Poll: Obama bests GOP frontrunners
February 6th, 2012
08:53 AM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Obama bests GOP frontrunners

(CNN) – President Barack Obama tops the Republican presidential frontrunners in hypothetical head-to-head matchups, according to a new survey.

The ABC/Washington Post Poll indicated Obama is ahead of Mitt Romney, 51% to 45%, among registered voters. The new figure is the first time Obama cracked 50% against the former Massachusetts governor in the survey. He received 46% to Romney's 47% in mid-January.

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It appears Obama was also aided by an increase in support among independent voters, who were split 48% for Obama and 47% for Romney. The former Massachusetts governor held a 12-point edge in January.

The new figures showed Romney's business background, which he often touts on the campaign trail, is a positive element of his candidacy. He held a narrow edge over Obama on who is best to handle the economy.

The president also bested Gingrich, 54% to 43%, among registered votes, although it was a smaller margin than the 15% by which Obama led the former House speaker in January.

In an interview on Sunday the president said he deserves a second term. The poll found 49% of registered voters agreed, while 49% said he does not deserve a second term.

But the president did not fare as well among independent voters, who will likely play a significant role in the 2012 elections.

Obama received a 47% approval rate among the key voting bloc and a 50% disapproval figure.

The poll questioned 1,000 adults between Wednesday and Saturday with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

- CNN's Gabriella Schwarz and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Polls • President Obama • Republicans
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  1. Rudy NYC

    TwM wrote:

    Did not notice anyone mentioning the Jobs that Obama has shipped to Brazil rather than have it built here.
    Nope, because it has never happened. I am not aware of federal employess working in Brazil. Any private industry jobs that may have been shipped to Brazil were shipped there by privately owned companies.

    February 6, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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