Romney Leads GOP Contest, Trails in Matchup with Obama

Mar 14, 2012

Mitt Romney has retaken a significant lead over Rick Santorum in their race for the Republican presidential nomination, but Romney trails Barack Obama in a general election match-up, as does Santorum.

Obama has also seen his current job approval figures improve, reaching 50% for the first time since last May, shortly after the killing of Osama bin Laden.

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted March 7-11 among 1,503 adults, including 1,188 registered voters and 538 Republican and Republican-leaning voters, finds that Romney leads Rick Santorum, 33% to 24%, in the GOP nomination contest. A month ago, the two men were in a virtual tie (28% Romney, 30% Santorum).

The survey also finds that Obama is widely viewed by voters as likely to defeat either Romney or Santorum in November.

Read the full report, Romney Leads GOP Contest, Trails in Matchup with Obama, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' Web site.

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