2012 Election

Poll: Romney, Santorum Beating Obama in Swing States

By Nick Gillespie

Via Instapundit.com comes the latest polls from USA Today on match-ups between President Obama and GOP would-be presidents Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum:

In the poll, Obama lags the two leading Republican rivals in the 12 states likely to determine the outcome of a close race in November:

• Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum tops Obama 50%-45% in the swing states. Nationwide, Santorum’s lead narrows to 49%-46%.

• Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney edges Obama 48%-46% in the swing states. Nationwide, they are tied at 47% each.

Off the cuff remarks that assume a second term is in the bag can't be helping with swing voters, but health-care reform is apparently a big part of the problem:

The poll suggests that the president’s popularity is dampened by his expansive health care reform law, which 53 percent of voters in swing states and half of voters nationwide perceive as a bad thing. That’s versus just 38 percent of voters in swing states and 42 percent of voters nationwide who see the health care bill favorably.

Those USA Today quotes above come courtesy of Jammie Wearing Fools.

The USA Today polls are contradicted by the summaries of national (as opposed to swing state) surveys at Real Clear Politics, which has Obama tied or over his GOP rivals (including Rep. Ron Paul). Check those out here.

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