Editor’s note: This is another in a series of “WND/WENZEL POLLS” conducted exclusively for WND by the public-opinion research and media consulting company Wenzel Strategies.
A new poll about the 2012 presidential election says one-third of Democrats and independents who lean to the left are unhappy with Barack Obama as the party’s standard-bearer and are looking for some new faces to enter the race.
The startling results are from the newest WND/Wenzel Poll conducted by Wenzel Strategies. The telephone survey was conducted Oct. 22-25 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.
Responding to a question about how satisfied they are with Obama as the nominee, only 55 percent said they were very satisfied. Another 24 percent said they were somewhat satisfied, but that group apparently started falling away quickly, because fully one-third (35 percent) said they would “prefer that someone else enter the race” for the nomination.
The poll showed Obama is failing to convince voters of his value among some key demographic groups.
“Among Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents, just 79 percent said they are satisfied with Barack Obama as their standard bearer in the presidential race, which is a startling finding,” said Fritz Wenzel, chief of Wenzel Strategies.
“This means the incumbent president is unable to get one of every five voters that should be solidly in his political corner. Just a little more than half – 55 percent – said they were ‘very satisfied’ with Obama,” he said.
“Obama’s problem is with independents who are inclined to support the Democratic ticket, as just 53 percent said they are satisfied with Obama,” he said. “But the news gets worse for Obama, as 35 percent said someone else should enter the primary race against Obama, including half of Democrat-leaning independents.
“And among a demographic group that should be rock solid for Obama – Democratic voters under age 30 – 59 percent said they would prefer Obama to get a challenge for his party’s nomination.”
More than 34 percent of the respondents said they weren’t even sure who should challenge Obama.
The largest camp, nearly 44 percent, said Obama should be challenged by Hillary Clinton, and more than 9 percent said the vice president, Joe Biden, should try to kick his boss out of office.
Other names that were suggested, mostly with only nominal support, included Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. Nancy Pelosi, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Ralph Nader, California Gov. Jerry Brown and Donald Trump, who was the only name also mentioned as a desired candidate on the Republican side.
“The overwhelming choice for the role of challenger is very clear, as 44 percent said they would like to see Secretary of State Hillary Clinton enter the race,” said Wenzel. “No one [else] of a group of possible candidates won double-digit support.”
The poll showed that among Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents, about 19 percent said they were dissatisfied with Obama. In what could be a significant precursor, only 22 percent of the independents who said they lean Democratic reported being very satisfied with Obama.
A strong presence of dissatisfaction also was present among white Democrats – more than 25 percent were dissatisfied with Obama – and among Asian voters, where more than 19 percent were “not at all satisfied.”
In what could be another omen for Obama, his support faltered badly among Hispanics. Nearly 41 percent said they wanted another choice on the Democratic side.
And in another segment from which Obama got strong support during 2008, 59.3 percent of those under age 30 said they wanted someone else to enter the race for the Democratic nomination.
Read the results of the poll questions, asked of Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents: