How worried should President Obama be about winning a second term?
February 2nd, 2012
04:00 PM ET

How worried should President Obama be about winning a second term?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As the Republican candidates keep tearing each other apart, President Obama may want to start worrying about November - if he hasn't already.

New Gallup state-by-state polling on the president's approval rating suggests he might be in trouble.

Overall, President Obama averaged a 44% job approval in his third year in office - down from 47% in his second year.

According to gallup, his approval rating declined from 2010 to 2011 in 47 of the 50 states. Not good.

The president's approval rating was above 50% last year in only 10 states plus the District of Columbia.

Gallup suggests that the state approval rating could provide some clues into how President Obama will fare in the electoral college.

If the president were to carry only the states where more people approved than disapproved of him last year, he would lose to the Republican nominee 323 to 215. That's landslide territory.

And Politico reports on several additional factors working against the president.

The congressional budget office says unemployment is likely to climb to 9% by the election.

There's polling that shows President Obama tied or trailing Mitt Romney in key swing states.

And there's growing evidence that the idea that the president will raise a lot more money than the Republicans just isn't true.

Of course there are still nine months to go before the election; and we don't know yet who the Republican nominee will be, or if there will be a third party candidate - which could work to Mr. Obama's advantage.


Here’s my question to you: How worried should President Obama be about winning a second term?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

David in Virginia:
He should be very worried. When your performance in leading the country is so bad, and you can only blame your predecessor and vilify your likely successor, people start to wonder, "Four more years of what?" That's where I am. This hasn't worked and if he is re-elected, there is no reason to think anything would change.

George in Italy:
Obama should not worry about winning a second term, the Republican candidates are strange beings. We should be the ones worrying and afraid.

Jack, He should be concerned as all incumbents should be. However, he is in a position no president since FDR has had to face. And, he has been facing a do-nothing Congress of historic proportions with half of it deliberately blocking every bill that has been proposed to help jobs and the economy. It is amazing what he has done without their help.

Dave in Phoenix:
As an independent voter, I cannot see how. The Republican Party is clearly anything but pro-American anymore. Pro-white, pro-religion, pro-rich people, but not pro-American.

Solyndra, Fast and Furious, trillions in debt, unemployment unchanged. If President Obama is not shaking in his boots, then he should be. Also, he promotes class warfare and envy towards rich folks, except the ones who give billions to his campaign.

If Romney is Obama's opponent, the president has nothing to worry about. Mitt Romney is a dolt, a vapid man with very few ideas and the stage presence of a Greek column. Obama is beatable, but not by this guy.

soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. Annie, Atlanta

    Worry is not an emotion I would place on Obama, at least not outwardly. So not sure how much he's worried about winning re-election. However, he does appear to care not only about rich people, but about poor people too.

    February 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  2. Ed from Harrisburg


    Obama should just go about his business, steady and able and not even engage any of the Republican clowns who may emerge on the ticket. They have shown themselves to be a bunch of opportunistic, cannibalistic Looney Tunes and watching the side show where they are digging bigger and bigger holes for themselves is the greatest show on earth. Everytime one of these Republican Looney Tunes opens their mouth, Obama should just let the press have at them and keep doing his job.

    February 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  3. Ben, Silver Spring, MD

    Less so every day and every time Romney and/or Gingrich open their mouths. Its clear neither cares one whit about anyone struggling with day-to-day necessities, but they care a lot about people who believe that $375000 is not very much.

    February 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  4. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Jack,worried yes because the CBO and the Fed are saying more debt as far as the eye can see.BUT!!! Look at who
    is running against him.With Grandpa challanging the Florida vote and Mitt being a moderate Repub from Mass..........
    there is not any difference in the two.Now advise to the people of this beautiful country = If you really want to change things I mean really.Then vote out every single 20+ year congressman O U T!!!! and push hard for term limits.You MUST STOP!!! saying its not my/our congressman....................YES IT IS.
    So Jack its only a 50/50 worry as I see it

    February 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  5. MNResident

    He would be a LOT more worried if the Republican Party could put up a half decent challenger against him. However, Obama can certainly win a " better the garbage you know than the garbage you don't" campaign........

    February 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  6. george c paree

    He should be very worryedd his speachs are all the same who can believe this no action all lies .But it happens I fond myself really lo0ving his wife and chilren how can this be with all trouble Ihave with him. chuck paree anderson in

    February 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  7. JD in NH

    Given the current crop of opponents, he shouldn't be losing sleep. Take Mr. Romney, for example, who stepped in it two ways with his "poor people" comment. He's alienated anyone in the middle or on the left who might now be or has ever struggled with the nightmare of poverty. On the other hand, by promising to fix any holes in the social safety net, he's stated the direct opposite of what Republicans want. They do not want any social safety nets. No Medicare, no Medicaid, no food stamps, no help, no way, no how. And they even want to throw Grandma's Social Security to the Wall Street wolves.

    February 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  8. stella sherman

    Jack, why do we allow sitting presidents to use airforce one for campaigning and fund raising? If the tax payers are paying for airforce one it should only be used for govt matters. Why shouldn't the president pay for that plane while he's flying around fund raising for his re-election? His 1st 3 years should count as his re-election campaign and his re-election campaign should officially start when the Republican party finishes their convention.

    February 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  9. Conor in Chicago

    He should be very worried. The only 2 things it takes to steal a US election now is as ton of money and a dedicated IT team who's either on the pay roll, believers in Right Wing ideology, or both. Have you ever done any research on how easy it is to hack into an electronic voting machine? Unless Obama employs the same tactics he loses. If he has any common sense he will. And as usual the entire "election" process will play out behind closed doors, with varying degress of bribery, theivery, and corruption occuring while we all waste our time standing in line at a school gym pretending like we are not peasents beholden to capitalist thugs.

    Does any one really think that, after taking a chance on Obama and getting him elected, Wall Street and their ilk are really going to take a chance on him being elected again? No chance in hell.

    February 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  10. Mel - Houston

    If this election can be framed as "rich" against the "poor and middle class" he doesn't have much to worry about. The voting public have to go out and vote. If can energize his base the way he did in 2008 he'll have no problem. The Republican are fighting amongst themselves and that may turn some of the centerist Republicans that haven't drank the Kool-ade of the far right to vote the other way this time.

    February 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  11. Brian

    Moderately worried, he is in a decent position based on all of his accomplishments but the economy and the unemployment rate is dragging him down. If he wins, it will be by a small margin.

    February 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  12. Steve, Clifton, Virginia


    Your question is better suited if it were put to the Republican candidate. A more appropriate question is How worried should the Republicans be if President Obama wins the 2012 presidential election. President Obama is probably more worried that the current infighting between Romney and Gingrich will end prior to June 2012.

    February 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  13. calaurore9

    What with the looming Mitt-Donald ticket he is truly trumped!

    Carol in Mass.

    February 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  14. Jeff In Minnesota

    Seriously Jack? Come on, we are too far away from November to say whether or not our incumbent President should be worried about being re-elected. Too many things could happen between now and then that could make the President's re-election a slam dunk or a time to pack it up and go home moment. No one is that good at predicting such things this far out.

    February 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  15. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    President Obama should be as worried as a poor family in this country expecting and hoping that Mitt Romney will feel their pain.

    February 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  16. Rich Hoeppner, Wailua, Kaua'i, Hawai'i

    President Obama should be VERY concerned about his chances of winning the next election. He has violated almost every campaign promise that he made, but more important is Rocky Anderson of the Justice party. Rocky is saying what is wrong and saying what most people see as the problems.

    February 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  17. Thinkforyourself, OK

    Why should he be worried. He has all the media, all of Hoolywood, (yes hooly), social media moguls, countless billionaires on his side.
    If he loses it will be because WE THE PEOPLE have been able to see through this Marxist wannabe.

    As Marco Rubio said, "Obama is turning the United States into the country your parents and grandparents left in order to come to America." Since the U.S. is the last bastion of freedom, WHERE ELSE CAN WE GO?

