

    Oh, you bet. Obama if he's still on his feet and getting things done. No GOPs for anything. And if not Obama, I'll toss my vote away w/Independents,Greens or whomever else is available.

    I'm down w/Obama or no one.

    Maria

    Brunswick,MD

    March 26, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  59. Donna Wisconsin

    I'll take the Pres any time! Doing a great job. Why would I want to vote in another 'Cowboy' or as you put it, a 'Tour Guide' and her hick family when we have a very articulate, intelligent President now? Just because the Republicans are obstructionists doesn't mean Obama isn't trying to do his best. We just need to give him some Democratic Congressmen with BALLS!

    March 26, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  60. Louanne

    I can't say who I will be voting for as it is too early to know who the field of candidates wil be. I can tell you I will not be voting for President Obama.
    In my view, President Obama campaigned as a centrist and is governing far to the left. He promised a "one American" and he has added to an extremely devisive environment in Washington and America.
    We have had a President almost obsessed with his own agenda and legacy when he should have been focused on the jobs and getting Americans back to work. He has also never made the transition from campaigning to governing. He is not a statesman.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  61. Don

    Actually as you pointed out....that's pretty good considering that Obama has had to deal with political and economic crisis from day 1.....the other candidates if you want to call them that...are out of the spot light and are no longer in politics....so like ability can remain constant or rise. ....However, that poll I am sure will greatly change as we get closer to a real election....one final point. The idea of someone else coming in and answering all the country's problem are a lot easier when you invision that person being....oooh super man or wonderwoman....once you find out the opponent is not, you might feel you are better off with Clark Kent. How do you think Bush got a 2nd term?

    March 26, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  62. Bello

    I have a clear choice in Obama and i'm above 40. The pundits will be shocked again, and again. We shall see.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  63. Cousin Vinny Connecticut

    I have and it won't be Obama, that's for sure! He has done more damage to our country in 15 months than Carter did in 4 yrs and Carter was the worst! Obama IS a socialist who is trying to change our nation into a socialist nightmare. He has run up trillions of dollars worth of debt already with more to come. When I see cars with those '08 Obama bumper stickers on, I want to say to those people, "What the hell were you thinking?!" Oh, and Mike Huckabee would be a good choice for the Republicans in 2012. I, and millions upon millions of Americans, can't wait for January 20, 2013 to end this nightmare before it's too late!

    March 26, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  64. Craig

    It's never too soon to start thinking about who you might vote for in the 2012 Presidential Election. I just think people have to be careful about placing so many expectations on their candidate of choice. Afterall, President Obama was touted "the man who was going to change Washington;" the only trouble is that many people have yet to believe that he has done that very thing. While it's certainly alright to have convidence in your candidate, there is no excuse for insisting that he or she will fix everything at the snap of his or her fingers. That kind of overzealous talk is unfair to the candidate and unfair to the undecided voter.

    North Beach, MD

    March 26, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  65. Ed Tallahassee

    I see Obama vs. Romney in 2012.

    I think Palin will both not run, and be a cheer leader on the side lines, or she will get knocked-out early. I think that the other GOP hopefuls will use her as a punching bag, if she tries to stay in the race.

    Then I think Obama wins when Romney's message and campaign falls apart. The Right will blame him for losing be because he is a RINO, and Obama will execute a near perfect Champaign once again.

    Of course with the Citizens United Ruling who knows how big of a war chest Romney will have.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  66. Angie

    Yes I have. And that answer is:

    I will vote for Obama again because as he promised in his campaign in 2008, he did push and pass the Health Care Reform Bill.

    Of course it is unfortunately without the 'Public Option' which was ment to help the unemployed who are NOT on welfare. But that as we all know is the mistake of the Republican party with their Tea party members who fought against the Public Option from the beginning.

    So to everyone I ask is Obama doing the things he promised?
    and my answer is YES HE IS!

    March 26, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  67. Harold Shrader in Bend, OR

    Sure have – someone who doesn't look like an Elephant or a Donkey.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  68. Conor in Chicago

    The only thing I know is I will not vote Republican. I have always prided myself on being an Independent who yearned for a viable 3rd Part. I am still that person. However, after 8 years of Republicanism, and 2 years of this nonsense, I just simply can't vote for more militarism, less taxing the wealthy, economic anarchy that benefits the few, more Christianity, and an overall double down on crazy.

    Given the statistics you cited I should point out that I am a 32 year old college grad so I fall in line with the statistical trend.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  69. A. Smith, Oregon

    Now the President Obama successfully passed America's Health Care bill into Law, I'm looking forward to President Obama's 2nd. term in office as the President of the United States.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  70. Sue

    NO Party of NO, under NO circumstances! Republicans' partisan obstructionism is destructive, divisive, wastes time and costs money! NO for the purpose of causing an American President to fail is un-American! Partisan obstructionism may be the Republicans' Waterloo!

    March 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  71. Mrero

    Not really. That's like thinking about World War II right after World War I. Too much time ... Too many things can & will happen in between. Let the mid-term dust settle, then I'll start thinkin'.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  72. Terry, Chandler AZ

    I try to avoid thinking of the election of 2012 Jack. Whenever I do think of 2012 I want to drive to the nearest liquor store for a bottle of single malt scotch. And Jack, I have been sober for 17 years and 5 days.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  73. Russ in PA

    Ron Paul in 2012, of course. All the others are just more spending, more war, more government, more nonsense. Ron Paul in 2012!

    March 26, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  74. Rick

    I thought about it along time ago. The republican party gets more sickening every year, the independents appear farther to the right than the republicans, so I will vote a straight democratic ticket.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  75. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, you are making an assumption that there will be an election in 2012. The way the President and Congress are spending the country's wealth, there may not be a country left to have an election. Either that, or the Democrat Congress may decide they know best, again, what this country REALLY needs, and just vote Obama/themselves back in without an election. Socialist Dictatorships do that kind of thing.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  76. joe m

    actually i'm still trying to forget the last one. it was too long ( primary and general), over the top, and in the end what we ended up with was just another washington politician. heck, if we've learned nothing from the last election, we just never know how its going to turn out. predicting anything at this time is about as good as throwing a dart on a wall with a list of possible candidates and outcomes. for myself, i'd rather have these election cycles be shortened to a few months. more time does not actually help us learn more about the candidates, it just gives them more time to try to convince us of who they say they are. it also just gives the special interest more time to influence these elections.

    NC

    March 26, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  77. Chris from Charlotte

    I'm going to vote out everybody that I can. Bye Bye Senator, Bye Bye Representative and if Obama doesn't stop campaigning for the office he has won and get jobs going. Well Bye Bye Mr. President I'll vote him out too!

    March 26, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  78. Doris Lauter

    I would vote for Obama just to make Sarah Palin mad......
    Doris
    Ojai, California

    March 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  79. Briar

    I haven't stopped thinking about it since the last election. Without a doubt I will be voting Democrat. The Republicans have completely lost touch IMO. They come off as extremely selfish and petty. I really don't get it.

    I voted for Obama in support of Health Care reform (I am a 33 year old college educated male, who works 2 jobs with no benefits). I was beginning to lose faith. I wish the Dems would grow more of a spine. They sort of redeemed themselves with this Health Care Bill, but I was hoping for a public option. That's seems like the best way to keep costs down. This is better than nothing though.

    The Republicans are offering me nothing but hate. It's really ugly. There's no way I can support that.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  80. Gail Craig, Plano, TX

    I will definitely vote for Barack Obama in 2012. But dumb question, Jack. Many people answering it will be dead and gone. One day at a time, is all we can hope for.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  81. Suz E

    I'll double down on my 2008 vote and put my money on Mr. Obama.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  82. Sabina Pinch

    I don't need to think – My President delivers what he promised, and I'm very happy about it.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  83. Rob

    Yes I have Jack, and the first candidate that wants to end the imbalance of FREE TRADE, and bring jobs back to the US has my vote.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  84. Steve, Clifton, VA

    While I have not started to think about "Who" I would vote for in 2012, I have thought about and decided that "Whoever" I vote for will definitely not be a member of the Republican party!!

