A little more than one year out from Election Day 2012, President Obama finds himself mired in a tight battle for a second term, according to Gallup. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Texas Governor Rick Perry appear to be Obama’s strongest competition at this juncture.
President Barack Obama is closely matched against each of four possible Republican opponents when registered voters are asked whom they would support if the 2012 presidential election were held today. Mitt Romney leads Obama by two percentage points, 48% to 46%, Rick Perry and Obama are tied at 47%, and Obama edges out Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann by two and four points, respectively.President Obama is at the moment in a rough parity position when registered voters are asked whether they would vote for him in election matchups against four potential Republican candidates. Romney fares slightly better than the other GOP candidates, and Bachmann slightly worse, but these are not large differences.