Poll: Obama Gains in 2012 Matchups

Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 12:20 PM

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Americans are obviously quite unhappy with President Barack Obama, given that his approval rating has hovered below 50 percent for months. But that doesn’t mean enough voters will go against Obama to make him a one-term president. In a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 42 percent of respondents say they will probably vote to re-elect him, while 39 percent say they will likely choose a generic Republican candidate, Politico reports.

obama,2012,palin,romney,penceBut Obama’s lead lags that of former president George W. Bush at the end of his first two years in office. Bush was in front of generic Democrats by a margin of 45 percent to 31 percent then.

In specific match-ups, Obama leads ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 47 percent to 40 percent, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin 55 percent to 33 percent and South Dakota Sen. John Thune 47 percent to 27 percent.

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