    March 26, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  85. Tony from Southport

    There's nothing to think about. (R)s are in and (D)s are out.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  86. IKHAN san jose ca

    Sure have Jack,
    seeing the current climate & downright dirty politics being played by those who simply want to see President Obama fail, my vote would be for him anytime.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  87. Stuart Groten

    Although I had reservations during the run for office between Obama and Clinton I have followed Obama's direction and found he has started to bring the country onto the right path to regain its leadership role. With his win in the health reform and the arms treaty I diffently will vote for him in the coming election.

    Moorpark, CA

    March 26, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  88. George,New Jersey

    Jack,
    He can talk the talk, and that is why I voted for him, a FDR,Churchill,
    JFK sort of President. What happened to the great speeches and a follow up vote on C-Span. Instead he speaks and than he hands it over to congress, go figure.I can only hope the second half is better than the first. (Independent)

    March 26, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  89. Kyle Irvine, CA

    Jack,
    Even politicians think about their next election before they start fulfilling their current term. It's the nature of the beast. As for me, my vote in 2012 will not count because President Obama will get re-elected for three reasons:

    1)The economy will be better in 2 years
    2) The troops will be coming home from Iraq
    3) The president will be campaigning "my plan worked" and the average American is stupid and will believe he is right and cast their vote in the blue section of their ballet.

    Oh by the way, if the Republicans want to take back the White House, tell Sarah Palin to stay home!

    March 26, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  90. Joe CE

    Without knowing the canidates or issues – a lot of thought is a waste of time.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  91. Eric - Houston

    Yes Jack, though in my case since I have learned to trust neither party, I will most likely vote for whoever is most likely to provide a split government. Far better gridlock than the stupid ideologies of either party. I must say our current president tricked me, I fell for what I at least thought he said hook, line and sinker and I, my children and my children's children will likely have to live with the consequences of at least these first two years. Never thought I would miss his predecessor, which I still don't, but I don't judge him as harshly either. I am still hopeful that our current president will prove worthy of a second term once he has a split government to deal with and hopefully stops pushing a fringe agenda.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  92. Melissa

    Simple, even if it weren't Democrat, better to vote Independent than Republican. Republicans will destroy this country.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  93. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    Unfortunately, I voted for Obama because he promised change. The only thing he has done for us is bring us closer to a socialistic government. I will definitely not vote for him or any other Democrat who runs in 2012.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  94. B.N.

    Jack,
    Presidents always have a view that does not represent every citizens perspective. The problem as I see it are the House and Senate representatives, they need to be changed and some kind of middle ground needs to be found. The president never has reached out for other views that don't match his and by "hook or crook" will get his way. The bribes and backdoor deals which are not legal in the business world should not be legal in the government. So much for C-Span and email input. I find myself pretty much middle of the road when it comes to politics and this president is supported by a bunch of self serving representatives that are bullied by their own party. So, it doesn't matter who is president, it matters that there is mutual respect in congress and representatives work together to find common ground!!! Thomas Jefferson said "51% majority is mob rule."
    B.N. Dallas/Ft.Worth, Texas

    March 26, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  95. SCOTT ROSE --- PANAMA CITY, FL

    Jack, Oh yes - anyone but Obama or Biden. Zippy the pinhead and his dolfin vice presidential running mate would be better choices. No more commies please.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  96. David Gerstenfeld

    Jack, I voted for Obama & will give him 2 years in office before I will change my vote.
    David, Las Vegas

    March 26, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  97. brett mullins Phoenix,Az

    Jack,
    I have thought about this for awile. I for Jack Cafferty . He will get it done. How does this sound, I AM FOR JACK THAT IS A FACT.
    Brett Mullins
    Phoenix, AZ

    March 26, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  98. Donald Schmidt

    I have not voted since I was handed a provisional ballot in the 2000 Presidential Race. But since all of this recent Tea Party events now I will register and start voting again. I will vote for the individual and not their party. Whoever can start creating jobs they have my vote. Without jobs we have nothing including deficit reduction.

    Obama and all democrats need to keep up the momentum with job creation. The quicker the better or they might as well start to pack their bags.

    Donald Schmidt
    Springfield, OH

    March 26, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  99. Thom Richer

    Because of the state this country is in with its failed economy, corrupt domestic and foreign politics, greed concocted wars of no moral value or just reason, and its insane continuation, we have no choice but to keep the current party in office. To change again so soon would only prolong an ugly state of affairs and all but guarantee our complete downfall as a nation of freedoms and justice for its people. Hopefully, Obama and Congress will unite and open their eyes to the needs of all the American people before 2012. For if they don't, those that serve by obstruction and their own political gains failure as a Democracy will be on them.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    March 26, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  100. Edgar@Midland, Texas

    President Obama will not be a one-term president.

    Republicans have no good candidates and no fresh ideas for 2012...

    ...and when you vote, you should not vote against someone, rather you should be voting FOR someone...
    ...when you vote straight party (Republican OR Democrat), you're not exercising your true voice through the ballot.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  101. Geoffrey in Lowell, MA

    I'm still looking for a Republican to explain the substantive difference between Romney Care which Scott Brown voted for and we have here in Massachusetts and what just passed Congress. I can't tell the difference, I wish I could but I can't. It seems that being against things is all the Republicans stand for now.

    I used to be an Independent. I would look at Democrat and Republican on their merits, not their party. However, the Republican party has been in such lock step, out of touch, even with themselves that I will vote a straight Democrat ticket for some time to come.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  102. 1woodsong

    Let's hope some more Replicans throw their hat in the ring for 2012. Of the three currently interested in becoming President, the only I could vote for is Romney, and his religion will still be a problem with a lot of Americans. I am an independentt who has been voting Replican for quite a few years. I didn't vote for Obummer and certainly will not in 2012. That is if we still have the right to vote in 2012. Obummer is probably trying to see how he can stop the voting process right now. Jaffrey, NH

    March 26, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  103. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Yes. Not Obama. If Hillary Clinton runs she would be my first choice. If not,I'll probably go with Mitt Romney. I think he's proven his leadership capabilities as Govenor of Massachusetts and when he revived and saved the Olympics in Utah. The man has some brains to be the millionaire that he is.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  104. Sue from Redwood City

    It's too soon, that's 2 years away and a lot can change in the meantime. I'm more focused on 2010.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  105. Chris Cook

    Republicans have sure "persuaded" me during the struggle for healthcare reform. I will never vote for another one of them as long as I live, and I will work, work, work in local politics to have all Republican incumbents ousted. Chris, Shelby, NC

    March 26, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  106. Bob Goldschneider

    Sharon, MA

    Well I would say if the republicans choose:

    Mitt Romney – a lying ex-governor/venture capitalist who claimed a tax break he did not deserve (his accountant did it)

    Sarah Palin – the non-educated pea brain ex-model/quitter of a governor who had her husband review all her gubernatorial decisions

    Mike Huckabee – a creationist who does not believe in evolution – science is bad.

    Obama is definitely going to be reelected.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  107. Chris in Philadelphia

    Sure, as a more liberal independent I will NEVER vote for Palin, I like Obama and his governing style but not the price tag. Huckabee and his poor judgment got four cops killed. So the short story is Democrats are ok, not great and spend a ton of money we questionably don't have. Republicans got banished for being generally awful and have done little post-banishment to show they learned anything other than yelling. How about door number three... anyone???

    March 26, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  108. Alex in Gig Harbor

    Not yet, Jack. A lot can happen to change the viability of political figures this far out. Remember how the conventional wisdom said it would be Clinton and Giuliani in 2008? The conventional wisdom collapsed after the first few primaries.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  109. Jose M. Garcia

    No..This guy is just getting started. Everyone will be surprised.

