Thursday, May 19, 2011
President Obama leads seven long-shot Republican candidates in hypothetical 2012 matchups. But in a result consistent with polls involving the bigger GOP names, the president’s support stays in a very narrow range. In every matchup tested so far this year, the president’s support has stayed between 42% and 49%.
New Rasmussen Reports national surveying finds that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who insists he is not running, trails the president by eight points among Likely U.S. Voters, 43% to 35%. In that matchup, 25% of Republicans either prefer a third option or say they’re undecided. Twenty-six percent (26%) of unaffiliated voters also fall into that category. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Another governor who says he’s not running, Rick Perry of Texas, trails the president 45% to 28%. Like Christie, Perry is the subject of persistent rumors that he may run despite his repeated denials.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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