Ron Paul Now Polls Almost At Dead Heat With Obama
Aug 24, 2011
GOP establishment outsider Ron Paul continues to poll in high numbers when hypothetically pitted against Barack Obama. Indeed a newly released survey today indicates that the two are almost tied in a dead heat.
The respected pollster Rasmussen reports that Ron Paul earns 38% of the vote to President Obama’s 39% in a national phone poll of 1000 likely voters conducted last week.
It seems that Paul’s Ames straw poll victory and his performance in the Iowa debate recently have resulted in a bump in his popularity amongst voters, While Obama’s continued vacations and dismal handling of the economic downturn have resulted in record low approval ratings.
Last month Paul trailed Obama by 4% as the president scored a 41% to 37% lead.
Another significant finding from the new poll indicates that voters not affiliated with either of the major political parties prefer the congressman to Obama by 10 points – 43% to 33%.
The survey also found that voters under 30 prefer the president, while Paul edges the incumbent in all other age groups.
Another newly released Rasmussen poll shows a stark difference in numbers when Obama is pitted against Sarah Palin, whom, if Karl Rove is to believed, will announce her intention to run next week. Palin polls just 33% to Obama’s 50%.
The Rasmussen survey dovetails with a newly released Gallup poll this week, which found that Ron Paul trails President Obama by just 2 percentage points at 47 to 45%.