    Jose M. Garcia
    Miami Florida

    March 26, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  110. Jessilana Jackson

    Well, after all the mess we've put up with since Obama got elected, I'd gladly vote for him again! I've seen no tangible results from any republicans. Only NO, NO and more NO!

    March 26, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  111. Keith - Twinsburg, OH

    I certainly have, Jack. And it didn't take me long to vow to vote against every incumbent.... Republican or Democrat.

    Just think, Jack. By doing this, we also eliminate earmarks for a while.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  112. steve in florida

    2012's a no-brainer. But I am thinking of changing my no vote for the party of No to Hell No.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  113. Kevin in Dallas

    Now more than ever it doesn't matter who you vote for. They're all the same. Republicans blow hundreds of billions wars we shouldn't have fought. Democrats blow hundreds of billions of dollars to make sure that everyone can have their restless leg medication.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  114. Ellen from WV

    As a moderate Independent, I will vote for candidates who push for lesser gov't, fiscal responsibility, transparency, and don't run on social issues. Not sure if any exist. I do know that I won't vote for Obama his next time around. As a product of "the nanny state," he has never met a government program he didn't like.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  115. xs10tl

    Jack,

    Like alot of Americans I am *FED UP* with the conservative/right wing/tea party lunatics and plan yet again to vote against *any* and *all* Republicans who may be running in the upcoming and any future elections. As far as I am concerned the Republicans are single handedly responsible for getting us into the absolute mess we're in.

    Their so-called ideas, opinions, and plans have all been poisoned by their petulant refusal to accept the fact that they LOST the 2008 election. They will CONTINUE TO LOSE as long as they continue to be the party of no, holding their breath and throwing tantrums until they get their own way.

    Their new-found storm troopers, the Tea Baggers and these violent right wing extremists we are now hearing about, don't help their case any either. Republicans always like to say things like "It's time for the 'grown-ups' to take charge" It is abundantly clear that THEY need to grow up!

    xs10tl
    Los Angeles CA

    March 26, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  116. James, Charlotte

    Jack, as long as President Obama continues to do his best and no scandals happen, he will be my choice for 2012. With eight years of a democrat in office the U.S. can't help but to get better since we've had eight destructive years with a republican! Obama 2012

    March 26, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  117. Allen L Wenger

    There is only one candidate that I want elected in 2012. Re-elect President Obama!

    Mountain Home ID

    March 26, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  118. Will from San Jose, CA

    It is way too soon to be talking about 2012. Can't we focus on issues, solutions and the reporting of actual news instead of politics for a little while.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  119. John LaBare-Wantagh, NY-

    No. I can say this though, I voted for the president based on his platform. Which included healthcare reform. Too date, he has accomplished that. I would bet by the time we get to August this will be a non-factor. The winds of politics, change with every season.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  120. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Jack:

    You know, forget the statistics surrounding candidate success parameters, I know that my 2012 vote (yea Mayans!) will count less than my 2008 vote or my 2002 vote and so on. So one should not think to the 2012 vote as a fixer upper, you betcha. Anyway we got trouble right here in River City.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  121. Albert R. K. Los Anegles

    Jack, the problem with that poll is the same as the Republican health care strategy; it leaves out teenagers who today are guaranteed health care coverage from their parent’s insurance plan until they are 26. Any political forecast not considering the impact against the Party who is trying to take that candy from those babes, as they register to vote for the first time this year, 2012, 2014, etc., is as worthless as the Republican strategy.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  122. Jayne

    Deciding who to vote for in 2012 is a snap. Whoever isn't a Republican (or offshoot teabagger) gets my vote.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  123. Mike in New Orleans

    No Jack, I'm more concerned with making sure this wave of radical right wing Teabags don't gain momentum going into 2012. I'll vote for whoever isn't the Republican nominee, whether it's Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, or Glenn Beck.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  124. Bev

    Yes, I will vote Democrat.
    I am one of the older voters and am ashamed of the Republican Party.
    They had eight years to do something for the middle class and needy and did nothing.
    They only think of themselves and the wealthy bankers, Wall Street etc.
    They have acted worse than children, especially this last year.
    I would vote for a three legged dog before I would vote for a Republican.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  125. Wayne

    You betcha! OBAMA!

    March 26, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  126. Jim Z..Ft. Worth...Texas

    Done and done...I'll stay with a leader..President Barak Hussein Obama..an intelligent and honest American..unseen between 2000-2008..

    March 26, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  127. Rita

    Yes, and I won't be voting for a Republican, not a single one!

    March 26, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  128. Kelly from MA

    It is really to early to start thinking about 2012. We really do not know who is going to be running therefore why bother. I'm a undecided and many of us are very unhappy with Obama. We do like our Scott Brown though.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  129. Pat in Wyoming

    Voting like I did in 2008, Straight Democratic ticket.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  130. Sarah

    OBAMA 2012.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  131. Scott Stodden

    Yes and my answer Jack is that I will vote for President Obama in 2012 because he is the right man for the job. He has held this country together at a time when we all thought the country was falling apart! He created and saved jobs with the economic stimulus plan, he currently passed Health Care so everyone can be insured and not have to worry how they can afford health care. President Obama is a Maverick to the country and to the world, he's improving foreign relations in a mighty way and things for the country and the world are finally changing for the good, we're tired of wars, fighting and violence and want to live peacefully and have a good job, make money and live happily and Obama is allowing that to happen for the country! Re-Elect Obama/Biden 2012 Unless of course Hillary Clinton ran against him then I would definitly have to vote for Hillary cuz I love Hillary with all my heart and soul but I just don't see her running in 2012 because it would throw the Democratic Party into dissarry but Hillary if you run I will vote for you, I love the Clintons but I love the Obamas to!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    March 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  132. David A Whitaker

    I am going to vote for President Obam, he has done more for the people in this country in a year and half than Bush did in eight years.

    David
    Martinsburg,WV

    March 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  133. Eileen (Peabody)

    Absolutely Jack. I will be voting for Barack Obama again. I wonder why people have such short memories??? Don't they remember we were on the brink of depression at the end of the previous Republican administration? What do they think another Republican President will do differently? None of the potential candidates are saying anything different. After one year of the Obama administration the economy is on the upswing. I will make the prediction better things will become evident over the next three years and I'm confident the polls will change to reflect that prediction.

    Eileen, Peabody MA

    March 26, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  134. kent, nj

    I voted for obama the first time but next time I will vote for romney. Obama has done nothing he promised but everything romney said he would do. It is amazing that obama has changed his positions on everything but still has managed to fool 47% of the voters. He has given us more war, more corporate welfare, more lobbying, health care mandates, health insurance company subsidies, business tax cuts, increased military spending, more nuclear power plants, no abortion executive order, pharma drug deals with no drug importations, continued the health insurance antitrust exemption, no public health care option, re-appointed bernanke to head the federal reserve, approved bank and wall street bailouts and bonuses, and has done nothing about the federal debt which is 65 TRILLION DOLLARS counting medicare and social security. I have given up on change ever happening in washington and will vote for the real deal instead of a republican light. Obama can no longer be trusted.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  135. Banned in Hartwell GA

    Assuming the president decides to run for re-election, I know how I'll vote. I even have my congressional picks...no incumbents.
    Allen
    Hartwell GA

    March 26, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  136. Ronda (from Canastota, NY)

    Ask me again toward the end of October 2012, Jack. By then I'll probably have decided which would be the lesser of the two evils.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  137. Bobby E. Lahmon

    Obama without a doubt should get a 2nd term that way at least a small fraction of Bush's mess will be cleaned up

    March 26, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  138. Gigi Oregon

    It's a few months early to begin thinking about it. They only thing I know for sure is I won't be voting Republican this time around.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  139. SHIRLEY-OHIO

    Yes I have, it will be President Obama hands down. I think President Obama is doing the best he can with what he has to work with. I will not turn my back on P

    March 26, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  140. Lindsey

    I would support Mike Huckabee in 2012. The only thing he didn't have in the last campaign was money. Yes Huckabee is the man for 2012! We need to get rid of the mistake we elected that is in the White House. Obama is a nice guy and all but he isn't the guy that many people hoped would bring the country together. Huckabee is the only Republican with enough respect from Democrats to unite this country. He did so much in Arkansas on a bi-partisan basis and is the only Republican I've ever heard of that could draw 40% of the African American vote in a governors election. That HAS to tell you something!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 26, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  141. don judson

    Let's see – the first health care reform in 100 years; ending torture, withdrawing from Iraq, finishing the job in Afghanistan, restoring our image abroad, stimulating the economy out of the Bush Great Recession, purusing climate change, immigration reform, and financial reform – no, let's vote republican and go back to the bad old days.DUH – I'm voting for Obama!!!!!!!!!!