    February 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  18. Dave Laguna Niguel, CA

    Not too worried Jack. He has a billion dollar war chest and ABS, CBS, NBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine, CNBC and a few other cable shows spewing his propaganda and spreading innuendoes about any challengers.
    Add a population that gets their information from 30 sound bites or headlines and he looks to be shoo in.

    February 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  19. Richard Texas

    To be perfectly honest Jack I don't think Obama is sweating it too much. If you look at who the competition is, his chances of getting re-elected are pretty damn good. America is tired of the same old Washington and the same old political hacks running for a chance at the top seat. The problem is none of these people have any better ideas on how to fix the economy. After all some of these fine well meaning politicians helped to create the bad economy in the first place with very bad legislation. How can we expect them to fix what they broke if they refuse to accept responsibility for breaking it in the first place?

    February 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  20. Phyllis G. Williams

    How worried should President Obama be about winning in 2012?

    Daniel 4: 17, 25, 32 state clearly that it is God's decision.
    Someone said "Worry is like a rocking chair
    it gives you something to do, and carries you nowhere".
    "All nations whom Thou hast made shall come and worship before Thee"
    (Psalm 86: 9).

    February 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  21. Rich in Gainesville FL

    We elected him to do his job. Do that and everything else will take care of itself. He needs to worry about us.

    February 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  22. Doug Ericson

    Obama should be very worried that he is going to win, because as it stands right now, he can't lose. Mitt Romney can't handle a lead, even within his own Party. Newt Gingrich has the same problem. Ron Paul is unelectable. Rick Santorum represents too narrow a constituency. There is no escape for Obama. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    February 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  23. Patrick Bosch

    Very worried, especially if upsets catholic voters. If just one-third of the catholic voters switch thier vote from the left to the right, that alone could bring some swing states to the right.

    February 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  24. Jenna Roseville CA

    How worried should President Obama be about winning in 2012?

    Not very worried. Look at who the possible GOP challengers are.

    Mr 1% who was born with a gold foot in his mouth

    Mr Former Speaker of the House who left in disgrace and has moral issues

    Mr Holier than thou fake Christian


    Mr America needs to go back to 1799 so I can own a slave or two

    Even with all the obstruction, Obama has taken our nation from bleeding 750K jobs per month to over 23 months of straight Private Sector job growth, he took our GDO from Negative 9% to Positive 3% that is a 12% in 3 short years in a deep recession, Women now get equal pay for equal work, we have the Patient Protection and Afordability Act that more Americans are understanding/using , we are out of Iraq, Osama Bin Laden and Ghadaffi are DEAD, etc..

    Instead of the GOP spending the last 3 years whining like spoiled children one can only imagine how much better our nation would have been if they worked with the Democrats and this president instead of against them.

    Time to vote OUT every Republican and Blue Dog Democrats we can get our hands on and vote in Democrats that will continue on the path to change.

    Obama has my vote and the vote of everyone in my family.

    Jenna Wade
    Roseville CA

    February 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  25. Bill of New Mexico


    Sweet talking hope–a false hope of (change.)

    2 bucks short and 3 years late–2 wars too late! Enough resources went overseas to turn this economy around.

    How many can be fooled a second time?

    I doubt enough.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  26. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Looking at what might be running against him I think the president has a good chance to win reelection. Romney doesn't know how to relate to the middle class or 50 million poor people. Gingrich is a weasel that seen his better day and wants to build a colony on the moon. No wonder Obama is singing, I would be singing too.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  27. Paul From Austin Texas

    Not much at least so far. The crew running against him just don't cut it. None of them seem to be in touch with the real majority of Americans the middle of the road silent ones. They are the ones that swing the vote and are not in the mood to turn the country in 360 degree turn with they ones in charge that know what is good for us. So at this point Obama does not have much to worry about.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  28. frespech

    Jack the President should be as worried about getting elected as I am about him not getting re-elected. I only hope if he is re-elected that he becomes more iron willed and fisted with the Republicans who absolutely refuse to cooperate with any effort put forward by this President and now are even trying to walk backward on the Super committee triggers.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  29. I. Zurik, Detroit, Mi

    Not worried at all. The clowns in the other party are going to self-destruct before general elections anyway.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  30. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    Wall Street had the best January in fifteen years. Not to worry if it is up in November, you know where the money will come from for Obama’s re-election. The auto industry has recovered and doing well, also the government employment figures look better. If things keep going well for the economy, it is those verbal spear throwers, the Republican candidates who should worry.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  31. Mark from New Jersey

    If all that was important was to have done an exemplary job of having been given a dire situation and done well under the circumstances turning it around with no help from Congress, if having ethics,honor, logic and intelligence, at least compared to the House, Senate, and the Supreme Court mattered, he would have nothing to be worried about. Compared to an egotistical maniac and someone doing an unwitting impression of Thurston Howell III, he should have nothing to worry about. But that is not the case.. Not when all that matters in America these days is money.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  32. s in pensacola

    It's his to lose, Jack. And it would take a pretty major development for him to lose to any of the GOP Keystone Kops.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  33. Dave - Phx

    As an Indenpendant voter, I cannot see how. The Republican party is clearly anything but pro American anymore. Pro white, pro religion, pro rich people, but not pro American.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  34. Siby

    Dear Jack,
    I don't see why he should be worry at all, you seem to forgotten, how good campaigner is he. you'll see.
    from Paris France

    February 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  35. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    A lot more than he is, given that we are in an undiagnosed Depression, defining a Depression as being asset prices less than their financing. If he fixes that, he deserves to lose – however America does not deserve any of the clown show running in the other major party, so Obama may get a pass and be reelected.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  36. Dr. George in Italy

    Obama should not worry about winning a second term, The Republican candidates are strange beings. We should be the ones worrying, and afraid.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  37. richard

    If the voters forgot 2000 – 2008 that was second worst in history, then he has a problem, I HAVE NOT FORGOT

    February 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  38. Sterling_Fl

    Depending on the GOP nominee it could be interesting. Most of his costly programs have failed to accomplish their goals. His bad decisions to sponsor some corporations like Sylondra will haunt him. Failure to lead on the budget with over 1000 days without one. Ruling by Executive Order is Not leading. SK_Fl

    February 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  39. Ty - Kansas

    It depends on who wins the Republican nomination. If Ron Paul becomes the nominee, then President Obama should be extremely worried. Dr. Paul's message of freedom, liberty, small government, and non-interventionist foreign policy is spreading like a wildfire among the American people, uniting both the left, the right and everyone inbetween. President Obama can just sit back and relax in his recliner if Romney, Gingrich, or Santorum should win the Republican nomination.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  40. George in PA

    He needn't worry unless he makes a blunder and self destructs. Does this ever happen? Remember in 1991 when George H. Bush had a comfortable lead in the polls leading up to the election and uttered a negative statement that his dog knew more about economics than Bill Clinton. Suddenly his lead disappeared and the rest as they say is history!

    February 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  41. Bonny

    Worried? I don't believe he should be worried about the political hypocrites (GOP pretenders) who preach reaganism and stoutly oppose to tax increase, when President Reagan numerously raised taxes. Spending cuts and balanced budget without the rich paying as much taxes as the rest of us to plug the holes is an exercise in abject futility. Only two groups would bear the imminent brunt...the poor and middle class. This is an election of contrast, and Obama wins it.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  42. Bert from L.A.

    Hi Jack, Obama’s record of Wall Street reform, Health care reform, rights of Gays to protect our country, protecting middle class tax cuts, ending a war and killing bin Laden vs. Romney’s liking to fire people, not concerned about the very poor, and thinking corporations are people, or Newt’s wanting to make a homewrecker of a homewrecker the First Lady add up to Obama having nothing to worry about.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  43. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Not much. He should be more worried about being hit by a meteor during brain surgery.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm |

    0%. If Romney is the winner of the Republican nomination, he doesn't have a clue to what the majority of us need (corporations are people, I don't care about the poor, let the foreclosures run their course), without any empathy for the HUMANS who are affected.

