Gallup has GOP contenders tied or close with Obama

A Gallup snapshot poll less than 15 months out from the November, 2012 election shows the president in deep trouble. Not only does he fail to crack 50% support; he is looking up at Mitt Romney and can feel Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, and Ron Paul breathing down his neck: President Barack Obama is closely matched against each of four possible Republican opponents when registered voters are asked whom they would support if the 2012 presidential election were held today. Mitt Romney leads Obama by two percentage points, 48% to 46%, Rick Perry and Obama are tied at 47%, and Obama edges out Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann by two and four points, respectively. These prospective election ballots -- measured Aug. 17-18, well over a year before the Nov. 6, 2012, election -- indicate that the race for president at this point is generally competitive, with voters fairly evenly divided in their preference for giving Obama a second term or electing a Republican candidate. Even though the four...(Read Full Post)