Skip to comments.Rasmussen: Romney Leads Obama 48% to 43%, and Santorum Beats Obama 46% to 45%
Posted on 03/10/2012 9:30:14 AM PST by Steelfish
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
March 10, 2012
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 25% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19 (see trends).
Looking at Tuesday's upcoming primaries, the GOP race in Alabama is essentially a three-way tie, while Mitt Romney leads by eight in Mississippi. Nationally, Romney now leads Rick Santorum by 12 points. Regardless of who they want to win, 80% of Republican Primary Voters nationwide believe Romney will be the party's nominee.
With the perception growing that he will be the GOP nominee, Romney leads President Obama by five points in a hypothetical 2012 matchup. Today's numbers show Romney at 48%, Obama at 43%. Thats Romneys largest lead since December. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).
If Santorum is the Republican nominee, he is up by one point over the president, 46% to 45%. This is the second time since polling began in 2011 that Santorum has had a slight lead over Obama. Romney is the only other candidate to lead the president more than one time in the polls. See tracking history for Obama vs. all four Republican candidates.
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Wake up GA and AL, vote Santorum as the conservative who can and will beat Obama
At this point its easy for Obama but once a nominee is chosen, not so much.
We already voted in GA and Gingrich won 156 out of 159 counties. All the negative ads from Romney and Santorum could not fool the people who know Newt the best.
‘WOLF: Mitt beat Rick, but Newt beat Barack
Only one Republican has made Obama squirm’
In 4 years the country will be destroyed if we continue with the same spending deficits and policies.
I know Newt too. He’s the guy who currently supports ethanol subsidies, incentivizing green energy, and whole new federal agencies.
I heard Krauthammer say that the Buckley rule is:
Vote for the most conservative person who can win.
I like Santorum, but I don’t think he would do very well debating Obama.
Not in Canada he can’t. sheesh.
Santorum connects with blue-collar voters and can win back the Reagan Democrats. If some of the Rust-Belt states are peeled away, its curtains for Obama. Besides Santorum is proving he is not just a regional candidate but he can will in the west and mid-west, and of course the south.
Here we go! Right before 2 primaries ol’ Rasmussen pops up with a poll telling us that Romney is the only safe choice to beat Obama.
Hopefully MS and AL aren’t paying any attention.
Still 100 times the conservatives dream compared to Romney.
Neither Santorum or Gingrich would be a massive improvement to 0bama whereas Romney would make for a great 0bama adviser.
Don’t forget that when Ronald Reagan went against Jimmy Carter the incumbent rifht before the election Reagan was supposedly down 19 points against Carter and Reagan went onto win all 50 states. As it stands now whoever the nominee is will win 60/40 against Obama as long as Republicans show up to vote. That is all it will take to get rid of this Kenyan vermin.
Don’t forget Newt’s love-in with Pelosi.
On target and I don’t know why many conservatives don’t understand that.
I don’t get why you think the 2nd place guy is supposed to drop out so a lower guy can take over?
Besides that not making sense, Gingrich getting out does not mean his votes will go to Santorum. You can twist and spit, but you don’t know any more than I know what would happen. Me, I think Gingrich out puts Romney over Santorum by a zillion. Most people [non-freepers] will choose Romney over Santorum before they even take another breath. Most people [non-freepers] want more experience and a little bit of a hard-ass leading the right. Most people [non-freepers] see Santorum as a socially conservative big gov’t gop-e.
Just sayin’. It’s nonsensical to ask the 2nd place guy to drop so the 3rd place guy to move up. It’s not even evident that the 2nd place guy’s dropping out would help the 3rd place guy. To the contrary IMO.
This complete nonsense makes me think of paid propaganda posters - bagdad bob freepers. Get real.
Can you say landslide?
Pray for America
This better be the headlines we wake up to on Wed. Nov. 7, 2012
One of the best political speeches I’ve seen in a long while in Steubenville Ohio. (No teleprompter either)
I’m voting for John Anderson, ‘cause that Reagan guy is WAAAAAY behind Carter and will NEVER win.
Just because you hear so little about Newt in the echo chamber that isn’t positive doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. He can call his idea for an Environmental Solutions agency a pro business agency but it will still be a taxpayer funded federal agency that will morph into an new EPA within a decade. He can promise to defund planned parenthood but it doesn’t mean squat when he says he’ll give the money to someone else. It doesn’t matter if he uses the word “incentivize” for flex fuel vehicles, its still doing the same thing Obama is doing with the Volt.
