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Rasmussen: Obama Leads Romney by 1, Santorum by 2

12:15 PM, Feb 2, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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Rasmussen’s latest polling of likely voters shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum by slender and nearly identical margins. Obama leads Romney by 1 point (46 to 45 percent) and Santorum by 2 points (46 to 44 percent).  The President also leads Newt Gingrich by 8 points (49 to 41 percent) and Ron Paul by 3 points (45 to 42 percent).  The polling was conducted over the past two days (Tuesday and Wednesday).

Santorum and Romney

Santorum’s stock seem to be on the rise with potential general election voters. A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, conducted in late January, showed Santorum with the highest net favorability rating of anyone in the GOP field.  The poll (which skewed Democratic—it included 30 percent Democrats and only 23 percent Republicans) showed Santorum with a net favorability rating of minus 1 percent (26 percent favorable to 27 percent unfavorable), compared to Romney’s net favorability rating of minus 5 percent (31 percent favorable to 36 percent unfavorable).  It showed Gingrich with a net favorability rating of minus 22 percent (26 favorable to 48 percent unfavorable).  (Of course, Gingrich has also been on the receiving end of far more negative advertising than all of the other GOP candidates combined.)  Also, the poll showed Paul with a net favorability rating of minus 6 percent (26 percent favorable to 32 percent unfavorable).

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