Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Texas Governor Rick Perry now trails President Obama by double-digits in the latest hypothetical Election 2012 matchup.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of U.S. Likely Voters shows Obama capturing 49% of the vote to Perry’s 35%. Nine percent (9%) prefer some other candidate while eight percent (8%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
That’s a dramatic change for the former frontrunner who was within single digits of the president both last week and the week before. Before he entered his first debate as a presidential candidate, Perry held a modest lead in a hypothetical matchup against President Obama.
The survey was conducted Monday and Tuesday of this week, so it does not reflect any impact from reporting on last night’s debate.
A generic Republican candidate has now led the president by single digits in weekly polling for nearly three months.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 10-11, 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.
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