    Don Woodburn, OR

    March 26, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  142. san jose

    A lot could happen in three years. I have voted Republican in the past but will NEVER vote for a Republican again after Bush's 8 years and the last year of watching the Republican Party 'just say no' .

    March 26, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  143. Merilou, Lamoni, IA

    President Obama of course! He just won a justifiable fight with a LOT of hard work and persistence for something to help all of America, except the fat cats, of course. That takes courage. He should be re-elected.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  144. Frank, Rockford IL

    Sure. Barry's on a roll. Lots of problems to address and by the time reelection comes around he'll have a string of victories to stand on. He'll be back.🙂

    March 26, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  145. Homeless D in Atlanta

    Regardless of who the democratic candidate is in 2012, that will be my vote, Democratic!

    There is NOTHING on the face of the earth that would EVER make me vote for some elitist Republican.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  146. MacFab

    Jack, I did not vote for Pre. Obama in 2008, but I have been watching this President since he was sworn in, he is very confident and intelligent and in my opinion, apart from few mistake here and there, has been doing an excellent job. Now that he won this monumental Healthcare bill victory, hopefully Decent Americans will start seeing some other things he has done that is not considered big achievements. I will vote for him if he continues moving our country in the right direction!

    March 26, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  147. SHIRLEY-OHIO

    Yes I have, it will be President Obama, hands down. I think President Obama is doing the best he can with what he was given. I will not turn my back on President Obama as some many people have. The media should have their minds made up as well, because without President Obama, T.V. ratings will go down because I know I will not be watching a state of the union addresses without him.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  148. Paul, PE

    So much can happen in over two years, I think its premature to start pondering things like that, especially since one side doesn't even have a clear leader yet. There are more pressing concerns right now and anyways, the GOP will be happy to enlighten us all of everything Obama has accomplished as his term nears the end.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  149. Lily

    Yes, Absolutely I have been thinking ahead and hope that President Obama will be re-elected for a second term. He is getting this country back on track. To allow any Republican this soon to dismantle what has been accomplished now would be devastating to our nation. Think of a morbidly obese person who weighs in at 500 lbs and has a weight loss goal of 200 lbs. This weight loss is not going to happen in a year or 2. It takes a steady course of diet and exercise to reach that destination. Americans need to unite and work together instead of coniving and promoting failure. We need to stand behind our young ambitious President and allow him to lead us without all this hatred and fear mongering. I am hoping Sarah Palin will be the front runner then no worries for us all.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  150. Dwayne Cromwell

    hey jack, this is my first time writing in but i watch cnn all the time and i love it. my choice is clear for the 2012 election and its obama. im a democrat yes and african american ,,, the republicans have no chance at all of winning no matter who they have,, they ran this country into the ground . obama is doing a good job and he will be elected again...thanx for ur time jack keep up the good work

    March 26, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  151. John

    I believe the choice among candidates in 2012 will be as dismal as it was in 2008 and 2004. Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans will run a candidate that will actually work to limit the power and cost of government, so it looks like I'll be voting third-party again or just staying home.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  152. Gary Roberson

    I'm looking forward to casting my vote for President Obama just like I did for the last election.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  153. Sue From Idaho

    Lot of time to think about whom to vote for, what we need now is those that are in office to make good choices. That will happen when pigs fly.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  154. dean

    Dean from Minnesota
    Not yet. I still think that politics is still to closed to voters unless you declare your party affliation; and if it is not either Republican or Democrat who knows what could happen. I tend to vote for the person I think can perform the job , not his party. And many events run by candidates are closed to all but the stated backers of that candidate. You can hardly get into them even if you just want to listen to his campaign items to make up your mind. I imagine the rally held in Iowa with President Obama on the passing of the Health Care act was only open to supportive unions, registered Democrats, and people who backed him 100 percent on the issue. I think Americans can still hold spirited but civil debates on issues if given a fair chance

    March 26, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  155. claire Soppet

    I will not vote for President Obama. I am just disgusted with his behavior.
    I live in TN

    March 26, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  156. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Sure have!... Bye Prince Reid. You helped sell us out for this Obummercare bill, and yet NO jobs!

    March 26, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  157. Kathryn

    Yes and that will not be for the violent, hateful republicans who go around using black churches for votes, to use churches as a cover for their adulterous lifestyle and a black chairman as front to entice black votes and to attack president Obama.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  158. Paul Austin, Texas

    After the Bush years I will never vote Republican again. I may vote for an independent but not someone from the Tea Party. It looks as though Sarah Palin is Alice and wants to be in charge of the Tea Party. How else could she hurt McCain than make him look like th Mad Hatter today to insure his less votes for him. Obama looks better every day for 2012 when the best against him can only yell and sream and some of them post a threat and Jack I am 60 so does that make me weired maybe that is why I live in Austin.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  159. Donna Skulman

    Definately will vote for Obama. No president (other than Clinton) has tried to do so much for the American people. I can't believe that ANYONE would vote for the do nothing Republicans!!

    They are bitching their heads off about the deficit – where was this anger when THEY were running it up? No boo-hooing about 'mortgaging our children's future' then, was there?

    Besides a health insurance reform which is huge, Obama also gave 95% of Americans a tax cut, which SHOULD have made the party of NO happy, but they are a bunch of do-nothing losers who drove us into this deficit.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  160. Dennis/Missouri

    Here is an idea on the 2012 election. Let's start with the President and go right down the line thru the senate & house and vote out every incumbent. Better yet, let's start with the 2010 elections. Enough is enough. These people serve only themselves. Two terms max. Then go back to your regular job taking no pension, no health care, etc. I am assuming they had a job before coming to Washington. Probably not.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  161. John Thomas - Florida

    OBAMA, BIDEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 26, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  162. Jim - MI

    Anybody who will roll back entitlement programs and reinstate the incentive to work. Anybody who believes that we must be accountable for ourselves, that we are not victims and that we are not entitled to what other have. Anybody who believes that government should not be too big, nor should it interfere with our liberties.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  163. Esther Spence

    Yes I have thought plenty about my 2012 vote and it will not include one Democrat. I only wish Obama was running in 2012. I can't wait to get him out of office. That is if I have enough money to buy the gas to go to the polls that year. He is going to take this country down with this insane Health Care Bill.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  164. The Broker.

    "If I had lived in your country I would have voted for John McCain in 2008, and I would still do the same today. You are making a real mess of a country the whole used to respect. Respect is not easy to come by these days, you should have ket it while you had it. Now it's slowly sliding over the edge of the planet."

    March 26, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  165. Jim

    Jack,

    I proudly voted for Obama in 2008 and will proudly do the same in 2012. He has shown himself to be a man of intelligence, compassion, courage, tenacity, and uncommon toughness. He is precisely the president we need in these difficult times. It's hard to believe a majority of American voters would actually opt to give power back to the same Republican party that got us into these messes in the first place.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    March 26, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  166. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    Sure that is easy, the person that best represents my goals, and value just like every election, if there is none among the two candidates left I will not vote for either one of them! The flawed thinking that says vote for the best of two bad candidates leaves you only with a bad choice, you always have the right to vote for neither one of them!

    March 26, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  167. Bill in Littleton, CO

    I keep up hope that Ron Paul will find the vitality and life to run again in 2012. I really doubt that he will; he's older than John McCain and he's made no say whether he will or not. If I may say so, if we could get the neo-cons out of the debate then I think the libertarians and the progressives would focus on many of the same problems and the debate would become about solutions ... instead of what's important and what's not. Other than that though, no, Jack, I really haven't thought about it.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  168. Frances Cappelletti

    I will vote for President Barack Obama. The Republicans have shown themselves to be unable to work with the party that won the election, so are unworthy to be President of the United States.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  169. Rory Thompson

    Well, considering the IMPEACH OBAMA bumper stickers were printed before he even took office, I assume the opposition has been thinking about it. The opposition... what did we used to call them? Oh, yeah. The Losers. Come on, Jack. Let's give the President a shot before we make decisions about his success or failure.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  170. candy from calif

    obama , obama, for 2012. We can't afford to go backwards, look at what the Republicans have become.Do we need these kind of leaders to run our country? We don't need any wack jobs, furious, whiners as Republicans are.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  171. Gray

    So far there's only one candidate, the incumbant. I'm an independent, and the Republicans are permanently off of my ballot. If Ron Paul runs as an independent he'll get my vote.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  172. Claire. Melbourne FL

    President Obama will get my vote – I will never again vote for any hate spewing Republican again. Their behavior this past year has been dispicable and not worthy of an elected representative of this country.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  173. Greg Smith

    If Congress and the Senate keep behaving they have since President Obama was sworn in, then I don't care who runs for president. The current members of Congress and the Senate have set democracy back 200 years.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  174. Doug - Dallas

    Nope got to much to do first. Have to vote in the local elections in May and then in November, have to figure out how to afford health care until I turn 65 in 2012 and I'll have to see who the party of NO puts up for election in 2012. Of course that will depend on how they do in the elections in November. If they win back a lot of seats the country will expect them to govern instead of obstruct which will be a huge problem for them since they haven't had to govern for the last 10 years and are out of practice. I think I'll go cut my grass and have a beer, maybe it will come to me then!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  175. George

    No, I'm more concern with November 2010. I'm sick and tired of the "my team vs your team" attitude in Congress. Each side seems to forget that we, the American people, sent them to Washington to speak on our behalf. Since they, DEM & REP, have failed to work together, I plan on voting for the new guy. My opinion, anyone who's been in Congress over 10 years should leave. He/She has forgotten his purpose and needs retraining.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  176. David Sisters OR

    Jack the more important question is who arent you going to vote for. After the last few months it's definitely the Republicans. I still would like to see Hillary Clinton to stay in politics, if you look at the political scenery nowadays she is the most seasoned and wise politician in the country.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  177. Frank in Valparaiso

    It will never be a Republican again after Bush. And with Palin as a VP.....ha.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  178. Freddy in Tulsa

    Don't complain about "no jobs". Creating jobs is the responsibility of private industry, not government.

    So when is private industry going to step up to the plate and start hiring again?

    And I mean here in the US, not in China, like they have been doing.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  179. Bud Rupert

    Yes – Barak Obama will be re-elected with 57% of the vote.
    By the time his second term is complete he may be a candidate for Mount Rushmore.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  180. Linda in Arizona

    I may not even vote. I don't like any of the choices. Most likely I'll just hold my nose and mark and X in the Democratic box. I don't vote for stinking republicans EVer.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  181. Mark from Boston

    Not at all. But, I'm sure it wont be the Palin / Beck ticket.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  182. Brian

    Jack,

    I'm voting for Obama no matter what because from what I can see, the only people running for the GOP nod are total idiots ... Huckabee denies evolution, Romney flip-flopped on health care reform and his face looks like a cereal box, Gingrich is a corrupt beltway insider and Palin, I'm pretty sure, is the product of a conjugal visit between Charles Manson and Ann Coulter. These are not ideal options.

    Brian
    Boise, ID

    March 26, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  183. Sam Dallas TX

    Simply 'No', however with the passage of Health care bill, President Obama has somewhat changed the face of his presidency. From my perspective as an independent, the dems and the President has accomplished one great thing.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  184. Annie, Atlanta

    Yes. After closely observing the behavior of elected Republican representatives from the mid-90s to the present, there is only one side I would ever consider supporting again. And that’s just tragic.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  185. HUBERT BERTRAND

    JACK: There's not enough politicians running. There is alway a hand full running. I'd like to see ALL of them running at one time. WOW!!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  186. Allen Reynolds/ Chesterfield, VA

    Mike Huckabee is a good man, but in showing that there is no clear front runner on the Republican side, it leaves a lack of options. If Palin was to be the front runner in making a historic leap for the presidency I would not only say no, but a hell no. I know that she never received her approval rating in Alaska for being an idiot, but her level of intellect and ability to speak on subjects makes her incapable of forming a more broader audience in this melting pot of a country. Four more years please.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  187. Skip

    If President Obama continues his determination in making this country GREAT, then he'll get my vote and those of my million plus facebook, myspace and twitter friends.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  188. Carol

    President Barack Obama.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  189. adrienne

    yes, OBAMA

    March 26, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  190. Herman Newsom

    Barack H. Obama!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  191. Chris, NJ

    Voting for Obama. Republicans have made themselves out to be such bullies over the past few weeks they don't deserve anyone's vote.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  192. SDO

    +Barack Obama

    March 26, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  193. Greg H - Minneapolis

    Jack, in 2008 I thought I could vote for Obama if he could tell me why. He never did, so I found someone else to vote for. With the passage of a BAD "health care" bill he has already told me why NOT to vote for him, so I won't even if he is on the ballot, which is doubtful. With that in mind, I am not necessarily going to vote Republican. There are Libertarians out there who make more sense than either the Democrats or Republicans, in addition to independents who's loyalty is not to a party, but to "we the people." Something to keep in mind!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  194. Jayden,FL

    I'll vote for Obama/Clinton 2012! I'll Never vote for a Republican!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  195. Megan from MA

    I'm with NEWT all the way. He will put OBAMA under the table intellectually.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  196. Ellen

    Hillary Clinton!!!!!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  197. Tootin

    Obama all the way. He is already done more for this country than Bush did in his 8 years.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  198. Karl from SF, CA

    I’m voting for Obama again. The Republicans obviously cannot govern and have no idea what America and Americans need. George Bush proved that theory and the Tea Bagging Republican Congressional leadership have become a disgrace to democracy. Mr. Frum was right: The Republican Party works for Fox News.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  199. Keith

    Jack, I've already made up my mind. I'm going to vote Ron Paul in 2012! Whether he runs or not, he is the only politician I agree with nowadays.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  200. Vivian

    I will vote for Obama again.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  201. Nicole Rosa

    OBAMA WITHOUT QUESTION!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  202. Tom Ogden

    Sarah Palin? Are you kidding? Are the Republicans that desperate? Or is the talent pool on the right that shallow?

    March 26, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  203. Pat

    No, I don't know who I'll be voting for in the next presidential election. However, I am sure that I won't be voting for Obama.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  204. doug

    I made the mistake of voting for Obama the first time.... Sorry, I'm not a socialist so I can't support him again. I've read and seen a lot of great things about:

    – Darryl Issa (R-CA)
    – Paul Ryan (R-WI)

    March 26, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  205. kuukuwaa

    Yes, I think it is Obama all the way. I really don't see any strong opponent from the Republicans, unless a new face shows up on the scene some time later.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  206. Genevieve Hannon

    I would be a proud American if President Obama would just stay in office for the century. I dread the day that someone else takes office, especially a Republican.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  207. Barroq - San Marcos, TX

    He has my vote. As long as he continues to improve this country's standing and help the American people, get us out of the middle east, and is able to tackle key social and economic problems, he will be supported by me and millions of others.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  208. Shawn

    with a republican candidate, i think MItt Romney would be a good choice. but to see another run with Obama and HIlary Clinton would be a tough choice

    March 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  209. DaVonne

    I will be voting for Obama all the way. The president has done almost sixteen months than more presidents did in their one or two terms. VIVA LOS DEMOCRATAS!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  210. iCalvin

    I'll cast another vote for the Obama/Biden ticket for sure! And I'm looking forward to being a part of the campaign again.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  211. Wanda in Montana

    Happy Friday Jack,

    We don't have to think about it. We're voting for President Obama. It's fun to have an intelligent president and we won't be tired of having brains in the White House for a long time.

