CNN GOP Debate Lineup Revealed
September 10th, 2015
08:29 PM ET

CNN GOP Debate Lineup Revealed

The stage is set for the CNN Reagan Library Debate in California, with Carly Fiorina joining 10 other leading Republican presidential candidates at 8 p.m. ET.

Thursday marked the close of the two-month window for determining eligibility based on averages of national polls. The results were based on 14 polls including interviews with more than 6,000 potential Republican primary voters. The top 10 candidates overall - plus Fiorina, whose average support places her within the top 10 in polls conducted after the first debate held August 6 - have all qualified for the 8:00 p.m. debate next Wednesday in Simi Valley. The remaining five candidates will appear during an earlier debate beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The overall rankings based on an average of all qualifying polls for the 16 candidates who met the requirements for participation are:

1) Donald Trump: 23.929

2) Jeb Bush: 11.500

3) Scott Walker: 9.429

4) Ben Carson: 8.929

5) Ted Cruz: 6.286

6) Marco Rubio: 5.643

7) Mike Huckabee: 5.571

8) Rand Paul: 4.714

9) John Kasich: 3.214

10) Chris Christie: 3.143

11) Carly Fiorina: 2.229

12) Rick Perry: 1.814

13) Rick Santorum: 1.214

14) Bobby Jindal: 1.057

15) George Pataki: 0.529

16) Lindsey Graham: 0.471

The rules for inclusion were amended late last month so that any candidate who made the top 10 in an average of polls conducted after the Fox News/Facebook debate held on August 6 would also be included in the later debate. Fiorina is the only candidate to move from the bottom six to the top 10 in that post-debate average.


August 21st, 2015
10:31 AM ET

CNN/ORC poll: Obama disapproval up, most say U.S. doing badly

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After a brief bump into positive territory, disapproval of President Barack Obama is on the rise amid dismal reviews of his work on several foreign policy issues and a sense that his policies would lead the country in the wrong direction.

According to a new CNN/ORC Poll, Obama's disapproval rating has inched above 50%, with 51% now saying they disapprove of how he's handling the presidency and 47% approving.

Read more about the poll from CNN’s Polling Director Jennifer Agiesta and view the full data here.


Topics: CNN/ORC Polls
August 19th, 2015
10:05 AM ET

CNN/ORC Poll: Donald Trump now competitive in general election

The poll finds Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton ahead of Trump by just 6 points, a dramatic tightening since July. Trump is the one of three Republican candidates who have been matched against Clinton multiple times in CNN/ORC polling to significantly whittle the gap between himself and the Democratic frontrunner. He trailed Clinton by 16 points in a July poll, and narrowed that gap by boosting his standing among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (from 67% support in July to 79% now), men (from 46% in July to 53% now) and white voters (from 50% to 55%).

But Clinton still holds the cards overall in the race for the White House, leading four Republican contenders: She tops Trump and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker by 6 points each among registered voters, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by 9 points, and businesswoman Carly Fiorina by 10 points. FULL POST

CNN Poll: Majority of Americans Alarmed by ISIS
September 8th, 2014
04:06 PM ET

CNN Poll: Majority of Americans Alarmed by ISIS

Days before the anniversary of September 11, 2001, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday reports that Americans are increasingly concerned that ISIS represents a direct terror threat, fearful that ISIS agents are living in the United States.

Seven in 10 Americans believe ISIS has the resources to launch an attack against the United States, just days before President Barack Obama plans to address the nation on the subject.

Visit for more about today's poll.

Topics: CNN Politics • CNN/ORC Polls • ISIS
January 24th, 2014
12:04 PM ET

CNN to Provide Comprehensive Coverage of the State of the Union Address and the GOP Response

Guests include Obama biographer David Maraniss, former speechwriter Jon Favreau, Bush adviser Karen Hughes, and Nobel winner Paul Krugman

CNN anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will lead the network’s live, comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama’s fifth State of the Union Address on Tuesday, Jan. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Guests joining the network’s special coverage will include Obama biographer and journalist David Maraniss, former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, former George W. Bush adviser Karen Hughes, and Nobel Prize winner and The New York Times op-ed columnist Paul Krugman.


May 19th, 2013
10:11 AM ET

Inside President's 53 percent approval rating...continuing partisan divide

On CNN's STATE OF THE UNION with CANDY CROWLEY, Crowley unpacked the results inside the new CNN/ORC poll results released this morning to reveal a continuing partisan divide in how American's view the President's job performance.  While 87 percent of Democrats approve of how the President is handling his job, 15 percent of Republicans view his job performance favorably, and 47 percent of Independents view the President's job performance favorably.


May 17-18

Approve of how Obama is handling His Job as President

Democrats      87%

Independents 47%

Republicans   15%

Sampling error +/- 6.5% points


May 19th, 2013
09:19 AM ET

New CNN/ORC poll finds President's approval rating to be 53 percent, with 45 percent disapproval

In a new CNN/ORC poll, despite this week’s challenges, President Barack Obama’s approval rating is now at 53 percent, with 45 percent disapproving of the job that he is doing as president.  However, most Americans also take very seriously all three concerns that were raised last week - Benghazi, the IRS, and the AP subpoenas - and  most say that Republicans in Congress are not overreacting to these issues.