    If Gingrich is their nominee, well, where do I start? Paul and Santorum have less of a chance. I don't care what all of th enaysayers say, President Obama has done more for the less-privilege then anyone on the other team.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  45. Diane, Oklahoma

    The question should really be, "How worried should 99% of the people in the United States be if one of the Republican candidates wins the general election?".

    February 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  46. James - Alexandria, VA

    He should be worried but not lose any sleep over it. The only reason I say that is because he will win but it will not be a landslide and it will be the ugliest re-election campaign ever. The President needs to stay on topic and not sway from it because the comedy the GOP is rolling with is just that.....a joke. And here is my two cents Jack.....if the voters of this country are stupid enough to vote for the GOP after all they have done in the past and present then this country and those specific people deserve everything they get.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  47. John Lake Charles, LA

    Not one bit Jack. By the end of this year the economy will be better then it is right now and the world situation will be better also. He will easily get re-elected and can spend his next term relaxing and enjoying it.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  48. Nunyer

    What with the right wing penchant for morons and religious zealots President Obama "should" be able to defeat any challenger except maybe Ambassador Huntsman, who in conservative wingnut wisdom is already eliminated. Barring any Supreme Court shenanigans as in the past

    Queensland, Australia

    February 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  49. Pete from Florida

    Not very much, given the clown-car candidates vying for the Republican nomination. Still, given how uninformed, misinformed and gullible so many voters are, maybe enough of them will be fooled into believing that a megarich aristocrat or a proven cheating adulterer could actually be the answer to all our problems. Maybe they need a reminder: the massive job losses, housing market immolation, financial crisis and the collapse of our economy all started long BEFORE Obama took office..... so do you really want to elect the same people that actually caused these problems?

    February 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  50. Marc from San Diego

    Considering the weak field of Republican candidates, which include the biggest flip-flopper since John Kerry and a man who wants to make a satelite (the moon) a US State, I'd say Obama shouldn't be losing sleep over the 2012 election.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  51. Bonny

    Obama will always win as long as the most prominent GOP challenger, a jingoist called Mitt Romney, continues to criticize the bold plan to withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan by 2013. Mr Romney, is it possible to give freedom to people in Afghanistan when your community is not free from hunger, starvation and economic uncertainties? Or, are you so naive to how much human and material sacrifice America makes in Afghanistan everyday?....charity they say begins at home...

    February 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  52. Dan5404

    Jack. he should be concerned as all incumbents should be. However, he is in a position no president since FDR has had to face. And, he has been facing a do-nothing Congress of historic proportions with half of it deliberately blocking every bill that has been proposed to help jobs and the economy in general It is amazing what he has done without their help. I think most Americans are aware that he cares deeply for them and can really get us moving again with obstructionists gone. It will be a matter of years, not months no matter who is in office, but he is the man for the job.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  53. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    If the voting populace actually reads and understands what the candidates stand for, President Obama should have nothing to worry about when it comes to getting reelected. If, however, people rely on sound bites and fear mongering (as well as getting their news from extreme right wing organizations) then the president may be fighting an up hill battle.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  54. Jk from Minnesota

    He shouldn't – given the republican congress has done everything they can to obstruct plus the Clown show (otherwise referred to as the GOP nominating process) that is on display – that's scares me more.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  55. Ron WPAFB

    Really Jack, He isn't worried, He's doing his job and campaigning. It's the American people who should be worried if he doesn't win! This two year Debat season that you have invented at CNN has given the GOP all the rope they ever wanted and could have hung themselves multiple times! You could have seen more proof of the GOP destroying their already bad reputations when House Republicans had the maker of a film about the dangers of fracking for gas arrested in Washington yesterday for attempting to film a PUBLIC session of a congressional subcommittee hearing.

    Josh Fox ("Gasland") was handcuffed for attempting to further shed light on the meeting. This revealed plenty about gas producers' apologists in the Republican Party. They could have easily waived a rule requiring so-called proper credentials to exercise First Amendment rights in Congress, but took a break to round up votes to be SURE they could shut down Fox.
    The GOP is against everything that would help people, everything a good christian would do, and yet they call themselves the Moral Righ, the Religious Right!
    No it's the American people, Jack, who should be worried if the Republicans somehow steal the Election, you know, like they did before!

    February 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  56. Larry in Houston

    How worried should President Obama be about winning a second term ??

    Answer : Very Worried. period. (or else perhaps he Just doesn't care if he wins or not) since he'll have secret service for the rest of his life, and all of the other "perks". . .

    I used to Vote for a different person, no matter what the party is – depending on the qualifications of the person I'm Voting for – when I used to live back East, Jack. ( have you ever noticed when I sign my name, I sign as : " IN " Houston , instead of " From " Houston ? ) I'm Voting a Straight Democratic Ticket, I guess it makes me feel as though my Vote counts, instead of voting for the "Qualifications" Issue. Get it ?

    Larry IN Houston – Not "From"

    February 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  57. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    Republican campaign hysteria that Obama has ruined America is rubbish and folly. Barack Obama can run his campaign on his acheivements alone without negative attacks on his opponent.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  58. David of Alexandria, VA

    He should be very worried. When your performance results in leading the country is so bad, you can only blame your predecessor and villify your likely successor so much before people start to wonder, "Four more years of what? This? I don't think so" That's where I am. This hasn't worked and if he is re-elected, there is no basis whatsoever to say that anything would change the outcome.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  59. Eve Lemon

    President Obama should sleep well. Potential opponents are: A billionaire flip-flopper king, possessing the charisma of dust mite doo-doo. A serial cheater wo uses the daughters from his first wife to, trash his second wife, for criticizing this third wife. A man who wants to eliminate birth-control. And, a Ross Perot clone who usually tells the truth (except about his old newsletters) and whose party will not support him. Sleep tight, Pres-O.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  60. Luv Daniels, Gary,Indiana

    The pesident will be fine, win or lose. HEwill be more in demand and less baggage besides he don't need the
    headache, or deranged woman shaking her finger in his face, or he will not hear, one term phrase, You lie, and the world can get to takkkke baaaack their country by a rich man who dyes his hair blackier than black. Let's hope he don't
    have a bad hair day like trump or newt's wig. LUV

    February 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  61. Joe

    With the current lineup of clowns that want to run against him? Not very.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  62. Laura

    Very worried.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  63. garrick

    Hey Jack

    with the way the GOP look Obama will win.it look like the comedy club's have a lot of good jokes again this year without Palin in the race.they make themselves look bad again and again they should be called the( comedy party).

    g.t clearwater,fl

    February 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  64. Jim, Denver CO

    You've asked this question a couple of other times in different ways. The answer is the same as before. Yes, he should be worried. It is the Independent vote he needs to worry about the most. But, with the way the Republican candidates are blowing their own foots off with their mouths he won't have too difficult a time convincing the Independents he is the lesser of two evils.
    It is the Congress that has me worried. That is the total wildcard in this years elections.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  65. Jane in CA

    I would guess that he is less and less worried the longer the GOP debates are televised. There was a real reason Ronald Reagan wanted his "eleventh commandment". Aside from alienating a lot of independents with their debate answers, they are giving Democratic campaign strategist hours of damning statements to pound them with in the general, unless there is some magical unknown pair of candidates turn out to be the actual nominees. And then all the Democrats need to do is ask what their positions are. If they appeal to the Republican base, they won't appeal to what is probably a majority of total voters. If they appeal to the majority of voters, they turn off their base. Not good if you want to win an election, which makes Obama look more and more likely to win a second term, if only by default.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  66. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    Nothing to it. Right now no one can beat Obama. He is going to win it. I can't see Romney using the Mormon Bible to take the oath of office. Mormon today does not practice Polygamy but neither they admit it was wrong, they were commanded by God. How would like to have Romney with two first lady. Newt Gingrich married three time, at least this one is healthy, he would have find him another one if that one was sick. He is no good with women. So it does live Obama for another term.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  67. Brando

    Very. worried. You know why? Mitt's playbook: McCain's' states (180), IN (11), VA (13), NC (15), NH (4), FL (29), OH (18) = 270. Literally 270. That's all he needs. He gets 270. Rove et all know the states, the counties, the demographics to make it happen. Axelrod / Messina = NO ROVE, NO CARVILLE EITHER.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  68. diridi

    not at all.....Obama2012.
    PS: this election is about Rich v/s Middle Class America.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  69. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    The bad news is that Obama's approval rating is down (in trouble?). The good news is that as bad as the approval rating is (not as bad as our congress) its better than any Republican opponents ratings. The circus parade of clowns goes on.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  70. C Longman ( Bconlong) Turks & Caicos

    Jack, he should not be worried at all, however, in any election candidates will always have some reservation
    about their chances so he I'd no different. If the American electorate vote with their heads the result of the election will surprise a lot. Small but important a lot of his achievements are, disappointed with the health care result, however, smart people will know that his administration is the best for America and the world now.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  71. Noe

    The price of gas for some weird reason is going up... That means the pres is doomed. Gas going up going into election time? Weird eh?

