Poll: Obama Running Dead Even With Generic GOP Challenger

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February 17, 2011 6:15 a.m.

In another warning sign for President Obama’s reelection hopes, a Gallup poll of registered voters shows him tied with a generic Republican challenger in a hypothetical 2012 match-up. It’s the second poll in as many days to show Obama running even with an unnamed GOP challenger.

In the poll, 45% of respondents said they would likely vote for Obama in 2012, while the same percentage said they’d probably vote for a Republican challenger. Just yesterday, a PPP poll showed Obama tied with a generic GOP candidate at 47% — but it also found an unnamed “moderate Republican” leading Obama 46% to 44%.The bright side for Obama is that, while a generic candidate can keep pace with him, none of the front-runners for the GOP nomination have been able to do the same. In yesterday’s PPP poll, Obama led each of the prospective GOP challengers matched against him, with only Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, who trailed by three and five points respectively, even making it close.

That all points to a weak field of Republican candidates heading into next year’s presidential primaries. While voters aren’t rushing to reelect the President, they’re seemingly even more hesitant to put one of his Republican challengers into the White House.

Gallup interviewed 1,015 registered voters from February 2-5. The poll has a margin of error of 4.0%.

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