1.         Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

App-     Disapp-     No

rove        rove    opinion

May 17-18, 2013             53%        45%       2%

April 5-7, 2013                51%        47%       3%

March 15-17, 2013          47%        50%       3%

Jan. 14-15, 2013              55%        43%       2%

Dec. 17-18, 2012            52%        43%       4%

Nov. 16-18, 2012            52%        43%       5%

Nov. 2-4, 2012                51%        45%       4%

For additional results of this poll, please visit


What's In Store for Debate Viewers: Wednesday, October 3rd
October 3rd, 2012
06:28 PM ET

What's In Store for Debate Viewers: Wednesday, October 3rd




IMAGES (Photo credit: CNN/Edward M. Pio Roda) –


  • In Washington, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and John King, along with Erin Burnett and the Oct. 16 debate moderator Candy Crowley live from Denver, will lead the network’s coverage.
  • Chief political analyst Gloria Borger, senior political analyst David Gergen with CNN contributors James Carville, Alex Castellanos, Carly Fiorina and Van Jones, will be on deck with insightful analysis and political expertise throughout the night.
  • CNN secured interviews with both debate stand-ins to gain insight into campaign preparation.
  • Senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash spoke exclusively with Sen. Rob Portman, who is playing the role of Pres. Obama during Gov. Romney’s debate preparation.VIDEO:
  • Chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin also sat down for an interview with Sen. John Kerry, who is playing the role of Gov. Romney during Pres. Obama’s debate preparation. VIDEO:


  • Jessica Yellin sat down with First Lady Michelle Obama and Gloria Borger had a national exclusive interview with Ann Romney. VIDEO:
  • Mrs. Obama to CNN’s Jessica Yellin on debate advice for the president, “You know, he doesn't need much advice. I mean he's been doing this for quite some time. So he - he knows - he knows the job. He's been doing it for quite some time. He's a very good debater. So I do tell him to have fun and relax and just be himself, because the truth is, if he's the Barack Obama the country has come to know and trust, he is going to do a great job.VIDEO:
  • Mrs. Romney to CNN’s Gloria Borger on what her husband does when he takes the debate stage, “it's a cute thing that he does, almost after every answer. He finds me in the audience. As soon as he sta - gets on stage, the first thing he does is he takes off his watch and puts it on the podium. But then he writes, "dad" on a piece of paper. And that's amazing, because he loves his dad, respects his dad, doesn't want to do anything that would not make his father proud.


  •  The first presidential debate between President Obama and Gov. Romney starts.


  • In Washington, the “reality check” team of anchor John Berman and correspondent Tom Foreman will fact check both the candidates’ claims and explain campaign issues pre- and post-debate.
  • Candy Crowley, who was selected by the Commission on Presidential Debates to moderate the Oct.16 debate, will provide updates for the network from inside the debate hall in Denver. Interview with David Axelrod:
  • Jessica Yellin and national political correspondent Jim Acosta will report from the debate and bring viewers instant reaction from the Spin Room upon conclusion of the debate.


  • From Denver, anchor Erin Burnett will lead a focus group of #CNNundecideds Colorado voters to monitor and measure their reactions throughout the evening. Burnett will share the group’s reaction and opinions live on CNN. VIDEO:
  • CNN and ORC International will reveal the results of a poll of viewers across the country who watched the debate. Visit the CNN Political Ticker for additional information


  • CNN will provide unrestricted access to the network’s presidential debate programming through and via CNN’s apps for iPhone and iPad.
  • Web users can become video editors with a new clip-and-share feature that allows them to share favorite debate moments on Facebook and Twitter. WATCH HOW TO VIDEO:
  • Embeddable video, highlights from coverage and high resolution, downloadable CNN images will be available throughout the coverage on:


5 things to watch in tonight’s debate

John King: Debate all about trust for Romney


October 2nd, 2012
05:27 PM ET

Soledad O’Brien Examines the Chase for Latino Votes in Nevada and Beyond

Latino in America: Courting Their Vote debuts Sunday, Oct. 7 at 8:00p.m. ET & PT

Nearly 60,000 Latinos turn 18 each month in the United States and many pollsters predict the collective impact of Latino votes will be a deciding factor in several of the most contested “battleground states” for the 2012 presidential election.  CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien reports on how Democrats and Republicans are reaching out to the swing voter demographic of Latinos, with a lens on the pivotal state of Nevada, a state with both the fastest-growing Latino community in the nation, and a state that has voted for the last 24 of the last 25 U.S. presidents.

Latino in America: Courting Their Vote debuts on CNN/U.S. on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET and PT. FULL POST

September 19th, 2012
05:45 PM ET

John King reports on CNN/ ORC Michigan poll leaning towards Obama

CNN chief national correspondent John King reports from Michigan, Romney's home state and an auto bailout beneficiary, about the new CNN/ORC poll results.

CNN Poll: Romney trailing in birth state
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