2012 Presidential Matchups Election 2012: Romney 45%, Obama 42% Daily Presidential Tracking Poll Election 2012: Obama 45%, Gingrich 40% http://www.rasmussenreports.com/pub...sidential_election/2012_presidential_matchups Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, earning his highest level of support to date, has edged ahead of President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 matchup. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows Romney with 45% of the vote to Obama’s 42%. Seven percent (7%) prefer some other candidate in this matchup, while seven percent (7%) more are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) Just over a week ago, the two ran nearly even, with Obama capturing 42% of the vote to Romney’s 40%. Prior to the latest poll, support for Romney had remained in the narrow range of 38% to 44%. In that same period, the president has earned 40% to 46% of the vote in regular surveys since February. Romney is the only GOP presidential hopeful who has been ahead of the president in more than one survey. Support for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich among Republican primary voters has soared in both national and state polls, but he now trails Obama 45% to 40% in a general election matchup. Voters rate Gingrich and Romney evenly when asked which Republican presidential candidate would run strongest against the president, but among GOP voters, Gingrich is the clear favorite. While the president typically leads named Republicans, he consistently trails a generic Republican candidate. Among Republican primary voters nationwide, Romney currently holds 17% of the vote, a distant second to Gingrich’s 38%. In New Hampshire, Romney’s consistent stronghold, the former governor holds just a 10-point advantage over Gingrich. Romney also picks up 19% in Iowa, putting him second behind Gingrich who draws support from 32%. (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 8-9, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology. --- well, rasmussen polls are the most respected by conservatives, so to see Romney doing 8 full points better then Newt isn't a good thing. The fact that Newt is down -5 against Obama isn't good.