    Can you imagine Prez Palin or Prez Huckabee? It seems like Republicans are attracted to stupid like flies are attracted to horse manure.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  212. Sinikka D.

    Obama for sure. We do not live in a cocoon and Obama is popular outside our borders among many other positives!!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  213. Angie

    Jack there is one thing we all have to admit,
    Everything Obama said he was going to try to do, he has done or is doing.

    So yes, I will vote for Obama because "Yes he does try harder to do what he said he would do."

    March 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  214. kimberly from viginia beach,va

    I started thinking about him being elected again for the next term when i was standing at the voter booth voting for him this term. Yes i will vote for him again

    March 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  215. E. Taylor

    Yes we did and yes we will again. Obama all the way.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  216. Amarissa

    I started thinking about it in November 2008! Can't wait for the change to happen in 2012. I am also looking forward to November 2010 when we start taking them down one by one.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  217. cyndie

    It is unimaginable that Sarah Palin's name is up in the top 3 you mentioned for the GOP side. Wow! Just shows how demented so many folks that are polled are.

    Me? I'm hoping Obama runs, and I will be voting for him. He needs more than 4 years to try and regain some sanity in the madness our country has descended to from the 8 Dubya/Cheyney years.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  218. Jason Lodi, CA

    Obama of course! Any republican will be out of question!!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  219. Peg R.

    Hillary would be great!! But the very best choice would be ME. I'm angry enough, passionate enough and I an untainted by the Government bull. I'm results driven and guess what....I'm not a republican. At all cost we need to keep them out!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  220. greg

    D. NONE OF THE ABOVE

    March 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  221. Mary

    Absolutely, I'll vote for President Obama in 2012. He's one of the smartest President's that my country has had in a long time. He has a vision for the country, something else that I haven't seen in a long time. He isn't governing by the seat of his pants.

    Duluth, Ga.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  222. peggy brown

    I absolutely will NOT vote for Obamaman in 2012. Neither will my husband. We'd be known as mindless idiots if we did. Our candidate will be Mitt Romney!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  223. Colleen Ijuin

    Obama all the way. Dump the party of NO. Republican's don't deserve a paycheck from my tax dollars. I'm so sick of hearing a Republican saying "the American people ...... yada yada yada. The Republican's have never gotten it right if they pretend to be speaking for me!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  224. CCC Tyrone, Georgia

    Of course, I'm voting for the Party that has put together Legislation that will help my families and friends. Go Obama...already 2 years ahead i in campaign donations. Obama's slogan: WINNERS NEVER QUIT! If I could elect him 3 times I would. REAL AMERICANS WANT EFFECTIVE POLITICIANS NOT CAREER POLITICIANS! I plan to do whatever I can to ensure ineffective Republicans and Democrats are given PINK SLIPS. We got it right at the top...now its time to clean out the HOUSE AND SENATE! I look forward to 2012..GO President OBAMA!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  225. jps

    Now that we have some movement on the health care promise – I am certainly going to vote for Obama.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  226. Thomas Paine

    Romney. The man made a profit at the Salt Lake City Olympics. Usually they lose money. He is the only one with any reasonable shot at balancing the budget.

    Obama is a joke

    Palin is a footnote (and an even bigger joke than Obama)

    Huckabee never had a shot

    March 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  227. Fritz

    Yes, I've thought about the Repub's 2012 ticket. Since Obama will be returning for another four years, why don't the Republicans go for the Crazy Ladies ticket: Michelle Bachman and Sara Palin.
    It would be SO entertaining!!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  228. Bill Bushey

    Jack:
    After careful consideration of all qualified candidates there is only one choice: Gene Simmons

    March 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  229. Stephanie from Davie, FL

    I made my decisions month ago depending on the health care bill. If it didn't get thru congress, I would have voted strictly republican. Since the bill passed, I am voting democratic.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  230. Joe

    I'll vote for someone who promises change and transparency.
    Obviously that won't be Obama!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  231. jay

    I will not vote for obama this time around, we just cannot keep spending this much money and expect to reduce the deficit. Lets tear up the credit cards and tighten our belts....

    March 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  232. Allison Allen

    As apart of the younger vote, I believe that my vote will go along with how the Obama administration is following up on their promises. So far, they have made healthcare a requirement, which has been attempted several times by different presidents, Bush and Clinton. For me, this is progress.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  233. The Broker.

    "I may even visit your country this year for a month of two, seeing as I have found a new friend in Washington."

    March 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  234. Michael/Manorville, NY

    Although I did not vote for Obama, I was somewhat hopeful that he would truly bring a transparency and truthfulness to Washington and eliminate the lobbyst role in our government as well as bring the parties together in a productive and meaningful way. He has failed in everyway I was hoping he would succeed. If the republicans run Mickey Mouse, I will be buying a new set of ears...

    March 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  235. Ed Kilbourne, MD

    Obama in 2012, please! I've waited all my life to see a president who could articulate AND implement these policies. Let us continue to stand actively for what we SAY are our most sacred values.
    – EMK

    March 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  236. Katie

    The 2012 elections will be the first that I am old enough to vote in, so yes I have thought about who I will vote for. Currently, I am planning on voting for Obama, and I don't think that that is going to change.
    -Katie
    Seattle, WA

    March 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  237. Alex

    For Palin to even consider would be an absolute joke!! Don't she have a tv show in the making and children to raise? Where's the time to run the most powerful country in the world? Would like to see Ron Paul make another attempt. He would have my vote!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  238. Terry

    Jack,

    Of course. The Republicans spent 8 years running the wheels off the U.S. The Democrats get 16 years to fix it because it's much easier to wreck something than to fix it. 4 more years for Barack and then 8 for Hillary.

    Terry
    Milwaukee, WI

    March 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  239. Emmanuel Blimie from Brooklyn Center,MN

    Jack, unemployed citizen don't hire politicians. Until our economy is fixed with job galore no politician gets hire. In 2010, I'll take my vote, turn off television debate in search for job to pay off student loan and other bills.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  240. Wendy

    Obama needs to sit back & do absolutely nothing for the next 2 years, he'll be guaranteed to win! Unbelievable that people would rather vote in the party of NO instead of someone that actually does more then invade other countries & give tax breaks to the rich.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  241. p. powers

    I will vote for the canidate that is the most fiscally responsible. No healthcare spending bill supporters need apply.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  242. michael

    After contributing to Obama and his duping of America campaign I really can't see anyone on the horizon I would walk across the street to vote for.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  243. harry

    The Republican’s were a miserable failure and the Democrat’s are failing miserably. I will vote for any other party candidate.

    Ron Paul 2012

    March 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  244. TenLou

    No. There's so much that can happen between now and then. It doesn't really matter to me anyway as Barak Obama is the real deal.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  245. marv saletta

    Yes, anybody but obama.

