New poll: President Obama hits all-time lows in Tennessee

Monday, October 24, 2011 at 1:50pm

With President Barack Obama’s job approval rating reaching an all-time low in Tennessee, three frontrunners for the GOP presidential nomination all enjoy double-digit leads in the Volunteer State against the president in hypothetical 2012 head-to-heads.

Figures were released Monday as a part of a new Middle Tennessee State University poll.

Obama’s job approval rating in Tennessee, a decidedly conservative state, has dipped to 30 percent this fall, with his disapproval percentage spiking to 63 percent.

Following Obama’s inauguration in 2009, the president enjoyed a 53 percent job approval rating in Tennessee, and a 27 percent job disapproval.

This spring, Obama’s approval numbers had already lowered to 39 percent. The downward spiral has continued.

“For the first time since President Obama’s inauguration in 2009, more than twice as many Tennesseans disapprove of the job he is doing as president than approve," the MTSU poll’s analysis reads.

Among self-identified Democrats in Tennessee, 67 percent approve of Obama’s job as president, while 25 percent disapprove.

But Obama has virtually no support among Republicans, with 89 percent of self-identified Tennessee Republicans disapproving of Obama’s job. 

Predictably, Obama’s abysmal job approval ratings in Tennessee have put him in poor position to compete for the state during his 2012 re-election bid. Four years ago, Obama finished with just 42 percent of the vote in Tennessee, compared to 57 percent for Republican candidate John McCain.

According to the poll, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the current Republican favorite to win the party’s nomination, holds a 44 percent to 29 percent lead over Obama in Tennessee in a hypothetical head-to-head.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a 41 percent to 28 percent advantage over the president, while businessman Herman Cain has a 39 percent to 28 percent lead over Obama.

Republican leads are even greater among “likely voters.” In this category, Romney’s backing swells to 48 percent to Obama’s 30 percent; Perry’s support goes to 45 percent to Obama’s 30 percent; and Cain’s support jumps to 44 percent to Obama’s 30 percent.

The poll states the obvious:

“At this point Obama’s campaign faces an uphill struggle against any seemingly plausible Republican challenger if the president is to win the state of Tennessee in 2012.” 

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27 Comments on this post:

By: yogiman on 10/24/11 at 1:04

Just wondering: When is our country going to be placed under martial law?

If he's loosing the election so steadily, he isn't going to be willing to release the White House. He feels too too comfortable there, especially with the expense free entertainment.

By: mr_cole on 10/24/11 at 2:07

Hey yogiman ( stupid name by the way ) That statement only shows the ignorance of some people, We could have said that about anyone who has ever held that office, so be a man, even if it's a yogiman ( lol), and say what you really feel, then get a life, loser.

By: govskeptic on 10/24/11 at 2:54

Tennessee voters never bought into the bloated resume
of President O'bama in 2008, and the supposed genius
status also over hyped by supporters and the press has
shown to be less than was superbly presented!
Just maybe a law degree and Community Organizer is not the excellent
training ground we were told to find a leader for 300 million people!

The march to an even wider socialist democracy still has the
most ardent supporters hanging on and defending as best
they can muster.

By: yogiman on 10/24/11 at 3:26

Sorry, mr_cole,

But accepting someone as the President of this nation whom you know nothing about, not only shows your ignorance, it also show your stupidity.

Do you perhaps know something about this man the rest of America doesn't know? We sure would like to know it.

One of the simple facts in his ineligibility applies when his stepfather adopted him as an Indonesian citizen.

Has he ever reversed his citizenship back to the USA? Has he changed his name given to him by his stepfather back to hi8s original name? When, or don't you care?

By: pswindle on 10/24/11 at 3:33

TN voted for George Bush. I rest my case.

By: bfra on 10/24/11 at 9:31

By: pswindle on 10/24/11 at 4:33

TN voted for George Bush. I rest my case.

And a very good case it is! TN certainly doesn't lead the pack for picking Presidents. Oh! And make that twice TN voted for Bush, Jr.!

By: budlight on 10/25/11 at 6:23

With President Barack Obama’s job approval rating reaching an all-time low in Tennessee, three frontrunners for the GOP presidential nomination all enjoy double-digit leads in the Volunteer State against the president in hypothetical 2012 head-to-heads.

It's hard to say "I'm sorry", "I was wrong", I voted with my emotions and not my head, but I know you Obama supporters can do it. Just take a long deep breath, swallow hard and repeat after me: Obama is not what I thought he was; he is and was wrong for the country. I'll do better next time.

