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1:01 PM, Feb 6, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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The latest Rasmussen polling of likely voters shows Rick Santorum faring 8 points better than Mitt Romney in respective head-to-head matchup versus President Obama. Rasmussen shows that Santorum leads Obama by 1 percentage point (45 to 44 percent), while Romney trails Obama by 7 percentage points (49 to 42 percent). Newt Gingrich trails Obama by 8 points (49 to 41 percent), and Ron Paul trails him by 12 points (50 to 38 percent). 

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum

The Santorum-Obama polling was taken from February 2-3, while the Romney-Obama polling was taken from February 3-5, but Obama’s average net approval rating was almost identical during those two overlapping periods.  Likely voters disapproved of Obama by 5 points (46.5 to 51.5 percent) from February 2-3, and by 4 points (47 to 51 percent) from February 3-5.

On the night of the Iowa caucuses, Santorum said, “If we [Republicans] have someone who can go out to western Pennsylvania and Ohio and Michigan and Indiana and Wisconsin and Iowa and Missouri and appeal to the voters that have been left behind by a Democratic Party that wants to make them dependent instead of valuing their work, we will win this election.” 

Having already won the Iowa caucuses, Santorum will attempt to add two more Midwestern victories to his column tomorrow. Polls show him faring well in both the Missouri primary and the Minnesota caucuses.  

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