    Marv, Phoenix,Az

    March 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  246. Jason Lennerth

    I hope that Palin runs,but for different reasons. Any politician that leaves their duly elected post early has committed political suicide. Who is going to vote for someone who may leave the presidency early if a book deal/money comes their way. I pray every night that she runs,because that means 4 more years for the DNC and Obama.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  247. Richard - Shreveport, LA

    After he got off his duff and brought the health care bill back to life I am disposed to vote for Obama. The republicans do not have a winning candidate at this time. Even if Obama doesn't accomplish anything else in his term I will probably vote for him.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  248. Gail, Illinois

    Jack, the Republicans have moved from being principled conservatives to corporate socialists. In 2012, Barack Obama will have my vote if Palin, Chaney and the rest of those losers continue to move the Republican party over the cliff.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  249. Norman Maslov

    Although it is still really tough out there, things are starting to stableize. Obama has done a wonderful job in this first year. Yes there has been a learning curve with a few bumps but the hole was NO friggen deep before he took office that it has taken this year to grasp it all.

    He is calm and gets things done. I believe the healthcare bill is a beginning to really improve EVERYTHING.

    Even those there are some who doesn't care what the rest of the world thinks of us, it's so very important that Obama has brought dignity back and is willing to speak and negotiate and send diplomats before bombs. I can think of any other person who could have handled this. He is the President we NEED NO for the the next 7 years.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  250. Duncan

    As long as President Obama intends to purport himself with such embarrassing behavior toward foreign nations, such as snubbing Israel, making a sham of Japanese respect customs, and announcing the end of missile defense systems in Poland, it would be an equally embarrassing failure of intelligence on the part of the American people to re-elect him. And that goes without even mentioning the danger of the policies he is proposing and unfortunately passing.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  251. Jace

    Jack, After reading a few of these comments, I feel for you. Having to sift through this on a daily basis. As for the question: Yes in 2012; the republicans and their "investors" need to know who this country really belongs to, but it's fun to watch them in denial!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  252. Alexandra Bruce (Iowa)

    Yes. Ron Paul 2012.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  253. Jim Yeager

    Can't argue with success, we know what we've got, go for it.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  254. Fahim Lodhi

    I am a student and a former Democrat. I voted for and supported President Obama's campaign. I held out high hopes for him and his presidency. Now, I really regret this. Even when the stimulus package was passed, I still held out hope that this "stimulus package" would work, but it has been over a year since its passage, and nothing good has happened. The economy is sinking because of it. Now, the socialist healthcare reform bill passed. This bill is going to kill our economy, and worst of all since I am a student, it is my generation that is going to have to pay for this bill. I am very angered Nancy Pelosi, and other Democrats who think the government should control healthcare, but at the same time I am not completely committing myself to a Republican candidate, but I know i am not going to vote for Obama or any other democrat. I am an independent now. If this bill fails, America will fail!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  255. Wanda Foster

    Are you kidding? So far no Republican has shown the sharpness, the presence of mind, the daring, or the intestinal fortitude to lead the American people. All we get from them are complaining, griping, sour grapes, and general nasty reactiveness. America deserves vision, foresight, and the ability to carry them out. Only Obama demonstrates all of these leadership characteristics. If we vote for anything else, we are dillusional.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  256. steve- virginia beach

    Yep. I've never liked any after this last year, political party but anyone who is or ever has been a Democrat has rendered themself ineligible for my vote. My first choice would be an independent who is loyal to the country of our founding fathers (minus the inequality) and whose views are close enough to mine but I can't say who I would vote for until we know who the candidates are.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  257. Isabel

    Whatever happend with living in the moment?

    March 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  258. Robin Matthiesen

    No I will not vote for obma in 2012 and if any else is smart they won't either.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  259. John

    I'll vote for Obama. He's shown a steady hand in extremely troubled times and despite demonization and fear-mongering from the Right, the President has conducted himself as a moderate, sensible, pragmatic leader. As Dubya taught us, we could do much worse.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  260. Doris Watts

    Without a doubt, I will be voting for Obama just as I did last time. From what I can see he is the only one smart enough to get us out of the mess the GOP left us in - and to keep us moving forward once we are back on track.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  261. Dave in Paonia, Colorado

    Jack,

    I know who I will not vote for in 2012: any one of the Republicans. The Grand Old Party has embarrassed itself by letting it be hijacked by the lunatic fringe crackpot (or is that "teapot?") bunch. They have convinced me that their rhetoric is nothing but a thin mask for the religious-fanatic, racist, reactionary views they'd like to impose on all of us and to have one of them in a position to actually call the shots is unthinkable in a real American democracy. No thanks.

    Dave

    March 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  262. Helen

    Well let me see... President Obama won 53%-47%, this tells me the same 47% will not vote or vote for him and the remaining 6% has not make up their mind because it is 2 years away. Let me see the media narrative about this president: "he will never beat hillary", " he is overexposed", " he will never pass healthcare" ... he is this or he is that. Can the media admit that we do not know what will happen in the future and stop those silly questions. Obama has 50% chance of being a lousy or good president. I will bet on the latter, so far he proves all of you talking heads wrong.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  263. Pamela

    Can't say it keeps me up at night but it has crossed my mind. Unless something REALLY bad happens to the Obama administration, I feel sure that I would again vote for Obama. NO WAY will I vote for a Republican especially considering the options that have been put forth so far. I say–Go Obama–Fired up, Ready to go!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  264. Bill in Detroit

    Absolutely! This is NOT what I voted for. I voted for change not more of the same. I voted for more jobs not wide-spread layoffs. I voted for transparency in governtment not backroom deals and underhanded tactics. What we got was more of the same. I smell a rat.

    Bill

    March 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  265. Kat

    I believe that Pres. Obama has the exact combination of good qualities, heart, soul, brains, tact, humility, diplomacy and more. When have we EVER had ALL that? If I could, I would vote him into office to stay forever.. Is that a stretch? I'm a woman, of course, and all of us women here, love him and go to great lengths to donate and campaign for him.... As the advertisement says, "Anything else would be like the movie '2012. Down right SCARY!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  266. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – Current poll results reflect current conditions. It is absolutely certain that conditions will be different in 2012. If Mr. Obama's initiatives show sufficient public benefit by early 2012, his re-election will be certain. If not, not. It is now too early even to predict the outcome of the Congressional elections this fall, much less the Presidential election two years after that. Public opinion is volatile, and voter memory is short. Most Presidents do not poll well early in their second year. This is a non-story – as meaningless as a report from Fox News!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  267. Carol Thurman

    Obama, of course. I have lived in the U.K., Canada, and Austria, and have experienced, first hand, great health care in those countries. Obama and his party have definitely made a step in the right direction for this country. If it wasn't for those republicans the bill would have been even better. At last, we have a leader who cares MORE about the American people than winning votes! Thank you, Mr. President!!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  268. Holly

    I will keep my mind open to ANYONE besides Obama. Leadership willing to use a strategy, known as the “Slaughter Solution”, which would allow the House to avoid an actual vote on the Senate health care bill and force all Americans to do his will should be booted. He doesn't seem to care what the majority of Americans want. If Obama has his way, everything will be ran by the government.

    A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have. -Gerald Ford

    March 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  269. Christopher

    Because how the Republicans have been acting overall, and specifically over the health care debate, this middle-aged white male wont be voting for any of them. That I guarantee.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  270. Ed in Atlanta

    I'll be voting for the Libertarian candidate. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats know how to tame the beast that is the federal government.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  271. george german

    The courant president is light years ahead of the last dynamic duo in sooo many ways,if he keeps working hard and making what appears a genuine effort to mend the country I will cast another vote for him.
    I just believe most amaericans are in shock and easly scared,it seems as though most people want a rich idiot with a common name running the country. what a shame.
    George
    chester,ct.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  272. Eric from Apple Valley California

    Obama will easily be a two-term president because of the groundwork he's done to date in regard to sticking to his campaign promises. His timing is impecable and he is a great general in terms of the ART OF WAR. It is a daunting task fixing the GREAT RECESSION created by the previous administration. The remaining State of the Union Speeches will be about the progress and prosperity Americans are just starting to experience. Kudos to Obama, the greatest Democrat American President, probably ever. In my opinion.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  273. Antoine J.