Now, start listening to Herman Cain closely. It's OK if you just want to vote "color", but next time, choose true colors - Red White and Blue!

By: on 10/25/11 at 7:08

The Republicans were the party under which the national debt was TRIPLED in eight years and nobody seemed to notice (Reagan). Another Republican sent troops to Iraq to look for imaginary weapons of mass destruction, which cost billions of dollars and far too many lives.

The United States will save both money and lives because Obama is bringing the troops home.

It is absurd to blame the recession and all economic problems on a president who has not even finished one term. These problems have been developing for DECADES, facilitated by several presidents and those in Congress.

By: Radix on 10/25/11 at 7:52

It's funny to drive around town still see the occasional 'Obama 2012' sticker on people's cars. These people are like pswinde, cole, and iamataxpayer. Half baked academics, or shortsighted ideologues who fully believe their own rationalizations and want to go down with the ship.

Imataxpayer just wants to bring the troops home to save money. What happens when the whole region comes under the influence of Iranian hegemonism or Sharia law? Are you complaining about regime change in Libya? What is to follow there? Syria next? More Sharia Law? More Iranian influence?

Reagan's national debt as a percentage of GDP was a fraction of Obama's, and in sheer numbers Obama has added more to the deficits than all other presidents put together. He is still trying to grow the economy my decree instead of providing an environment that actually fosters growth. He continues his quid pro quo with unions, which is preventing us from competing with China.

The housing bubble was created by politicians such as Clinton, Dodd and Frank interfering with the free market. Bush is on record expressing concern about that practice only to be shot down by greedy Democrats trying to buy votes over and over. As of yesterday Obama wants to do it again, forcing banks to renegotiate mortgages.

I could go on and on... Bubbles happen, but it is not "absurd" to blame a president for making the same mistakes over and over, and not being able to at least start a turn around by now. Obama is never going to learn these things, and those who still support him are not going to either. I'm just glad he won't win again.

By: yogiman on 10/25/11 at 8:28

Sorry to 'say' it, Radix, but he didn't "win" the first time. He took the office by usurpation.

By: NewYorker1 on 10/25/11 at 8:29

It's obvious why Obama's rating are low in Tenn. It's because Tennesseans are racist, ignorant, uneducated, and backwoods.

By: govskeptic on 10/25/11 at 9:00

Passports out of Tenn are no more required than arriving
in the state! A few people, but not many, are so superior to
their neighbors in every way they may not be suited to that
particular neighborhood or even that state!

By: yogiman on 10/25/11 at 9:11

Welcome to Tennessee, NewYorker1!

Now may I ask a dumb question? What in the hell are you dong in Tennessee if you don't like it here? You're making remarks like your fellow poster from Detroit. But he doesn't seem to want to go home either.

As a Tennessean, I have always moved somewhere else if I didn't like the "neighborhood" I was living in. And that includes different states.

Your company must give you much free time to post on the internet, but did they have to send you to Tennessee so you could do that?

I mean, hell, can't you even post on the internet in New York?

By: Tull on 10/25/11 at 9:18

Come on Man!
These numbers show what's wrong with the political system in this country!
30% approval to 63% disapproval for everyone, 89% disapproval by republicans vs. 25% for democrats!!!
This is NOT A GAME people we should not be taking sides just because it's a democrat or republican. It's alright to say I made a mistake and I will do better next time. Listen, learn and make up your own mind!

By: pswindle on 10/25/11 at 9:21

Tennessee loves Gov. Haslam according to the same poll even though he has signed many bills to take rights away, and signed bills to benefit his family. It may take a year or two to know what these bills will do to you and your family. I'm not sure that the GOP in TN really understands what the GOP wants to do to their SS and Medicare and other rights. TN can't stand the idea of a black president. How sad for TN. Some still want the South to rise again and live in the pass of what the South was before the Civil War. But, when we sit back and let the churches take over, we are in big trouble.

By: NewYorker1 on 10/25/11 at 9:42

LOL... yogiman. I have my own company in the music industry, which I am here expanding my business. Once it can operate without my being here, then I'm heading back to New York or Paris to live. I'm not sure which one yet. I love both cities. At any rate, I love your spunk. You should take me out sometime and wine and dine me.

By: yogiman on 10/25/11 at 10:16

Why should I take you out and pay your bill, NewYorker1? Heck, you're the one doing the selling.And besides, you're in Nashville. I don't go close to Nashville any more and I used to work down on 8th Avenue in my youth.

