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Rush Notes Newsmax Poll on GOP Race

By Hiram Reisner   |   Thursday, 23 Jun 2011 06:26 PM

Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh Thursday mentioned IBOPE Zogby/ Newsmax’s new poll, which shows that Mitt Romney would be trounced in a head-to-head race against either Rick Perry or Chris Christie.

“Well, John Zogby is out with a new survey of nearly 1,000 likely Republican primary voters. He did the poll with our buddy Chris Ruddy at Newsmax,” Limbaugh said. “And the poll says that both Chris Christie and Rick Perry of Texas would trounce Mitt Romney in a primary.”

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama’s electability is sliding — only 30 percent of respondents said they are certain to vote for the president and 36 percent said they definitely won’t.

Obama fared even worse among independent voters: 23 percent said they will back his re-election, while 36 percent said they will look for another candidate.

Most voters doubt that Obama can do anything to reverse his slide. Just 37 percent of those recently polled by Bloomberg News say Obama has enough time by the end of 2012 to make the economy “substantially better.”

The Bloomberg poll found that Americans now say they are pessimistic about their economic situation as well as longer term prospects.

By 44 to 34 percent, those surveyed by Bloomberg said they were worse off than when Obama took office. Only 23 percent of those surveyed said they saw signs of improvement on the economy, while two-thirds said they believed the country was on the wrong track. Those are the worst numbers since Ronald Reagan was president, according to other polls examined by The Los Angeles Times.

The Bloomberg poll of 1,000 adults was conducted by Selzer & Co., a Des Moines, Iowa, firm. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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