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Romney, Christie Run Even With Obama

One’s in the race and one’s contemplating a run, but for now Mitt Romney and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are both essentially even with President Obama in hypothetical Election 2012 matchups.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, with 44% of the vote to Obama’s 42%. Eight percent (8%) like another candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided.

Obama wins 44% support, while Christie picks up 43% in their matchup. Six percent (6%) prefer a third option, and eight percent (8%) are undecided. However, just 26% believe the first-term governor is likely to run for the White House, and only 20% think he should seek the White House.  (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

Romney and Obama continue to run neck-and-neck as they have in surveys for several weeks now.  Romney has consistently been the Republican hopeful who runs most competitively with the president, but both Texas Governor Rick Perry and Georgia businessman Herman Cain are within single digits of the incumbent.

Rasmussen Reports regularly updates data on potential Election 2012 match-ups. Beginning tomorrow, October 1, these articles will be available to subscribers only. Subscriptions are available for $3.95 a month or $34.95 annually. For those who sign up before Saturday, a pre-launch discount of 58% is available.  To view the most recent match-up results between President Obama and Republican hopefuls, see the table below.

A Generic Republican consistently leads the president by single digits in weekly polling. Rasmussen Reports updates that number every Tuesday at 3 pm Eastern. Additionally, numbers for the Generic Congressional Ballot are updated every Monday at 3 pm Eastern, and the number who believe the country is heading in the right direction gets updated Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. Eastern.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 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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