    February 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  72. bob z. from pa.

    he must know he is going to lose . why would he be aleating so many people like catholics and christians

    February 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  73. Jim Mason, Citrus Springs, Florida

    No problem, half the nation on the dole,most all are products of government schools, in love with American Idol,never watch the nightly news, with everything going ther way, why change.
    Sure glad I had a good life!


    February 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  74. chris

    he should start lanning post presidency life come jan 2013 he will be out

    February 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  75. Loren

    I would hope a lot, but given the Republican battle, and the apparent nominee Romney incapable of keeping his foot out of his mouth, not as worried as he should. I am leaning more and more toward Romney as a technocrat who at least could make the difficult decisions of what needs to be cut and where we need to make investments. I don't get that feeling from either Obama or Gingrich. Sometimes it's best to just take your medicine and Romney may be it.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  76. Jake Zollner in Illinois

    I doubt Barack Obama worries about being elected to a second term. He's a multi-millionaire and he's going down in history as the first black President. The only thing he has to worry about is his legacy, and if he doesn't become bolder this year, he will be seen as another liberal failure like Jimmy Carter. I only hope that he is worrying more about the American People than his own re-election.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  77. Pat, Twin Falls, Idaho

    Why worry about something he cannot control–He's NOT going to WIN.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  78. David Longstreet


    Obama really has nothing to worry about. He has top people tapped to make his second term a cinch. The Committee to Re-Elect Barack Obama (consisting of Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum) have already developed a working program to assure his second term.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  79. Bob from Bellmore Long Island, New York

    There are never any guarantees in a Presidential election and the world can change dramatically in the next nine months, but as of now I don’t think the President has a lot to worry about. Once it becomes a two person race, the President will match up very well with any of the Republican candidates. And if Mitt Romney gets the nomination, Newt will run as a third party candidate just to stop Romney from having any chance to win and basically hand the election to Obama.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  80. Marilyn, Powell OH

    I think he and all of America should be worried about his not winning a second term given the slate of Republicans wanting to take his place.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  81. Patsy, Texas

    Considering the zoo offered up by the Republicans, I think America should be very worried if President Obama
    does not win a second term. He can walk away knowing he tried his best, while we will be left to deal with
    an incompetent hyena, regardless of who wins the nomination.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  82. r. cameron

    Well, Wolf, I believe it obvious that asking a question concerning if someone approves of his presidential policy history at this time is not the same as asking if someone will vote for the man. Comparatively speaking, Obama is looking pretty great right now. The Repubs are flubbing it up on the campaign trail and Romney has a gaffe every other day. We both know Obama doesn't "gaffe" and is one of the best campaigners of our time, or any time for that matter. He is also an excellent debater as well. You and I both know that his numbers will only rise as the campaign goes on and he gets out there and mingles with the people. He is the default populist candidate because Romney is soo disconnected as evidenced by his rhetorical gaffes (which show how he really feels). Regardless of the policy this president has passed, his demeanor and likeability as a human being will win him this election by 2 or 3 points this fall. All he has to do is avoid a big blunder (which his history shows he will do), he has this in the bag. But of course, the media cannot say this because it would not make for interesting television. haha
    Peace & Love

    February 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  83. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    The only thing President Obama has to worry about is voter suppression. The latest poll in FL shows Obama leading Romney 49-41. Gallup's average of ALL swing states is misleading. Obama is in great shape to win reelection as long as he's able to get the voters out who should be allowed to vote.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  84. Jerry Driskell

    Well, I would guess that if the NEA, AFLCIO, NOW, NAACP, Hispanics, African Americans, Hollywood elite, the liberal media and the 3 million federal employees desert him; he has a problem. Otherwise; it's for more years.
    Blairsville, GA

    February 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  85. Paul - North Carolina

    We don't know who the nominee will be but right now Romney is the leader. If he's the best they've got Obama has little to worry about. Willard has a penchant for shooting himself in the foot about once a week or so. By the time the general election rolls around he will have alienated evryone but extremely wealthy, white, male, Mormon, dog hating, private equity firm executives. With all that going for him he'll have to make up ever bigger fairy tales to carry any state but Utah. Newt would actually have a better chance of winning but, then again, he's Newt.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  86. Gary H. Boyd

    With his ego Jack, I suspect Obama hardly gives it a thought. And even if he did lose, considering the monetary compensation and perks a President gets after leaving office, he's fixed for life with no aggravations whatsoever. Jack, your question would have us believe Obama'slike a guy sitting on a keg of dynamite, lit fuse burning and a caption reading "What, Me Worry?" It's not true Jack - just not true.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    February 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  87. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    With a little over ten months to go he should be kinda worried. But if the Republicans keep up what they are doing so well right now, making themselves look like incompetant fools, then he might not have to worry. But if the Republicans can come out of the convention with a non-of-the-above moderate candidate he will have something to worry about.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  88. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    He should always be worried when it comes down to the American voter. It is shockingly surprising how much short term memory loss is out there, and how easily manipulated the public can be. To even suggest that a Republican has even the dimmest chance at running this country again, is a testament to the lack of capacity our citizens have for common sense and logical thinking. Maybe it's just me, but going back to the destructive dark ages of Bush conservatisim doesn't seem like what an enlightened person would choose to do. But then again, I'm not a Republican.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  89. Chris from Florida

    The President should be very worried about a second term The base which supported him in solid numbers last election writ-large is feeling disenfranchised by this administration. Liberals may stay on the sidelines, independents are on the fence, and very large numbers of Republicans are seriously energized. He may have a $ Billion to try to buy this election, but the country is headed for the toilet, and there is no sign his domestic policies, including the ill-fated Obama-Care, will make any big change prior to November. Worried? I'd say that's under-stated.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  90. Ron from NEBR.

    I dont beleive it would truly matter who the President is today. Wheather it be a Republican or Democrat, man or woman, this country would still be where it is today. And the polls would still be what they are now. The problem does not lay on the President but on the thuggery of our Congress. They care nothing for the people of this country but continue to lay the blame on this President. I am a registered Republican and have been for almost 50 yrs and can not remember a President that has truly tried to get things done only to fall on the deaf ears of Congress. Rather than worry about polls on the Presidents acomplishments we should focus on why many of his ideas have not been implimented but rather ignored buy this do nothing Congress. TERM LIMITS and FINANCE REFORM NOW!!!!!

    February 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  91. Jeff in Bishop, Georgia

    Mr. Cafferty, I don't think Obama should be worried at all. He should simply accept the fact that his term has been an utter failure, and he should quietly fade away from governing anything. The job of President has been too big for him, and his idiotic, left-wing ideology is not cohesive with mainstream America.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  92. Gigi Oregon

    I don't think he needs to worry at all the Americans are fed up with the Republican party, corporate America and the super pacs. They have no creditability at all and are eating democracy up one million dollars at a time. It looks like Capitalism could be the end of the "American Dream" for the "we the people" of the United States. The Republican circus they have put on is not all that stable. The one who may win the votes may be Ron Paul come next November running as an independent, pulling votes from all parties..