    I would help vote Obama back in for a second term. CHANGE is what we wanted and CHANGE is what we are getting.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  274. David Rice

    I will never vote for Obama again, but I wouldn't have liked McCain either. Americans have been sold out for years by our poiticians. Some people just accept this as a natural part of politics – there is nothing natural about it. It's hard to say what is really to blame: greed, the cold war which is still ongoing despite what some say, and technology expanding faster than we can fathom.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  275. tyler

    This is will be my first presidential election in which i can vote as i am 17 now and although I am young there is no way i will vote for Obama. I will vote for either a republican, hopefully Mike huckabee, or the libertarian candidate.

    Tyler
    Appleton, WI

    March 26, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  276. John Ceballos

    I certainly have thought about it and I think we need to vote in an independent for office. Gop's and Dem's have been in office for far too long and it has evolved to nothing more than finger wagging towards their opposition on virtually all political decisions. Personally I'd vote for Jesse Ventura or Ron Paul as they are not afraid to shed truth about the lack luster government we have today, even if the majority of people would like to hear otherwise.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  277. Jan - Lancaster, PA

    Well, can tell you who I won't be voting for: Palin, Romney & Huckabee

    Until the GOP can start demonstrating they are working for Americans & not their party only, they won't be getting any consideration from me.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  278. Linda from Arizona

    As an independent, I will be thoroughly evaluating the final candidates from both sides. However, knowing who are top so far on the Republican side, Obama would be my choice. Can we please time warp to 2012 and skip all the election drama and questions about what the state of the economy will be in 2012?

    March 26, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  279. Candy151

    OBAMA 2012!!... You betcha! The Republicans are screwing over their own party aligning themselves with the Teabaggers, Palin, Beck, Limbaugh. They cut their own throats. I want no part of the Republicans.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  280. olah

    OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA 2012 !

    March 26, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  281. Kay Ga.

    Obama is the best person we've had in the W/H in a long time. If there were not so much envy, greed, mean spirited people in this world they could see that he is trying to make this a better place for everyone.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  282. P.A. & L.M. JOHNSON

    We will vote for Ron Paul if he runs. If not, Romney. His father performed miracles in Michigan.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  283. Joe Q

    yes jack i have been thinking of 2012 election and have about decided not to vote or just write in jack cafferty.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  284. Richard

    If Obama runs, I will, likely vote for him – however, who knows if he will run? And the Republicans are like a screw on an airplane wing (wingnuts) and I can't imagine anyone voting for any of them – if we want to have equality among wingnuts, the Republicans can run Romney/Huckabee and the Democrats could run Pelosi/Reid! Better yet – how about the "Real Wingnut" party? Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck for the Republicans and Pelosi/Reid for the Democrats – oh, wait! I already said that! Jack, why don't you and Wolf run in 2012 – the Blitzer/Cafferty ticket? Your motto could be "we don't know Jack..."

    Richard,
    Nut City (Washington, DC)

    March 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  285. Justine M

    I will definitly vote for Obama next election.

    Orlando, FL

    March 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  286. Richard

    yes , i think that my vote will be guided according to the heatlh care isssue , i cant afford another politician mistake

    March 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  287. Mike Hagquist

    Without question, Obama gets my vote. The GOP has no strong opposition to the President. Also, after seeing how the GOP has behaved in the last 14 months, I will never vote republican again.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  288. Kenan Branam

    I'm 90% for Obama in 2012. I'm depending on him to crank up more change in Washington DC. I'm looking for a bumper sticker that says "Obama 2012! That's the way this 69 year old Texan thinks. The last 40 years of "de-evolution" have not been a world I hope for.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  289. Millie

    President Obama is trying to fix the mess the Republicans got us into...it took them 8 years to make a mess out of the United States and too much of the public thinks it should only take a little over a year to make it right? The Republicans have publicly announced that they do not want to support anything the Democrats do...I would have liked to see McCain work with the Democrats and see what he would have accomplished. Absolutely, I would vote for Obama again...he shows compassion and caring and is extremely intelligent which are some things most of the present politicians lack.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  290. Ingrid, brooklyn

    i am very clear who i will vote for jack- Barak Obama. i would never vote for a republican anyway, but their extreme behaviors, the fact that they have not totally denounced the threats to their fellow law makers and the insane behaviors, give a clear picture of where they want to take the country. never thought i'd see the day when i would say that george W. was not that bad after all.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  291. Sara, Brooklyn

    Obama will be re-elected, because the other choice is democratic suicide.

    I am a registered Independent and almost voted for McCain. Then I thought about what it would be like to have Palin in a position of power, and I threw-up in my mind.

    I think that once we have some distance from these tantrum throwing republicans we will all come to realize that Heath Care Reform was not the popular thing to do, but it was the right, responsible thing to do.

    We need more people in positions of power that are willing to do the right thing for the people. It's refreshing to see someone try to infuse social responsibility back into our society. We haven't had that since Roosevelt.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  292. Annie, Atlanta

    Barack Obama, hands down. He put the American people before his job security with health care reform. That's something you don't see often.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  293. Carla, Wyoming

    Yes, I'm voting for our President, Barak Obama for the second time. I will be voting aganist the Republicans in my state, as usual.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  294. Cyrus Safai

    President Obama is saving our Country from the destruction caused by years of GOP neglect and failures. Obama will have my vote for 2012,

    March 26, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  295. Mary Lou Bachman

    Will vote for Barak Obama in 2012, without hesitation.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  296. Ben Grandy

    We live in Boise Idaho.I am a 67 year old retired naval veteran. I am in accord with the policies of President Obama. He is making headway in the areas of education, healthcare and the economy.He is an intelligent,educated man who has the best interests of the american people in mind.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  297. Kris Mitchell

    I turned 18 years-old in 2008 and Obama was the first candidate I've ever voted for and he will be my choice for 2012. I don't know where all these poll numbers are coming from, but I've always support Obama but have not voted in a single online poll that the news agencies use in reports.

    My entire family is also voting for Obama and agrees with his domestic and foreign policies as well. And I wish the Republicans split into the Tea bag party, for the fringe, and a new rational Republican party that I would consider voting for.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  298. Allen, from md

    Jack, I used to be independent then registered as a democrat when Obama promised the American people universal health care during his campaign. Now that health bill has passed, Obama will get my vote.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  299. Lyla Agha

    I'm going to vote for Obama in 2012. Republican attitudes are outdated and will not take us far into this new century. They are a very negative bunch and offer no solutions for all the issues facing this country. Republicans are holding this country back. Their foreign policy is to make war - their national politics is CUT TAXES! They are the right bunch for the ignorant. That's why they keep it simple. Their recent behaviour will cost them seats this November - I hope.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  300. Carol from Atlanta

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Obama, of course. I have lived in the U.K., Canada, and Austria, and have experienced, first hand, great health care in those countries. Obama and his party have definitely made a step in the right direction for this country. If it wasn't for those republicans the bill would have been even better. At last, we have a leader who cares MORE about the American people than winning votes! Thank you, Mr. President!!

    March 26, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  301. Odrigue

    President Obama will get my vote cause he knows the american people problems .Republican=recession

    March 26, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  302. David Rice

    Who would ever want to vote again after GW Bush and Obama? Obama offered hope but nothing more. He still has a few more years as President, but it doesn't look like anything positive is on the horizon. But McCain wouldn't have done any better either.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  303. Ian S

    Jack, yes, I have already decided my vote. I'll vote for Mr Obama in 2012. He's proven that he does exactly what he says he'll do. He said he'd reform health care and he's done that. He said he'd work on stabilizing our economy and he's already worked to pass several such bills. Even ending funding for Yucca Mountain, which I disagreed with ending, he's lived up to his word on while in office. There are substantive policy issues I disagree with Mr Obama. But policy issues, alone, are not what form my decision to vote. Mr Obama has proven himself worthy of voters' trusts. He's never relied on the politics of fear to gain power. No person who uses fear to gain political power should be given power.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:28 pm |