Another Poll Shows Obama Leading All GOP Challengers

February 22, 2012 5:18 a.m.

The latest AP-Gfk poll serves as further confirmation that Barack Obama has emerged as the early frontrunner in the 2012 presidential election, with the survey showing the president topping all four potential Republican general election opponents.  

In the nationwide survey of adults. Obama breaks the 50 percent threshold in every hypothetical general election matchup, perhaps most importantly against his two most likely GOP challengers.  The president bests Mitt Romney, 51 percent to 43 percent, and Rick Santorum, 52 percent to 43 percent. 

Boosted by recent good economic news and a contentious Republican nomination battle, Obama has held an advantage over Romney in our TPM Poll Average since the beginning of the new year. 

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