    February 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  93. Richard C.

    Jack, let me 'count the ways'; unemployment is terrible, people are depressed about the economy, housing prices are at an all time low, he continues to spend ridiculous amounts of money on boondoggles, our status in the world is at an all time low, and he is more concerned with keeping his job than he is with America. As far as I am concerned 'Obama, you're fired!
    Malvern, PA.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  94. Gail, Plano TX.

    President Obama is running against a circus filled with inept clowns. The GOP has become a party of idiots. Listening to their poisonous rhetoric day in & day out has become physically painful. That said, I am still worried because I think they will hijack the election. They have done it before. Do not underestimate their treachery.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  95. AJ in Austin TX


    All of the statistics you quoted only prove one thing: The media have been slacking and will probably ramp up their biased attacks against Republicans, especially the Republican nominee. President Obama has enjoyed excellent air cover by the media these last three years, but even that can't mask his dismal record.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  96. Larry in Houston

    How worried should President Obama be about winning a second term?

    I don't know how he's going to win hardly any state below the mason-dixon line, Jack. ( but you said D.C. + 10 others , huh ) ok, I'll buy that. You're right, I doubt if obama raises as much as they were anticipating.

    And . . . The CBO says the unemployment is likely to climb to 9% by election time . . . I guess you didn't see what happened in the first 5 or 6 minutes of hannity last nite, did you ? Believe me, I rarely watch that station, as a matter of fact, I haven't watched him since he broke away from combs. I mean between him & Juan williams, it got not only toxic & acidic – it got downright Volatile ! I mean Juan & hannity was reaming each other, up one side, and down the other,Jack. It got downright bombastic, between Both of them for about 5 or 6 minutes. I've never seen anything like it, Jack. They were talking on Top of one another, and it was difficult trying to hear what each other was saying. That whole station should be fined, or shut down or something, it's pathetic. It seems like everybody Talks at the same time, and over the top of each other, it doesn't matter what or who's show – I mean, They are dis-agreeing with the CBO report, can you believe that ? No wonder this country is so divided, Jack. Every anchor on that channel spews so much toxic & caustic hatred about our elected officials, it's pitiful.

    Larry IN Houston

    February 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  97. Nancy, Cunningham, TN

    That gray hair isn't appearing by itself. He is worried and he should be because the economy is not recovering fast enough for the Americans who forgot that the Republicans are the ones who put our country in this economic mess. If Republicans regain the White House it will be more of the same with the rich hoarding up the money that puts our country at risk for another depression. We don't need a Republican in the White House especially one who is so rich he doesn't understand being poor with the insufficient safety nets.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  98. mario

    should not cause he will will by a large margin,, no problemo

    February 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  99. Paul, Socorro, NM

    He shouldn't be worried. His popularity is strong regardless of his policy failures and outrageous legislation (NDAA for instance). It also helps that the republicans are stuck to nominate any one of the three stooges or the one person who is the establishment's biggest threat and the people's champion. I think if Obama is going to worry, it should be when he's up against Ron Paul. He's the only candidate who can restore America to its people.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  100. Renee Peoria,Ill

    If the Republicans keep working their tails off to get him re-elected, not very.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  101. diridi

    jack, not at all. He will win with landslide victory. this election is Rich v/s Middle Class America. period.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  102. lou.nj

    HeyJack.....you and the MSM can throw all the spectulation you want out here,it doesn't mean a hill of beans.The fact of the matter is the only ones worry are you guys.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  103. Fred Colby; Menominee, MI

    Second term worries? Not really. What Obama needs to watch is Democrats retaining the Senate and winning back the House so we can take the country back from the fanatical right-wing zealots.

    Fred from dah U-P

    February 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  104. Luv Daniels, Gary,Indiana

    Trump made his announcement and he had cheerleaders,YEA. Why didn't MITT win the nomination in 08, if he iis so good. we can't wait. A nasty pit bull is needed for mitt. He will chew up the president. The president will be fine regardless.pit bull trump. ruuufrroorff LUV

    February 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  105. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    I agree that President Obama should be concerned, but the fact is, none of the GOP candidates have a real solid plan for dealing with the unemployment issue, healthcare, and the heightening foreign situation. They're too busy attacking and tearing each other to pieces. Plus, alot of those who don't like Romney and may yet be forced to choose between him and Obama may decide to throw their support behind Obama.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  106. John from Alabama

    Jack: President Obama is worried he might have to blow Iran off the face of the earth, or Afghanistan might have many more killed in action letters to sign for parents and spouces, or the unemployment figure might jump up, or some natural disaster might hurt the country he loves. Jack, President Obama does worry about enough funds to beat the Republicans, or that he might lose the election in 2012. I believe he is worried about disappointing his two girls, or his wife, Michelle, or himself. John from Alabama does not believe he as any worries in 2012.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  107. Terry

    When you consider what the GOP has put out there I wouldn't worry at all. None of them really have the ability to jump start anything they keep taking about. If you can't feel the needs of the American people in all walks of life like our current president does you are looking for something else and that isn't what we need. Find someone for 2016 you'll have a better chance.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  108. A Southern Lady

    The President should have concerns but the Republicans have so damaged themselves and each other with total character assination that, after hearing this through all the debates, none seem qualified for the office. If the President is re-elected, the Tea Party crazies,who are standing in the way of all progress, are sent home and the once-proud Republican party again elects statesmen instead of the sorry bunch that came in on the 2010 election, this county can again prosper. However, remembering the Florida election where Bush "won" over Gore, I am not sure, with all the money the R's have, how this will all turn out. My vote goes to President Obama.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  109. Ed from California

    How about, none. He's doing an oustanding job, with no help at all from Boehner and his party. Again....Mr. Boehner, where are the jobs!!! We are still waiting.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  110. Greg Turman

    A unknown in the '08 election, Nobel Peace Prize winner, pushed domestic oil production offshore / higher dependence on foreign oil, double digit un employment, real bad economy, big trouble with Iran, etc etc. Same scenario for Jimmy Carter and he lost re-election in a land slide.
    President Obama should be real worried.
    Gregory Turman

    February 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  111. Jerry in Alaska

    I would say Very worried, kind of like you are Jack.
    The thing is that one needs to realize is that WWIII has started & its fixing to spread to America & we won't see a 2012 election, as i have tried to warn you & many of.

    Obama will & has already messed up his chance of reelection if we make it that far, with his False Hope & Change to Believe in Religion, a Religion ment to do away with OUR Nations Old Beliefs he has cooked his own goose.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  112. John

    With the mess he's gotten us in, if I were him, I would sure worry about getting re-elected because then I would have to try to clean it up. Better to lose, blame my first term on Bush and my defeat on racists.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  113. Terry in Virginia

    If you've been watching the GOP primary circus, you wouldn't have to ask this question. Mr. Obama will win by a landslide if for no other reason than he's the devil I know. He sure beats the heck out of some rich guy who has no clue what life's like for anyone except the uber rich but thinks being President would be kinda neat.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  114. Steve,NY

    He should be very worried. Most of his sucesses are taking effect either after the 2012 election or in 2014. Obviously there's is something suspicious when you have to wait until the election of 2012 for promises made in 2008. That's why he's campaigning now and again for things he should have implemented 2 years ago. Wait and see when the Republican Machine starts spitting all those negative advertisements against him. He'll be squirming. By the way the seniors are still waiting for their tax cut that Obama promised them in 2008. They got one measly social Security increase in the last 3 years, while the current working people got their payroll tax cut up to $2000/yr. Also wait when the Seniors get their Medicare Advantage plans taken away in 2014. It'll be too late do anything but the Senoirs should be aware of that. I'm surprised that the Seniors are not speaking up. They are getting the short end of the stick.
    The only thing that will save Obama is he has to attack Iran. Then the majority will support him.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  115. Gene, Jacksonville, Fl

    Not at all Jack. $10k says Romney will be the republican nominee and coupled with this do nothing congress, so many middle class voters will have spiraled down through their safety nets and become the poor. Like elephants (with the exception of the GOP mascot), the poor never forget!

