Friday, June 11, 2010
Poll: Obama leads 2012 rivals - POLITICO.com Print View
President Barack Obama holds an edge over each of his potential Republican challengers in 2012, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee runs closer to Obama than any other Republican in the field, taking 44 percent of the vote to the president's 46 percent. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney trails by a slightly wider margin, taking 42 percent to Obama's 45 percent.
Huckabee and Romney are at this point the strongest challengers to Obama, according to the national survey of 650 adults.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Obama's 2008 rival, is the third top opponent for the president, drawing 42 percent support but trailing Obama by 7 percentage points.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is the next strongest Republican against Obama, down 8 percentage points to the president. Following were former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was behind 50 percent to 41 percent, and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), 46 percent to 36 percent. More...