And by the way, good luck on building your business. I hope you do well.

By: yogiman on 10/25/11 at 10:27


I agree to admitting you made a mistake, but I can't see anyone on this site doing so. They keep throwing that race factor in the game claiming Tennesseans as being racists. ASre they Tennesseans, or wash ins from other states?

So let's consider Barack the 44th white president of our nation. Feel better? Okay, he's still as guilty of his usurpation of that office as he would have been if he was the 1st black president of our nation.

And by the way, have you seen his so-called birth certificate showing his fathers race as African?

To educate you slightly, Tull, in 1961 the black people were known as Negroes. Africans were people who lived on the Continent of Africa. And I have never heard of anyone calling their race as the name of the continent they were born on. Have you, other than the Obamas?

By: yogiman on 10/25/11 at 10:28

Gotta go. I'll 'argue' with you later.

By: Radix on 10/25/11 at 10:49

"By: NewYorker1 on 10/25/11 at 9:29
It's obvious why Obama's rating are low in Tenn. It's because Tennesseans are racist, ignorant, uneducated, and backwoods."

Geez I thought you being facetious. You are serious with that?! Another pompous liberal elite I guess.... So your plan is to make money in a red state and live in a blue state (or country?) very telling. Not that I blame you, businesses (apparently yours included) are coming here from all over from places like New York, California and Michigan, where unions and government are stifling success. Nissan, Boeing, Apple (whose 2nd largest campus is in Texas), Dell are all companies who provide jobs, benefits, retirement plans etc. to their employees and stockholders. They all realize to compete with China and stay in this country you'd better get to a red state. You keep kicking them out, we'll take them.

Every year Big Unions confiscate $80 Billion right out of workers checks and give it to politicians after pocketing a lot of it. People getting paid to not be productive is part of why our economy is failing, and Wall Street is straw man.

By: trtay2004 on 10/25/11 at 10:55

To quote Gomer Pyle.... surprise, surprise, surprise. Most Tennesseans only believe what they hear from Faux News so they choose not to educate themselves.

Good luck Mr. President. I hope you're able to win another term (which you probably should with the Republican party in disarray). I hope you can do more to continue your major accomplishments:

Ended a major war
Reformed healthcare
Repealed DADT

and many many many more.

God Bless You!!!

By: yucchhii on 10/25/11 at 2:09

yucchhii The whole thing in a nut shell: It don't matter anyways because the media MOST times is full of BALONY and PROPAGANDA from the government! This is FACT! So how do you believe ANYTHING concerning the government? Your votes DO NOT COUNT!!! GET IT THROUGH YOUR THICK HEADS!!! IF THEY DID, DON'T YOU THINK THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY GAVE A DAM ABOUT OUR COUNTRY WOULD BE PREZ ALREADY? C'MOOOOON PEOPLE, WAKE UP...HELLO? DO THE POLITICIANS GET TO "RUIN" THIS COUNTRY OF OURS BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE TO DO ANYTHING? HELLO? Am I writing upon BLINDE EYES?

By: jonw on 10/25/11 at 2:24


Listen up folks.
Great news!
NewYorker1 has promised to leave the state. Now that will raise the IQ & livability for Tennessee.

By: macjedi on 10/25/11 at 3:33

Big shock. Tennessee's Joe Sixpacks don't like the black guy. Real current news.

By: yogiman on 10/25/11 at 4:21

Well, macjedi,

You're right, we Tennesseans don't the currant black guy in that office. We don't like the idea of anyone taking that office illegally.

But how can you explain why that other black guy (Herman Cain) is running at the top of the preferred list in Tennessee today?

Should we prefer a lesser qualified white man?

By: Radix on 10/25/11 at 9:34

Check it out, MacJedi played the race card in his very first post. Trtay is clearly oblivious about current events.

What else do you expect from the party of Joe Biden?

"Without stimulus unemployment will go up." "Without stimulus rapes will go up." More scare tactics to grow government. I wonder what the next scare is. Cancer? Cavities? Global Warming? Oh they did that one...

By: rawhide on 10/26/11 at 8:51

These polls reflect racism or bigotry? Cain, who had two black parents, is in a statistical tie with the caucasian GOP candidates against Obama, who had one caucasian parent and one black parent. Just keep calling people names, and the popularity of your party/movement will continue to suck. I guess I should thank you race-baiters.