    February 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  116. Jordan H

    President Obama has little reason to be worried in the November general election. Approval ratings aren't polls between Obama and the GOP nominee, I suspect that many of those "disapproves" will still choose Obama over the less than desirable GOP candidacies. Whether the nominee is Romney or Newt, one is slightly right of Obama and the other has polarized himself to the point where he's on the moon trying to explain his extreme propositions.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  117. Bernard

    Jack, it must be another slow day at CNN. Here you go again trying to stir up stuff that just ain't there. Anyone who votes for Mitt or Newt over President Obama is either really rich, really racist or really stupid.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  118. Will from south dakota

    He shouldn't be worried at all. I am a lifelong republican and I will definitely be voting for Obama. I don't think Obama has been a good president and I don't agree with most of his policies but still I think he is less of a threat to our country than the likes of Romney or Gingrich. What a shame that the republican party is incapable of fielding a reasonable candidate.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  119. Muhammed J. Bawany

    He shouldn’t be worried a bit the competition he has is a joke to the country, none of them talk about the real issues they just keep blaming Obama. Obama keeps faces hurdles on whatever he does and plans to do. Obama made the economy stable and since he took the office our foreign policy has improved. Obama should be given another term to put the country back on top what republicans and bush destroyed in his two terms.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  120. Shane

    They're all crooks, what happened to our country

    February 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  121. Mardie

    Are you kidding Jack? Where have you been? With the GOP clown candidates, how can he lose?

    February 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  122. Nancy - Pella Iowa

    Jack, from the beginning you have shown a dislike for President Obama in many not so subtle ways. I always want to ask you, what do you know that the rest of us do not? So far I cannot find much to complain about with how Obama has handled his job and am thankful for him in every way. Please share where you're coming from.
    To answer the question - if there is something real you have to say that we need to know about, then maybe he does have something to worry about; otherwise, I trust the American people to recognize what a great leader he really is!

    February 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  123. Ed in California

    Possibly my opinion should not count as I could not bring myself to vote for him in 2008, wanted Hillary. He should be worried and mostly because of his health plan. No, I am not against a govt sponsored health plan for everyone, but what we got is total...oh, you know the word!

    February 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  124. Jake from Ottawa

    Well Jack when you look at it Obama does in fact have a 44% approval rating. But I learned that at the end of Romney`s one term as governor, he had 34% aprovel rating. So Romney had 10% less then Obama does now. Question That CNN.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  125. Thomas Craig Smith from Valley Village CA

    Not as long as Mitt Romney is coming up with bon mots like "I'm not concerned about the very poor". He might as well have said, "Let them eat cake".

    February 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  126. Jeff in Chicago

    Obama should be worried yes but not because he has done or said anything wrong but because people like Romney, Gingrich, Limbaugh and other conservatives are lying about what he does and says on a daily basis and a lot of people actually believe the lies. Reference their claim that Obama is waging a war on religion. Absolutely absurd.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  127. Carrie

    Not worried at all, What do we have with the GOPT nothing but Clowns, Obama 2012 No Contest!!!!!

    February 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  128. Frank-----Fort Worth, TX

    He needs to be afraid.....be very afraid!

    February 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  129. Margot

    I think he worries less than the press does. This self-obsession with politics and polls is purely something to keep the media employed.......Talk to us in August or September. Next time surprise your viewers and talk about Afghanistan, Syria, the Komen foundation, the new mortgage rules for banks. Believe it or not Jack–some of us have lives beyond polls and flapping mouths about polls!!!!! The press needs to start covering the news again.....Try it you might like it.......Mickey in Washington.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  130. Greg Smith

    The more poignant question should be how scared should the middle class be if Romney gets elected?

    February 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  131. Evan

    Gingrich has way too many skeletons in his closet and spread out across his floor.. and hanging off of him, and being held by him. Romney is simply a politician and will try to say whatever it takes to get elected. His personality must have been sucked out when he was a kid because he gives the same emotional feel as a plant. Obama has actually accomplished a lot in a time where it's an argument over EVERYTHING. Obama actually cares about people as well, not just the rich. And unless the majority of America wants the taxes of the rich cut (which they don't) I'm not trembling about the election.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  132. Ronnie from Pittsburgh

    The President's numbers may be down – but barring and unforseen catastrophe, and if the GOP can't run anyone better than these mutts, he should be fine. That being said, if the republicans continue to be willing to run the country off a cliff rather than support him we better all buckle up! He needs to win and then take the gloves off!

    February 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  133. Nick L. Beatty

    He shouldn't be any more worried about reelection than Romney should be about getting elected. Don't forget, only about 25-30% of Republicans support front-runner-Romney. The President's slipping approval rating must be considered along with the drop in approval for ALL politicians, otherwise it tells us nothing about the potential outcome of the election.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  134. AB

    President Obama should be very concerned about the health of the economy and really pull out all the stops in tying to improve it if he wants to improve his re-election prospects. Putting people back to work and enhancing their disposable income and spending is key to enhancing the economy. The economy is slowly improving, but Obama has to do things to speed up that improvement way before November 2012. The Republicans are still in disarray and chaos and a potential third party candidate can cut both ways–he can take votes away from Obama's Republican opponent or he can take votes from Obama. Obama cannot afford to take anything or anyone for granted.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  135. Ted in Florida

    That the president proclaimed that America is back with a straight face was laughable....he should be worried, very worried!

    February 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  136. Alexander LaForgia

    Are you kidding? He should be trembling in his boots. With the economy on the fritz, his unwillingness to end the Patriot Act and close Guantanamo Bay he has turned on his base time and again. Democrats could be so frustrated that they will exercise the only other visible option and vote Republican. That, of course, would be a mistake.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  137. Michelle Bonham

    President Obama should be very worried about losing a second term. All the glitz and awe from his 2008 campaign is gone, and what is left is continued unemployment, an awful housing market, and a deficit that is out of control and he wants to spend more. I hope those who voted for him for all of his empty promises will drag their tails and do the right thing on the 2012 ballot.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  138. Tom from Ebensburg, PA

    I don't believe he is "worried" too much about the election aspect. I think what does "worry" him is the devisiveness and unfairness that currently exist in politics and society in general. His worries, rather, extend beyond holding a particular office as he sees our struggles and inadequecies from a higher plane. Probably concepts most materialistic and narcistic egotist can never grasp or understand. Thank goodness, for all mankind, for a person like Barak Obama.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  139. Todd

    The only thing President Obama can run on is his charm. He's increased the national debt, failed in the addition of jobs, has engaged in class warfare, and has yet to prove in court that he's a natural born citizen. I think he should be worried; that is a pretty dismal record. But naturally the mainstream media will be in the tank with him until the bitter end; they are easily persuaded by his charm, which any reasonable thinking person can see right through.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  140. Felicity Pearson

    Solindra, Fast and Furious, trillions in debt, unemployment unchanged – if President Obama is not shaking in his boots, then he should be. Also, he promotes class warfare and envy towards rich folks except the ones that give billions to his campaign. Move over Jimmy Carter – Obama's got you beat as the WORST president in US history.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  141. Joe Stephens

    If Romney is Obama's opponent, the President has nothing to worry about. Mitt Romney is a dolt, a vapid man with very few ideas and the stage presence of a Greek column. Obama is beatable, but not by this guy. Surely the GOP could have come up something better.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  142. Jim Champion

    Jack, President Obama should be worried with a campaign slogan going from Yes We Can to I'll See What I Can Do... Two Zero One Two.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  143. Joe

    Jack, why put so much weight in these Gallop polls? When you take the current far right GOP field of candidates into account and the polls that that show dissatisfaction with the current congress, Obama has nothing to worry about. Not to mention, I think this will be a better year for people. He smart and will win a second term despite what these current polls show.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  144. Jeffrey Lauffer Merritt Island Florida

    Jack, approval ratings have absolutely nothing to do with how people are likely to vote. I do not approve of everything the president has done in his first term, and even if I did not approve of the majority of what he did, I would certainly not make a bad situation much worse by electing any of the "clowns" the republicans have offered to lead this country. The president has to be concerned about this trend, but he can increase his approval rating numbers much easier than the republicans can garner votes.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  145. jerry c

    absolutely!!! jack,
    he's got to put down that golf club an basket ball for a while these candidates mean bussiness, the american people want to see real change so far from my point of veiw. president obamas done only three things in four years found and killed the man osama bin laden, forced americans to buy into health care and still continuing onto our 14 trillion dollar debt. this mans got alot to worry about...

