Poll: Tight race for Obama vs. Romney, Santorum
March 12th, 2012
08:51 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Tight race for Obama vs. Romney, Santorum

(CNN) – President Barack Obama is running even with the top two Republican presidential candidates in hypothetical general election matchups, according to a new national survey.

The Washington Post/ABC News poll released Monday showed Obama statistically tied with Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum among registered voters. Obama received 47% support to Romney's 49% and 49% to Santorum's 46%.

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The economy, budget deficit and gas prices have likely contributed to Obama's slip against his potential GOP rivals.

A similar poll conducted in February indicated the president held a 6-point advantage over Romney and an 11-point lead over Gingrich. The question was not asked in relation to Santorum, who had yet to surge to the top of national and state-wide polls at the time.

The latest poll showed 33% of registered Republicans and GOP-leaning independent voters supported Romney for the nomination, while Santorum received 29% support, followed by Newt Gingrich's 14% and Ron Paul's 12%.

Republicans polled nationally said they have more confidence in Romney than Gingrich and Santorum to address the economy, while Santorum enjoyed more trust over the other two contenders on social issues.

Although Romney continued to hold an advantage when voters were asked who can beat the president in November and who is likely to win the party's nomination, Santorum and Romney came in about even over whom best reflects the party's core values.

The Washington Post and ABC News polled 1,003 adults between March 7 and March 10 with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama • Rick Santorum
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Bill

    On 2/27 the president led the GOP field by 10 points. What gives?

    March 12, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. JMAN

    This Country is sick, at least half, we were blessed with the best President in this Country's History, Including Washington, and Regan and the right can't respect that, Nobel Peace Prize, Bin Laden, Pirates, ending Iraq, Health Coverage for the majority and children, saving an Icon GMC and Chrysler, and Job creation, stimulus turnaroound in (3) years, were Bush took (8) and totally screw it up, ok let's keep it simple, " 99% OBAMA for PRESIDENT" I've coined and trade marked this slogan. 99% OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    March 12, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. John

    My vote goes to ABO. Anyone But Obama.

    4 more years of his incompetence is more than I can bear. You want a European society then move to Europe

    March 12, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. Anonymous

    For all the talk of small government and less government power, let the the market rule it strikes me as a touch hypocritical to then blame the government for not doing anything about gas prices. Isn't this just the system working?

    March 12, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. Fla Pete

    It'll be tight till these so called candidates open their mouths at the debates.Then republicans will see whos really is the ADULT with intelligence is. They can't LIE also because POTUS Obama will be there to defend his policies and actions in front of the American people.Then its game over republicans...

    March 12, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Time

    Obama is still better then all the gop's running they all suck

    March 12, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    JMAN I'm with you!
    The ONLY reason this race will be close is if we DON'T show up at the polls in November.
    Please people look what happenned when we didn't show up at the polls November of 2010. We got screwed with Tea up the ying-yang!
    Remember 2010, show up in 2012!
    Obama, all the way to 2016.

    March 12, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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