Gallup: Obama Trails Romney, Is Tied With Perry

Gallup: Obama Trails Romney, Is Tied With Perry

By Caitlin Huey-Burns - August 22, 2011

President Obama finds himself in tight races with a handful of his Republican rivals, according to a new Gallup poll of registered voters released Monday.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads Obama, 48 percent to 46 percent, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry ties the president at 47 percent. The president holds a two-point lead over Texas Rep. Ron Paul and a four-point edge over Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Obama trails Romney and Paul by three points and Perry by two points among independents. The president holds six-point lead over Bachmann among independent voters. He attracts between 84 percent and 86 percent support from his Democratic base in each matchup.

Perry garners the most support from his party's base, with 92 percent of registered Republicans backing him over Obama. Ninety-one percent of Republicans pick Romney over the president while 86 percent pick Bachmann, and 82 percent back Paul.

The Gallup results are the first national head-to-head general election numbers released since Perry entered the race, Bachmann won the Ames Straw Poll and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty exited the race.

For this poll, Gallup surveyed 879 registered voters from Aug. 17-18. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points. 

Caitlin Huey-Burns is a congressional reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @CHueyBurnsRCP.

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