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Obama and Romney in an early dead heat

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As President Obama kick's off his "official" reelection effort, the most recent Rasmussen Reports poll shows the incumbent and Republican challenger Mitt Romney in a virtual tie among likely voters.

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The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows Mitt Romney earning 47% of the vote and President Obama attracting 46% support. Three percent of those polled said they would vote for a third party challenger and the final 4% remain undecided.

While we are still six months from election day, the Rasmussen poll found other interesting numbers:

  • Currently, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty percent (50%) at least somewhat disapprove. According to Rasmussen, this is the best indicator of how a President will do in his reelection bit. His approval rating tends to be very close to the percentage he receives in the general election;
  • Forty percent (40%) of voters believe the president’s policy views are extreme, while 35% say the same of Romney. Half believe the views of both are in the mainstream.
  • Intensity of support or opposition can have an impact on campaigns. Currently, 27% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13.

Check back for Election 2012 updates.

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