For the first time this year, Rick Perry tops Barack Obama in a presidential election poll. But given the survey’s margin of error, the race is tight.
The Rasmussen Reports poll, released Thursday, shows Perry getting 44 percent of the vote, while Obama gets 41 percent. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.
The poll results are still a victory for Perry. Just over a week ago, Obama held a three-point lead over the Texas governor.
Other Republican candidates trailed Obama by single digits. If Mitt Romney were the GOP nominee, he would get 39 percent of the vote, compared to 43 percent for Obama, the poll found.
If Obama were pitted against Michele Bachmann, he would garner 46 percent of the vote, compared to 38 percent for the Minnesota congresswoman.
The telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters was taken Aug. 23-30.
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