Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wisconsin 2012: Republicans cut into Obama's lead

Public Policy Polling releases a timely new survey showing Barack Obama leading all major '12 contenders -- including native son, Paul Ryan -- in placid Wisconsin.

Nevertheless, his lead over four of those contenders isn't as strong as his 2008 margin of 14%.

a. Barack Obama 48% Mike Huckabee 41%

b. Barack Obama 49% Paul Ryan 40%

c. Barack Obama 48% Mitt Romney 38%

d. Barack Obama 51% Newt Gingrich 39%

e. Barack Obama 54% Sarah Palin 35%

Favorability Ratings:

a. Paul Ryan 36%/35% for +1%.

b. Mike Huckabee 34%/37% for -3%.

c. Mitt Romney 30%/41% for -11%.

d. Newt Gingrich 26%/49% for -23%.

e. Sarah Palin 32%/60% for -28%.

Pollster Tom Jensen on why the relatively unpopular Obama leads.

Obama's approval spread may only be +4 but his leads over all of his prospective Republican opponents exceed that.

He's up 7 points on Mike Huckabee at 48-41, 9 points on Paul Ryan at 49-40, 10 on Mitt Romney at 48-38, 12 on Newt Gingrich at 51-39, and 19 on Sarah Palin at 54-35.