    February 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  146. Jerry in Alaska

    Happy Ground Hog Day, Jack.
    Am i wrong or does it seem that we all are experiancing the same old stuff from the chosen one day after day, and we had better decide to change from that new hope & change thingy, that is if its not to late.

    Happy Ground Hog Day, Jack.
    Am i wrong or does it seem that we all are experiancing the same old stuff from the chosen one day after day, and we had better decide to change from that new hope & change thingy, that is if its not to late.

    Happy Ground Hog Day, Jack.
    Am i wrong or does it seem that we all are experiancing the same old stuff from the chosen one day after day, and we had better decide to change from that new hope & change thingy, that is if its not to late.

    Sorry, i'm back, and yes he better be worried, but, WE THE PEOPLE had also better be worried that he does get reelected, and stop the madness now, if we have a chance to do so.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  147. Charles - San Antonio

    No. He should just keep singing. But I recomend that he change his tune to "Highway to hell" which is more representative of where the republicans will take this country if they get the white house.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  148. George from Wilton, CT

    He should only start getting worried if Romney becomes the nominee. If the Republicans nominate anybody but Romney, the President will have a cakewalk into a second term.

    The unfavorables of the other candidates (specifically Gingrich) are so massive, even compared to some of the negative sentiment against the President, none of the GOP candidates would have a chance.

    Defeating an incumbent President is hard enough (hasn't happened in 20 years), the GOP needs to wise up and realize electability should be of the highest concern; not extreme conservative credentials. If they don't, the President has nothing to worry about.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  149. lisa, N.J.

    If the unemployment rate continues to rise I believe the President might have a problem. I also think the President made a mistake by forcing religious organizations to comply with his Affordable Healthcare Act. He kicked a Hornets Nest. I think that may cost him voters. It will all depend on moderates.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  150. Bill Edwards

    Worried...yes....about the people all the people not just the rich.

    American people should be WORRIED about putting another RICH EX-GOVERNOR
    in the white house since the last one put us in this mess !

    I am WORRIED the American people will screw the middle class by voting republican again
    although you have to wonder how they could even consider it after the 2010 Tea Party

    February 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  151. John Martin

    Obama has no worries at all. Even if Ron Paul won the GOP nomination, Trump would run as an Independent to make sure Obama won. There is no left/right divide in DC. That is just a show they put on to mislead us. In reality, the GOP is simply in search of a credible loser to face Obama. This is why there hasn't been a single candidate besides Ron Paul who gets big crowds showing up at their campaign stops. The big crowds are also why the media doesn't cover Ron Paul.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  152. Gary Brown

    Worry is something americans do daily now. The one thing that Obama does that has my vote is that he seems to care about ordinary citizens. The Republicans from what iv'e seen don't even know we exist.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  153. Robert

    He should not be worried. He should just keep doing his job well as he has been doing. The failure, if he loses the election, will be our own. We allowed George Bush to get a second term, which led to the evil that is Citizen's United. Now it remains to be seen whether corporations and special interests can buy an election. Then again, if people were better taught critical thinking and logic it would be less of an issue, but instead people often vote based on their feelings, and spooky sounding voices in quantity sadly works well to influence those...

    February 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  154. Yvonne

    Your question is what I would expect from a Republican, more of the same pessimism with no solutions. Dream on GOP, President Obama need not worry at all .

    February 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  155. Lisa Illinois

    He shouldn't worry to much, I voted repulbican last time and I can tell you Obama has my vote this time. I wouldn't vote for any of the republican candiates, it's the republican party that should be worrying,

    February 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  156. Michael Savage ( not radio host)

    Not worried at all. When elected in 2008 he said it would take more than 1 term. Bush used 2 terms to mess it up, so It will two terms to fix. He still has the same base he did last election if not more. The republican party is out of touch and down right have no Idea of how to help middle and low income families

    February 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  157. Allan

    Considering the Republican candidate offering this year, I would be more worried about the American electorate's mental well being should the President not be reelected. It’s a lousy republican offering.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  158. Eric Lusby, MD

    President Obama should be very worried about the 2012 election. Although the economy was not his fault, and we have been having continuous job creation for 22 months straight; there are still people who are hurting and need support. I believe he is doing a great job and deserves one more term. Think about it Jack…we gave Bush/Chaney another 4 years after the monstrosity they put us in….

    February 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  159. Allison from Vancouver

    Oy~ would you please stop trashing your president? Would you prefer Mitt or Newt to be there? Pathetic.I thank God I am Canadian ( although we do have our own "mini Bush" in charge here,for now.)

    February 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  160. Eric

    I don't think he has much to worry about with the choices the repubs have at the table........people really need to wake up and stop being sheep......I think they all want to be President at any cost....it's sad that they care more about the position than they do the people and the country.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  161. Mark

    Gallup is wrong. You may want to state the fact that Gallup has been wrong in the past. I have been crunching the statistics on all of the primaries and nation wide, my numbers come out different.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  162. Cliff Glass - East Rockaway, NY


    Approval ratings are irrelevant until the Republicans nominate a candidate. With Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich waiting backstage, any prayers the President might have said have obviously been answered

    February 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  163. Sean in Spring Branch, TX

    The best thing the President has going for him are the candidates the Republicans put up against him. Alan Keyes re-treads, a 1% can of hairspray, and Ron Paul. These flat-line choices just don't match up with the 'sky is falling' rhetoric we've been hearing from the GOP since January 2009. I guess it's the elite media's fault.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  164. Chief St. Tomalin Nyenwolo George, I.

    Why should President Obama be worry? President Obama has proven track records yet to be broken by an y President before him! He has kept America safe and stable the last five and half years; he has captured or killed some of the World's high profile terrorists including the one time most wanted man in the world Osama Ben Ladin!

    regarding the US economy; it is on a postive oath to recovery! Economists and several finacial experts predicts that the US economy is on a postive upward trend and unemployment will definitely reach an all time low of less than 8% before the FALL elections!
    He has kept his promises of ending most of the wars started by Republican Presidents and is now bringing the Troops back home!
    President Barack Hussein Obama will be re-elected President of the USA come what may!
    Mitt or Newt will be destroyed well, well if either are the Republican Presidential nominee.
    We are just watching as they both self-destruct themselves!

    February 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  165. Jay

    I think He should worry if the Dems don't constantly remind the American People how we got here?? Emotions have a way of eroding memory!! It Blows me away how the Right constantly point the finger at Pres. Obama even while their whole mission has been just to get him out, not to better the country!! Some Americans act like this President has done everything to hurt us?? I think He has done everything to keep us in the game because the Right fumbled the Ball!! 2000-2008!! Hellooo anybody home???

    February 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  166. Michael Savage ( not radio host)

    Not worried at all. When elected in 2008 he said it would take more than 1 term. Bush used 2 terms to mess it up, so It will taketwo terms to fix. He still has the same base he did last election if not more. The republican party is out of touch and down right have no Idea of how to help middle and low income families

    February 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  167. Colleen from Canada

    I am sure the administration is worried. So am I. We in Canada respect and are impressed by the Obama leadership. He has an excellent sense on foreign policy, environmental issues, and what if fair and just for the people. He has very little control over an economy that is contingent on world economies, and was in the tank when he took office. Why would anyone want to go back to republican unregulated policies which contributed greatly to the recession. I guess short term memories are truly a deficient if you put back the same party that brought about the economic mess. So am sure Obama is worried that all the hard work bringing back the economy will mean 10 steps backward with a republican as president.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  168. Betty from San Diego

    Obama is a one trick pony. Tricked us into putting him into office when he CLEARLY stated that his weakest characteristic was the ecomony. Change we can believe in, oh but, that's right, I didn't say it would happen next week. Well how about three years later? How long do we have to wait? Oh that's right two terms. OMG where will we be then? I guess all of my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will be living with me and we will be lucky to be eating beans three times a week.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  169. Chief St. Tomalin Nyenwolo George, I.

