(CNN) - Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry are tied among California Republican voters, but President Barack Obama still beats the GOP hopefuls in head-to-head match-ups, according to a new survey.
The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll released Sunday night showed the former Massachusetts governor and current Texas governor each with 22 percent support in the battle for the GOP presidential nomination, followed by Rep. Ron Paul of Texas with 11 percent, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota with ten percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with six percent.
Among self-identified tea party supporters in the Golden State, Perry led Romney by ten percentage points, 33 to 23. Bachmann received 11 percent support from the voting bloc.
National surveys released in the past few weeks showed Romney, Perry and Bachmann in the top spots.
In hypothetical 2012 match-ups, Obama led Romney by 19 points, Perry by 24 points and Bachmann by 26 points in California. His approval rating in the state was 50 percent, down from 60 percent a year after the 2008 election, when he won the typically blue state with 61 percent of the vote.
However, his approval rating among women and nonpartisan voters remained high at 55 percent and among Latino voters at 59 percent.
The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll interviewed 1,508 registered voters in California from August 17 through August 28 with a sampling error of plus or minus 2.52 percentage points.
– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
Ron Paul was 3rd but he was also 1st in terms of not being a liberal like RomPer.
CNN I have a question: The State of Texas is burning! Where is Gov. Perry? And why are you not asking that question?
Mormon or moron? That is the question...
A secessionist, a flip flopper, a flake, what a list of clowns!!! :-)
It's pretty simple, if you want to kill the economy for good vote Republican, if you want to wipe out the middle class vote Republican, if you want to continue the 12 year tax break that is suppose to trickle down and create jobs, but has failed 100% then vote Republican. If you think the middle class should pay off the deficit without the rich helping out vote Republican. If you think people that have paid all their lives into social security and medi care should not recieve what they paid for vote Republican. If you want to strip the safety guards of Goverment regulations that keep us safe and let poisoned food and air surround us then vote Republican.If the only thing you truly love is power and money you may be a Republican. Vote with your own mind and heart.
Let's see the socialist who outsources Americans jobs, or the idiot who wants the elderly to fend for themselves and end social security. Hmmm, I see 4 more years of Obama.
Would have been interesting if they included Ron Paul in the hypothetical 2012 match-ups... Somehow though, I'm not surprised they left him out.
"CNN I have a question: The State of Texas is burning! Where is Gov. Perry? And why are you not asking that question?"
Answer: Gov. Perry is looking forward busy campaigning, but he will come to boost himself what he did in his state, even if it is burning up!
Yes, we have 2 Republicans in CA, so that's one vote each. Seriously, Perry would not be welcome at all in my town; the fear of another Bush (only worse) is alive and well.