A generic Republican candidate has fallen into a near tie with President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 election match-up for the week ending Sunday, September 25.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds the generic Republican earning 46% support, while the president picks up 43% of the vote. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Last week, the generic Republican held a five-point advantage over the incumbent, 47% to 42%. Since weekly tracking began in early May, the Republican has earned 43% to 49% support, while the president has picked up 40% to 45% of the vote.
Rasmussen Reports will provide new data on this generic matchup each week until the field of prospective Republican nominees narrows to a few serious contenders.
Although the president has trailed a generic Republican candidate for nearly three months now, he leads all the named GOP hopefuls? for his job currently in the race except for one. Obama leads Texas Governor Rick Perry 44% to 38, and holds a 44% to 34% lead over Texas Congressman Ron Paul. But the president and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney remain essentially tied.
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The survey of 3,500 Likely Voters was conducted September 19-25, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2 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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