(CNN) - Republican voters in the battleground state of Virginia chose Rick Perry as their top choice for president in a new poll, while Perry and fellow GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney ran neck and neck against President Barack Obama in hypothetical 2012 matchups.
The Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday showed the Texas governor with 25 percent support among Republican and GOP-leaning independent voters, compared with Romney's 19 percent. No other Republican candidate broke into double digits.
Against Obama, Perry received 42 percent support to Obama's 44 percent and Romney garnered 44 percent to Obama's 42 percent.
The new survey also showed the president with a 54 percent disapproval rating with voters in the state, up from 48 percent in a June poll.
Obama's job approval was especially hurt among independent voters, who disapproved of his performance 62 percent to 29 percent, compared to a 54 percent to 41 percent difference in June.
In 2008 Obama won 53 percent of the vote in the swing state that former President George W. Bush won in 2004 and 2000. But voters in the state elected Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell in a highly contested election in 2010 and Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen, both former governors, are now locked in a close race for the open senate seat in 2012.
Allen and Kaine remain statistically tied in the new poll, receiving 45 percent and 44 percent respectively, for the Senate seat left open by Democratic Sen. Jim Webb who announced in February he would not run for reelection.
Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,368 registered voters between Sept. 7 and Sept. 12 with a sampling error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.