    'road to recovery I meant'

    February 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  170. June

    President Obama should be worried because this presidential race is not about economic issues but racism. It won't go away until the American people deal with it head on.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  171. Marlene Florida

    President Obama has nothing to worry about for re-election. We Democrats have his back! Mitt Romney & Newt Gingrich are a bunch of jokers.....it's quite entertaining to watch them attack each other...neither one has anything good to offer to the American people. Mitt doesn't care about the poor people as he doesn't have any clue about being poor! Newt is too busy cheating on his wives while they suffer in the hospital...this message is for you Mr. President....."don't worry about a thing cause every little thing is gonna be alright".

    February 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  172. Tim from Tx

    After watching the Republican candidates for the last several months..I hope he doesn't have to worry at all...but if he does then it is all of us who should really be worried

    February 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  173. William W. Choate, PE, JD

    Pres. Obama would not want a 2nd term if he knew what is expect of his successor: directive to his U.S.Attorneys for
    Federal Grand Jury indictments of "deregulatied"local government raud, waste, abuse, and corruption in the nationall debt.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  174. Raymond P. Bilodeau, Worcester, MA

    Unless there's a rehab facility for the winning Republican candidate prior to the election, Obama will have more than enough arguments against whoever it is.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  175. Doug in Oregon

    Jack, have you seen the republican candidates lately? Unless there is a dark horse entry late in the game Obama may not even be required to campaign...simply let the GOP nominee dig his own political grave.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm |

    As a "GOD FEARING MAN", Obama should be concerned with what has happened to his fellow mankind during his term, but most Americans aren't willing to trade bad for worse during this coming election.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  177. Frank-----Fort Worth, TX

    @Steve, NY-it takes several years for any implementation to come to fruition....and longer when the horsepower of Congress is against you! The President could order attack on Iran, we could win, and still not get credit for the victory if the GOP has its way.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  178. Cee.Louisiana

    He is probably a little worried .....however i cannot imagine anyone who is of the working class, voting for a Republican....they have not a clue how the working class live......President Obama has the most humble back ground of any candidate.....I hope he wins......

    February 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  179. Dave, St. Joseph, Mo.

    How worried should Obama be? In the trillions.
    St. Joseph, Mo.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  180. Scott Elliott Belfast, NY

    I don't think he is as worried as I am. Romney scares the hell out of me.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  181. Doreen Augusta Maine

    If the true 99% of Americans don't get up and vote for President Obama in November, then America is lost. None of the Republicans are worthy of being President of the United States. None of them give one little bit of concern for the working Americans. All they care about is the rich. America cannot function with just the rich.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  182. David Doherty

    I think the question should be how worried should America be if we get stuck with either mutt or jeff. If either one of these two republican candidates becomes President, we are screwed. I am scare newt will take the oath of office as flexible his wedding vows and mitt will say anything that the people want to hear just to win, he can always change his mind later when the price is right.
    Dave from NH.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  183. Politics

    Americans know who is fighting for them and will re-elect Presdient Obama. You should be asking Gov. Romney to release his Bain returns to prove that he is a job creator. He must release them! What is he hiding?

    February 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  184. Scott from Washington

    Obama is magnetic in his personality, but is that enough to give him a second term?

    No. I believe that the more concerned he is the better he has at getting elected again. I believe that anything can happen.

    He needs to get a handle on spending and figure out creative ways to do more with less as well as how to move the economy forward with less taxation not more.

    He needs to see more jobs happen...easier said than done, of course. May the best person win...

    February 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  185. Jim


    That depends on what, exactly, he would be worrying about. If simply about getting re-elected, he doesn't need to worry at all. Romney won't be a problem and Newt would be a romp 'n stomp. But if you're thinking about his maintaining his sanity through another four years of Republican sniping, sabotaging, and undermining, I'd say that's worth a few sleepless nights.

    Reno, Nevada

    February 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  186. Scott from Washington

    Obama is magnetic in his personality, but is that enough to give him a second term?

    No. I believe that the more concerned he is the better he has at getting elected again. I believe that anything can happen.

    He needs to get a handle on spending and figure out creative ways to do more with less as well as how to move the economy forward with less taxation not more.

    He needs to see more jobs happen...easier said than done, of course. May the best person win.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  187. David

    As intelligent as I'm assuming yourself and your staff is, it baffles me that you haven't realized the insignificance of your so-called "polls" by now. Who do you poll? I haven't been polled. Nobody I know has been polled. So how accurate could these results possibly be? Now if you just throw together these mock surveys for the purpose of having something to talk about, fill empty time slots or justify the importance of your job, so be it. However, be mindful of the platform you create for those whom are irrational and sensitive to these matters. Propaganda often leads to negative consequences. If you're not part of the solution, you contribute to the problem.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  188. Politics

    You asked the same question in January. It looks like you want him to be worried. I am delighted that your viewers are informed and particularly with Mark who noted that Gallup is unreliable.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  189. MICK -- Wolf Creek Montana

    How worried should President Obama be about winning a second term?

    President Obama is going to be re-elected. Because he is the best person for the job. Romney doesn't have a chance.
    The American people are not going to elect a Wall Street insider.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  190. BiL

    When the news is constantly filled with Republican vitriol and publicity, what do you expect the polls to say? (The nonstop coverage of the republican candidates is proof pudding the "liberal media" does not, and never has, existed.) When the real contest begins Obama will redeem this process, as he has redeemed the role of the President of the United States.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  191. Joe Young

    From Slippery Rock, PA
    He'll have to work, let people know the truth from the Republican lies, but no, no worry. He will win, barring further catastrophe.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  192. William W. Choate, PE, JD

    "President Obama would not want a 2nd term if he knew what his successor will have to do in dealing with the national debt.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  193. marybeth, massachusetts


    He should worry about doing his job, worry about the economy (still dismal), about the lack of jobs, and about running the country.

    The Republicans are not doing themselves are favors among Independents and moderates; they only appeal to their core base of haters. People want to see results. Romney comes across worse and worse every day, Newt can only spew hate; Santorum and Paul are so kooky that anyone with half a brain can tell that none of their policies make sense.

    Scary, but Obama's path seems moderate. Of course Congress will continue to stymie him every step of the way, and I just hope people see that.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  194. Elbert

    Team Obama should be more than worried. They should be afraid, very very afraid.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  195. Independent Voter

    He should not be worried, he will win the general election.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  196. Titus MacGregor - Exeter, NH

    What's to worry about? Obama's best campaign strategy for re-election is: Romney, Gingrich, Paul or Santorum. He needs to worry if Donald Trump wants to endorse him.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  197. Manny Ndingwan from North Carolina

    Jack compared to his GOP rivals; President Obama has less to worry about. With Mitt Romney making statements as: ‘I’m not concerned about the Very Poor.' Adding that there was a social safety net in place to take care of the poor. What social safety net? The Salvation Army? What happened to the Christian foundation of taking care of the poor?

    February 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  198. Bob

    Nothing to worry about unless of course you don't want unions, don't care about the poor or middle and ONLY want to make the rich even richer.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  199. Badly-Bent

    1. What's been done to ensure the integrity of the election process?
    2. What's been done to promote "fair trade"?

    Come on Jack? Really, he should be worried.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  200. Brent Hall

    I wish he would need to be more worried. The Republicans are screwing up big time. But, he should worry. He doesn't deserve a second term.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:59 pm |