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'Frontrunner' Romney still to shake Obama's lead over GOP for 2012 election

June 16, 2011 - Washington

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has surged to a clear lead in the Republican race for the 2012 US presidential nomination, but he is yet to shake President Barack Obama's lead over the GOP, a new poll has found.

The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll of 1,000 GOP voters found that 30 percent favored Romney.

Fourteen percent voters support former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who is yet to say whether she is running, Fox News reports.

When asked to choose from six names who have declared their intentions to seek the GOP nomination, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, those picking Romney jumped to 43 percent.

Gingrich saw his support drop sharply, as the poll found that just 32 percent view him favorably, down from 50 percent in May.

On the Democratic side of the ledger, the poll found that President Barack Obama's approval rating dipped back to 49 percent.

The rating jumped to 52 percent in May after the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, and the 49 percent level was where he was in April.

The poll was conducted between June 9 and 13.


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