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Santorum Trails Obama by 4, Romney Trails by 10

12:34 PM, Feb 10, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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In the first Rasmussen polling taken primarily after Rick Santorum’s hat trick on Tuesday night, Santorum is faring 6 points better than Mitt Romney in their respective matchups versus President Obama.  Rasmussen’s polling of likely voters nationally (conducted from Tuesday through Thursday) now shows Obama leading Santorum by 4 percentage points (46 to 42 percent), while Obama leads Romney by 10 points (50 to 40 percent).

The negative tone of Romney’s campaign, coupled with his recent gaffes about the poor and Santorum’s increased emphasis on Romney’s Massachusetts health-care overhaul, appears to be taking a toll on Romney’s popularity with the general electorate.  Rasmussen has now polled the Romney-Obama matchup 40 times since January 2011, and this is the worst that Romney has ever done.  Romney led Obama by 6 points (45 to 39 percent) the week before New Year’s, but he has yet to lead Obama in any of the 19 Rasmussen polls taken in 2012.

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