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Obama 44%, Paul 35%

President Obama continues to lead Texas Congressman Ron Paul in a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup. 

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Obama earning 44% support to Paul’s 35%.  Thirteen percent (13%) prefer some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

These findings show little change from a month ago when Obama held a 10-point advantage over Paul, 44% to 34%.  The two men were essentially tied in surveys conducted in August and July.

Among Republican voters nationwide, Paul is well behind the two front-runners, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Georgia businessman Herman Cain, earning just five percent (5%) of the vote.  In New Hampshire and Iowa, however, Paul is in third with double-digit support.

The president has trailed a generic Republican candidate in weekly surveys for over three months now.  Rasmussen Reports releases new numbers from this survey every Tuesday at 3 p.m. Eastern.

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 28-29, 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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