Tuesday, September 20, 2011
President Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney continue to run neck-and-neck in a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows the president’s support at 44%, while Romney earns 41% of the vote. Seven percent (7%) prefer some other candidate, and another seven percent (7%) are undecided. (To see question wording, click here.)
Given the margin of error, the two men remain basically tied. Romney continues to be the Republican hopeful who runs most competitively with the president
Obama now leads Texas Governor Rick Perry, the frontrunner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, 46% to 39%. Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, another GOP hopeful, trails Obama by double digits. The president tops former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, a long shot for the Republican nomination, 43% to 35%.
The president continues to trail a generic Republican candidate in weekly Rasmussen Reports matchups, but he earns 39% to 46% of the vote against named Republican challengers. Despite those relatively low levels of support, Obama has never trailed a Republican by more than three percentage points and has enjoyed large double-digit leads in some matchups.
Rasmussen Reports will release its latest findings on a hypothetical matchup between Obama and a generic Republican candidate at 3 pm Eastern today. We will provide new data on this generic matchup each week until the field of prospective Republican nominees narrows to a few serious contenders.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 18-19, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
ORSave 60% on 13 months of Rasmussen Reader service – Just $24.95! >Limited Time Discount Offer
Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.
We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.
Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $4.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.
To learn more about our methodology, click here.