President Obama has opened up a six-point lead over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup. This is the widest gap between the two men since mid-August.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds Obama earning 44 percent support from Likely Voters, while Romney receives 38 percent of the vote. Ten percent (10 percent) prefers some other candidate, and another eight percent (8 percent) are not sure.
Romney and the president have been neck-and-neck for nearly two months, separated by two points or less in a series of surveys.
Two-weeks ago, Obama earned 43 percent of the vote to Romney’s 42 percent. In regular surveys since February, support for Romney has remained in the narrow range of 38 percent to 44 percent. In that same period, the president has earned 40 percent to 46 percent of the vote.
The president trails Romney by a slight margin among voters in Florida and Missouri.
A generic Republican candidate runs slightly ahead of President Obama nationally but the president leads all named opponents.
Of the top contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, Romney is viewed most favorably by all voters nationwide, while Perry is the least liked. Romney is also the GOP candidate voters consider the most qualified to be president and is seen as closer to the political mainstream than any of the other candidates for the White House, including Obama.
The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on November 21-22, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Among voters who’ve served in the U.S. military, Romney edges Obama 44 percent to 36 percent. Romney also holds a modest five-point advantage among voters who have family members currently serving in the military.
The president has a 48 percent to 37 percent advantage among women, while men are evenly divided. Romney and Obama also split support among voters not affiliated with either political party.
Voters under the age of 40 prefer the president, while their elders tend to favor Romney.
Among likely GOP primary voters nationwide, Romney is just behind businessman Herman Cain with 23 percent support; Cain earns 26 percent of the vote and Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is in third with 14 percent support. Romney runs best in New Hampshire – where he picks up a commanding 41 percent of the vote -- but falls short of Cain in Iowa, South Carolina and Florida.
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