A new Rasmussen poll tests Lou Dobbs as an independent candidate for President against Barack Obama and various Republicans — finding that Lou wouldn’t poll very strongly as an indy, and would only take votes away from the GOP.
With Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee, Obama is ahead 42%-34%-14%. With Mike Huckabee, it’s 42%-36%-12%. With Sarah Palin, it’s 44%-37%-12%. By comparison, without Dobbs in the mix Obama is tied with Romney at 44%-44%, leads Huckabee by 45%-41%, and leads Palin by 46%-43% (with “some other candidate” in the single digits in all those matches).
Interestingly, there is no match-up of Dobbs one on one against Obama — that is, Dobbs himself as the Republican nominee.
From the pollster’s analysis: “Obviously, it’s way too early to evaluate the political environment for the 2012 election, and it’s important to remember that four years ago Obama would not have been considered a serious national challenger for 2008. For Dobbs, the data shows how improbable such an independent bid could be.”