Friday, November 5, 2010

Obama trails Romney and Huckabee in 20-12 poll matchup

WASHINGTON -- Two days after his self-described "shellacking" in the election, President Obama has another reason to feel bad: He's trailing two Republicans in the first post-election poll of the 2012 presidential race.

Obama is lagging behind both Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, according to the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll.

Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, leads Obama 52 to 44 percent in a hypothetical matchup, while Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, tops Obama 50 to 45 percent.

Sarah Palin, who has been coy about her plans, trails the president 52 to 44, while Obama barely edges out former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, 49 to 47.

Huckabee led the GOP field with 21 percent support in the poll, compared with 20 percent for Romney, 14 for Palin and 12 for Gingrich.

Scoring in the single digits were Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

A poll by Rasmussen Reports had Romney leading the GOP field with 20 percent, followed by Huckabee and Palin, each with 19.

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