Snapshot poll has Obama ahead of Romney and Santorum

A shift in the preference of independents from Romney to Obama has the president surging into a significant lead in the latest CBS poll. Obama also tops Rick Santorum in a survey that included registered voters - not likely voters. CBS: President Obama holds a significant lead over each of his potential Republican opponents in the general election, according to a poll released Tuesday by CBS News and the New York Times. That includes Mitt Romney, who was even with Mr. Obama last month. The new survey shows the president leading Romney by six points, 48 percent to 42 percent, among registered voters. Last month, the two men were tied at 45 percent each. Mr. Obama's lead over former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who has surged to a lead in national polls, is eight points: 49 percent to 41 percent. Romney's drop in support against the president is attributable to a shift among independents. Last month, independents favored the former Massachusetts governor by eight points over Mr....(Read Full Post)