The (William F) Buckley (Jr.) Rule didn’t serve us well. He invoked it in 1968 to tell us not to support Ronald Reagan and, instead, to back Richard Nixon. Nixon had some very strong strengths. He was a strategic thinker, not so different from Newt Gingrich. But, Nixon let his paranoia get the better of him. Krauthammer, who is a very impressive man in his own right, should see the flaw in the Buckley Rule.
We already woke up and voted for Newt. Now Newt is leading in AL and MS polls. Rick is fading.
That's nothing to crow about.
For me, the only place Santorum should go is home to his seven kids. I'm sure his wife could use a break.
“Even as the closest thing left to “generic Republican,” thanks to being largely unknown, Rick’s only even with Obama”
And this is before he is fed into the attack machine.
That’s right. As the determination of the nominee coalesces, support grows.
Is Romney my first choice? No. Santorum? No. But, I will vote for either, in a heartbeat. Removing and disgracing the Lightbringer is necessary on numerous levels. Not the least of which, is the blow it will strike to progressivism. They will melt down in a most ugly way.
“Dont forget that when Ronald Reagan went against Jimmy Carter the incumbent rifht before the election Reagan was supposedly down 19 points against Carter and Reagan went onto win all 50 states.”
The 50 state claim is wrong, it was 44.
Oh! Wah! Carter won 6 states. Big dif!
National polls are nice to look at... but I'd like to know about the match-up specifically in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
I’ve said a million times that Obama is toast. He will lose to the economy. It doesn’t matter who the GOP runs. This is the idiocy of Ann Coulter and the entire GOP establishment. They think they need to a moderate to appeal to Dem voters. This is wrong in every election, but this one in particular, it just doesn’t matter. Palin would have won the general election if she took the nomination, but she never ran. Crushing.
Santorum has no chance. Romney is the nominee. It’s over for Santorum. But keep dreaming if it feels good. I had a hard time accepting that Palin wouldn’t even run.
Poll Date Obama Gingrich Spread RCP Average 2/10-3/4 51.8 40.0 Obama +11.8 Rasmussen 3/3-3/4 48 40 Obama +8 NBC News/WSJ 2/29-3/3 54 37 Obama +17 AP/GfK 2/16-2/20 52 42 Obama +10 Quinnipiac 2/14-2/20 50 39 Obama +11 CNN/Op Rsrch 2/10-2/13 55 42 Obama +13
So Gingrich trails Obama by nearly 12 points, whereas Santorum BEATS Obama by a point, and you say he’s the only one who can beat Obama? That beats basic logic.
Maybe I’m using “Delegate Logic”. It’s a lot like “Delegate Math”, and is useful when facts are not so happy....
Do you think Santorum is America’s next Reagan?
Ronald Reagan was able to consolidate almost all the elements of the Republican coalition in 1980. Rick Santorum has not reconciled himself with the libertarians within the party. Moderate Republicans bolted the party in 1980, going with John Anderson of Illinois, who wound up with 7 percent of the vote. This was in spite of Reagan naming a moderate (George H.W. Bush) as his running mate. Reagan nevertheless was elected, in part because he minimized the defections. Because moderates had a Presidential candidate, they showed up at the polls and moderate candidates for Congress and Senate were not hurt by the split at the top. During his first two years as President, Reagan enjoyed a Republican majority in the Senate and a Republican-Southern Conservative Democrat coalition in the House (today, just about every Southern Conservative is in the Republican Party). I do not see any indication that Santorum will try to reach out to moderates or libertarians. But, this is primary season.
In Canada, the challenge to the Conservative Party has suddenly become like the challenge to the Republican Party. Conservatives need to appeal to enough people who might be attracted to the Liberal Party and enough people who might be attracted to the Wild Rose Party. This is a little easier for Canadian politicians to do, since each is elected from his own district or riding. So, a Conservative in Alberta could incline himself one way while a Conservative in Ontario might incline himself another way. In the U.S., our Congressmen can do that, but our Presidential candidate has to, first, secure the nomination by appealing to Republicans (and in some cases, independents) in the various states, and then running against the nominee of the other party in the general election. The usual pattern is to run to the right in the Republican Party during the primary and run to the center in the general election.
What with all the links?
Let’s see, Rick Santorum is such a pure conversative. Let me count the ways...
-Voted to raise the debt ceiling 5 times (fiscal conservative)
-Voted against right to work and with big labor (free enterprise conservative)
-Was for federal health mandates before he was against them
-Supproted Arlen Spceter over Pat Toomey (Tea Party candidate0; Arlen was the deciding vote for Obamacare
Pimpin’ for Santorum is no better than Ann Coulter pimping for Flipper...