Election 2012: Generic Republican Candidate Beats Obama 45% to 42%

For the second week in a row, a generic Republican candidate edges President Obama 45% to 42% among Likely U.S. Voters in a hypothetical 2012 election matchup, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Three percent (3%) favor some other candidate, and 10% remain undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

In weekly surveys since the beginning of May, support for both the president and a generic Republican have remained in the narrow range of 42% to 45%. Rasmussen Reports will provide new data on this generic matchup each week until the field of prospective Republican nominees narrows to a few serious contenders.

Interestingly, however, while 54% of voters view Obama as qualified to be president, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is the only Republican 2012 hopeful that a sizable number of voters considers qualified for the White House. Forty-nine percent (49%) say Romney is qualified to be president.

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The national survey of 3,500 Likely Voters was conducted May 30-June 5, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

via Election 2012: Generic Presidential Ballot – Rasmussen Reports™.

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