Gallup: Romney Beating, Perry Even With Obama
6:07 PM, Aug 22, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Gallup is out with a new poll showing four of the Republican candidates for president beating or within striking distance of Barack Obama among registered voters. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has the greatest advantage, beating Obama 48 percent to 46 percent.
The poll, taken on August 17 and 18, shows Texas governor Rick Perry tied with Obama, Texas congressman Ron Paul two points behind Obama, and Minnesota congressman Michele Bachmann four points behind Obama. Gallup provides some context:
The fact that more polarizing figures like Bachmann and Paul, in addition to the more conservative Perry, are polling so closely to Obama reflects that perhaps Romney's most salient argument to GOP primary voters--that he is the most electable alternative to Barack Obama--may not be as viable as it once was. Today's poll suggests that almost any Republican could beat Obama.
Any Republican, that is, except perhaps Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee, who may or may not be entering the race soon, polls a good 17 points behind Obama in a new Rasmussen poll.
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