None of the prominent Republicans believed to be considering presidential bids came out ahead of President Obama in a new PPP poll of registered voters nationwide. However, Obama did trail in one hypothetical match-up -- versus an unspecified moderate Republican challenger.
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The results underscore just how weak the slate of GOP candidates is: only one Republican, Mike Huckabee, posted a net favorable rating in the poll, with 36% of respondents viewing him favorably, and 30% viewing him unfavorably. Over half of all registered voters had a negative opinion of Newt Gingrich (53%), Sarah Palin (56%), and Donald Trump (56%).
And when voters knew the other candidates well enough to form an opinion of them, they viewed them unfavorably more often than not. For example, almost one-third of respondents had no opinion of Ron Paul -- but among those who did, 45% had a negative opinion of him.
The results also show that, though Obama's approval rating has surged in recent weeks, he is in no way out of the woods as he gears up for a reelection bid. The PPP poll found that 49% of voters approve of his job performance, compared to 46% who disapprove.