Obama Would Beat Palin, Romney in 2012

Survey finds little change in president's numbers
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Suggested by RadioMatthew
Posted Dec 16, 2010 5:49 AM CST
Obama Would Beat Palin, Romney in 2012
Former Mass. Gov. and Republican presidential hopefull Mitt Romney is seen during the ground breaking ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, in this Nov. 16, 2010 file photo.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Things may be tough for President Obama at the moment, but don’t rule him out: he’s poised to win in 2012, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds. Though his approval rating is at its lowest, he would still beat Sarah Palin or Mitt Romney—and three-quarters of Americans like him on a personal level. And his numbers have hardly changed in the past year, despite big Republican victories.

Obama beats Palin by 22 points in the survey, 55% to 33%. He surpasses former Massachusetts governor Romney by 47% to 40%. And compared to a generic GOP opponent, he wins 42% to 39%; another 10% say it depends on the Republican candidate. Don’t consider him as “battered and bruised” as Rocky Balboa; he’s more like an “exhausted” Lance Armstrong, says a Democratic pollster, who conducted the survey with a Republican counterpart.
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