Skip to comments.Could Ron Paul Beat Obama for President?
Posted on 04/20/2010 4:59:10 AM PDT by IbJensen
According to a recent Rasmussen poll, Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) and President Barack Obama would be virtually tied if the 2012 presidential election were held today. The poll result is perhaps surprising, considering that during Ron Paul's 2008 presidential bid for the Republican nomination the major media cast him as a dark horse with no chance of winning. But that was before the financial meltdown in the fall of 2008, the Obama Presidency, and the Tea Party movement of the past year.
Rasmussen surveyed 1,000 likely voters by phone over April 12 and 13 to gauge the current public attitude toward the constitutionalist congressman. The main question was: "If the [2012 presidential] election were held today, would you vote for Republican Ron Paul or Democrat Barack Obama?" The poll found that Barack Obama would get 42 percent of the vote and Ron Paul 41 percent the 1 percent difference well within the poll's margin of error.
The poll and its questions in their entirety break down as follows:
1* Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of Ron Paul?
10% Very favorable
29% Somewhat favorable
18% Somewhat unfavorable
12% Very unfavorable
32% Not sure
2* In thinking about the 2012 Presidential election suppose you had a choice between Republican Ron Paul and Democrat Barack Obama. If the election were held today, would you vote for Republican Ron Paul or Democrat Barack Obama?
11% Some other candidate
6% Not sure
3* Is Ron Paul a divisive force in the Republican Party, or is he representative of a new direction for the party?
21% He is a divisive force in the Republican party
34% He is representative of a new direction for the party
45% Not sure
4* Does Ron Paul share the values of most Republican voters throughout the nation?
54% Not sure
To see Rasmussen's report on its poll, click here.
It is also interesting to note that Barack Obamas popularity has been in a downward slide during his Presidency to date.
On Congressman Pauls side, things are different. With frequent television interviews, commentaries on the issues, and appearances in person all of which have continued long past his campaign in the last presidential election he has ample opportunity to keep in the public eye and make further clear his stands on behalf of the Constitution. There is nothing like being a go to guy for the media when observations on current affairs or a hot topic of the day is needed. He also has several books out that delineate his views and help to maintain his reputation for consistency and for constitutionality. Many voters like what Ron Paul is saying. And many voters are also becoming very concerned about what they see happening to their country since the last presidential election.
So perhaps it's not really too surprising after all that according to a recent survey Ron Paul would be a very viable candidate for President were he to decide to run.
Agreed.....not saying much!
ROFL ROFL ROFL
Bugs Bunny could beat Obama for President.
Saw it right after I hit the post button....need more coffee!!!
But there's no question in my mind that the 32% who are "not sure", after a year-long campaign run by the MSM, would BE sure - that he was the devil himself.
Actually Ron Paul deserves a good beating.
The guy reminds me of Ernest T Bass from the old Andy Griffith show. Annoying little gnat that just won’t go away.
Ron Paul is a joke.
He bought those votes at the SRLC.
(Cue laugh track here)
Paul would have run rings around Obama.
Paul is like Perot all talk but no game. Earmarks, gold standard, fed reserve etc. etc. There are no players willing to cut social security how would he get any part of his agenda passed?
Yup. The only way social security is ending is when the checks start bouncing.
Like surrendering in Iraq and Afghanistan? Or blaming 9-11 on U.S. Mideast policy? How about accusing "neocons and those nasty "joos" for drumming up hostility against poor Iran? While some of Paul's other ideas have merit, he's off the charts on too many other issues.
Maybe so, but he wouldn't have won the election. C'mon -- he never broke double digits with GOPers... how, pray tell, could he appeal to the rest of the country?
Polls show Newt Gingrich tied with Obama as well. The polls simple show that Obama has a current approval of 45%, with an equal number ready to vote for “somebody else”.