GOP establishment outsider Ron Paul continues to poll in high numbers when hypothetically pitted against Barack Obama. Indeed a newly released survey today indicates that the two are almost tied in a dead heat.
The respected pollster Rasmussen reports that Ron Paul earns 38% of the vote to President Obama’s 39% in a national phone poll of 1000 likely voters conducted last week.
It seems that Paul’s Ames straw poll victory and his performance in the Iowa debate recently have resulted in a bump in his popularity amongst voters, While Obama’s continued vacations and dismal handling of the economic downturn have resulted in record low approval ratings.
Last month Paul trailed Obama by 4% as the president scored a 41% to 37% lead.
Another significant finding from the new poll indicates that voters not affiliated with either of the major political parties prefer the congressman to Obama by 10 points – 43% to 33%.
The survey also found that voters under 30 prefer the president, while Paul edges the incumbent in all other age groups.
Another newly released Rasmussen poll shows a stark difference in numbers when Obama is pitted against Sarah Palin, whom, if Karl Rove is to believed, will announce her intention to run next week. Palin polls just 33% to Obama’s 50%.
Paul vs Obama would represent the establishment’s worst nightmare on every front.
As previous polls have shown, out of the Republican candidates, only Ron Paul has a realistic hope of success in a hypothetical run off against Obama – the other candidates are equally unpopular as the President.
A CNN poll from May 2011 showed that Paul has the best chance among Republicans of defeating Obama in a head-to-head election:
Paul even faired significantly better in the poll than Mitt Romney. The poll found that Romney would lose by 11 points if he got the nomination and went head to head with Obama, whereas Paul only trailed the President by 7 points.
This is telling given the fact that Obama aides have openly admitted they would prefer not to run against Romney. Of course, in line with their corporate media mouthpieces, the White House is still pretending Ron Paul doesn’t exist.
Other recent polls have also placed Paul on a par with Obama.
These surveys yet again demonstrate that Ron Paul is a competitive candidate, despite what the mainstream media would have us believe. Even without the corporate media-promotion and general name recognition, Ron Paul is matched against President Obama (within the margin of error) and only a few points behind the GOP darlings like Perry & Romney. The ‘Ron Paul can’t win hoax’ is yet again dispelled by statistical numbers.
“This push for true leadership over the status quo is gaining more support,” said Paul Campaign Manager John Tate this week. “In poll after poll, Americans are eager for real change and looking for a leader who stands for individual liberty and limited government, and who follows the Constitution.”
Ron Paul’s biggest hurdle is still most definitely winning the approval of GOP voters, many of whom are firmly entrenched within the false left right paradigm, rendering them incapable of fathoming Ron Paul’s anti-war stance and humble foreign policy outlook.