Barack Obama Tied With Mitt Romney in New Poll, in Close Race With Sarah Palin

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 20, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Barack Obama Tied With Mitt Romney in New Poll, in Close Race With Sarah Palin

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 20
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — A new Rasmussen poll finds pro-abortion President Barack Obama would be tied with former Gov. Mitt Romney in a potential presidential election matchup. The survey also shows Gov. Sarah Palin just six percentage points behind Obama in a possible 2012 presidential race preview.

If the next election were held today, the Rasmussen survey, released today, shows Obama and the former Massachusetts governor tied at 45 percent apiece.

Another 7 percent would prefer someone other than Obama and Romney, who ran as a pro-life candidate in the 2008 Republican primary again eventual nominee John McCain, and 3 percent are undecided.

Against Palin, the pro-life advocate who is stepping down as governor of Alaska, Obama would receive 48 percent to her 42 percent. The same 7 percent want another candidate and 3 percent are undecided.

The difference in the hypothetical 2012 matchups results from the views of independent voters not affiliated with either Democrats or Republicans.

When Romney is the Republican nominee, he beats Obama among unaffiliated voters 48% to 41%. But when Palin is the GOP candidate, unaffiliated voters prefer Obama by a 47% to 41% margin.

The Rasmussen poll found men prefer either Romney or Palin to Obama while women back the pro-abortion president.

Another Rasmussen survey released earlier this month found Romney, Palin and Mike Huckabee are within just a few percentage points of one another in a potential Republican primary race to take on Obama.

Romney topped all Republican candidates with the backing of 25 percent, Palin followed him in second place with the backing of 24 percent while Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, received the support of 22 percent of Republicans.

Each of the three campaigned on strong pro-life platform during their presidential or vice-presidential bids and would operate as president in stark contrast to Obama, who has compiled a lengthy pro-abortion record.
After the top three, pro-life former House Speaker Newt Gingrich received the support of 14 percent of Republicans, pro-life Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and pro-life Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty each received the support of one percent, and six percent prefer some other candidate not named in the Rasmussen poll.

The new survey is a case of good news and bad news for Palin.

While she received the second-most level of support for a potential presidential campaign, Republican voters also named her as tied with Barbour for the candidate they would least like to see earn the GOP nomination.

They both received 21 percent for the least-wanted candidate to take on Obama, Gingrich and Pawlenty tie for next on the list, with 15% each, 10 percent don’t want Huckabee, and nine percent don’t want Romney as the nominee.

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