(CNN) - Mitt Romney would fare best among the top tier Republican presidential candidates against President Barack Obama in a 2012, according to a new national survey.
But the TIME Magazine/ABT SRBI poll released Thursday indicated Obama has razor thin three-point advantage over Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, with larger leads over Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, in hypothetical 2012 general election matchups.
When pitted against each other, Obama received 46% to Romney's 43%, a smaller margin than the 12-point lead the president had over Perry and Cain, 50% to 38% and 49% to 37% respectively.
The poll surveyed 1,001 adults between Oct. 9 and Oct. 10, before the most recent GOP presidential debate.