This will give the Democrats heartburn: in a preview of possible 2012 matchups, Public Policy Polling finds Mike Huckabee leading Barack Obama 47-45 percent. Mitt Romney holds a slightly larger 46-43 lead, while Obama currently is tied with Sarah Palin, 46-46. Newt Gingrich leads Obama by one point, too.
This shouldn’t be taken too seriously, except as one more index of how far President Obama has fallen in the public’s estimation. That is especially true for independents, who favor Romney over Obama 48-35. The fact that all of the Republicans do almost the same indicates that at this early stage, voters are basically comparing Obama against “somebody else.” For Democrats, the fact that somebody else–anybody else–is doing so well at this stage can only be one more source of worry.
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