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Election 2012: Obama 49% Perry 35%

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.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Georgia businessman Herman Cain are both within a few points of the president in their match-ups.

generic Republican candidate has now led the president by single digits in weekly polling for nearly three months.

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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.

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