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Bachmann Now Trails Obama by Double Digits

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s campaign for president has struggled since she won the straw poll vote in Ames, Iowa last month. Texas Governor Rick Perry entered the race at the same time and immediately became the primary alternative to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows President Barack Obama now attracts 46% of the vote in a hypothetical match-up against the Minnesota Congresswoman. Bachmann earns just 33% of the vote. Last month,  Bachmann trailed by eight, 46% to 38%. Earlier in August,  Bachmann was just four points behind.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Bachmann’s numbers have declined while a Generic Republican  has maintained a steady lead over the president. Additionally, data released earlier this week shows that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney leads President Obama by three.  Texas Governor Rick Perry was also ahead of the president by three last month, but that was before he had participated in any debates. New data for the Obama-Perry match-up will be released Friday.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 12-13, 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.


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