President Barack Obama’s gain in public estimation from the killing of Osama bin Laden has evaporated and Mitt Romney is turning out to be his toughest opponent, a Washington Post-ABC News poll indicated.
Obama came out higher than five of six potential Republican candidates in the poll. The former Massachusetts governor, however, is level with Obama at 47 percent, according to the poll.
"Among all Americans, Obama and Romney are knotted at 47 percent each, and among registered voters, the former governor is numerically ahead, 49 percent to 46 percent . . . Romney emerges in the new survey as the strongest current or prospective Republican candidate in the 2012 presidential field. Although he is by no means in a secure spot, on virtually every measure, the former governor appears better positioned than any of his rivals," The Washington Post reports.
The poll also suggests that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, while popular with the tea party, would have "formidable" hurdles if she were to run, the Post reports.
"Almost two-thirds of all Americans say they 'definitely would not' vote for Palin for president. She is predictably unpopular with Democrats and most independents, but the new survey underscores the hurdles she would face if she became a candidate: 42 percent of Republicans say they’ve ruled out supporting her candidacy," the Post writes.
The poll also shows two out of three people disapprove of Obama's handling of the U.S. economy. Fifty-seven percent of those questioned said the economy hasn’t started to recover and, while 42 percent were of the opinion that a recovery has started, only 7 percent said it’s a strong one.
A random national sample of 1,002 adults was questioned by phone between June 2 and June 5. The results of the survey have a sampling-error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, the Post said.
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