Fares better than Romney among Independents
by Steve Watson
A new poll indicates that GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul is statistically tied with Obama in a hypothetical head to head, making him the only Republican candidate other than Mitt Romney to be in such a position.
The poll, conducted by CBS News, has Paul at 45 percent and Obama at 46 percent, with the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.
Out of all the other candidates, only Mitt Romney challenges Obama within the margin of error. Romney scored 47 percent to Obama’s 45 percent.
Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, and Jon Huntsman are all defeated by Obama in the poll beyond or well beyond the error margin.
Obama leads Gingrich, 49 percent to 41 percent; Huntsman, 48 percent to 41 percent; Perry, 49 percent to 42 percent; and Santorum, R-Pa., 47 percent to 43 percent.
In addition, Ron Paul has a 7 point lead over over Obama among independents, with 47 percent to 40 percent, while Romney has a lesser 6 point lead among independents, 45 percent to 39 percent.
Obama wins the independent vote when pitted against all the other GOP competitors.
Ron Paul also fares marginally better than Mitt Romney against Obama where Democrat voters are concerned.
The poll once again demonstrates that Ron Paul is the most electable GOP candidate in that, unlike every other candidate, he can tap into more diverse voting groups, as well as maintaining a Republican base, and defeat Obama come the general election in November.
“We’ve called this contest a two-man race between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney, and this poll is further proof of that.” noted Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.”
It also demonstrates Ron Paul’s support among independents, an important voting segment within which our candidate is strong,” Benton added.
The full data for the CBS News poll can be viewed here.
In an interview with Fox News Sunday, Paul spoke modestly of his chances, commenting that for his campaign a good goal would be to secure a good speaking spot at this year’s Republican National Convention.
“If we don’t pull it off and we’re not in first place, yes, that would be a good goal and people ask me why I run,” Paul told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace when he was asked how he hopes his presidential bid will influence the GOP in general. “I run to win and I have won a lot, but we also want to help direct the party and country in a certain way. So, that would be a very, very positive strategy to influence the party.” Paul explained.
The Congressman also gave the strongest indication to date that he will not run as a third party candidate. When asked by Wallace why he refused to rule the possibility out, Paul replied “I essentially have,” adding that “everyone knows I have no intention of doing that. It would be a bit of a burden.”
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