Reuters/Ipsos poll: Republicans trail Obama
President Barack Obama comes out ahead against the field of potential Republican hopefuls for the 2012 presidential election, with more than a 10-point lead over the closest of the pack — Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
When Obama was pitted against each possible Republican candidate, he scored more than 50 percent. His highest rating came against Donald Trump with 57 percent saying they would vote for Obama versus 30 percent for the New York real estate magnate.
All the Republicans were in the 30-percent range, led by former Arkansas governor Huckabee at 39 percent and former Massachusetts governor Romney at 38 percent, compared with 51 percent who said they would vote for Obama.
On the question of whether Obama would win reelection in 2012, the survey was split with 45 percent saying he would win and 42 percent saying he would not.
Obama got no lift on the economic front, with only 34 percent of respondents saying they approve of his handling of the economy, a finding linked directly to a surge in gasoline prices.
The telephone poll of 1,029 adults was conducted May 5-9 and has a 3-point margin of error.
Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Obama in Austin, Texas)