Two-thirds of Americans say President Obama doesn’t deserve the Nobel Peace Prize, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.
The poll revealed that 66 percent say the president doesn’t deserve the honor compared to only 26 percent who say he does. Also, 41 percent say they think less of the prize because of the Nobel committee’s choice to award Obama; 6 percent say they think better of the prize and 49 percent are indifferent, the poll revealed.
“It’s probably a good thing for President Obama that the time difference from Norway means the Nobel presentation will occur while most Americans are sleeping and might get less coverage in the United States,” Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute said in a news release. “Two out of three Americans don’t think he deserves it compared to the quarter who do. Even among Democrats, only 49 percent think he deserves it, compared to 8 percent of Republicans and 19 percent of independent voters. As is the case with many questions related to the President there are wide gender and racial gaps.”
Nominations for the prize needed to be postmarked by Feb. 1 — 12 days after Obama was sworn into office.