President Obama finds himself in close races with his two leading GOP rivals, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday.
Among registered voters, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney edges Obama, 49 percent to 47 percent. The president leads Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 50 percent to 45 percent.
Though he leads Obama, Romney isn’t GOP voters’ top choice for the nomination. Perry attracts 31 percent support from Republicans and Republican-leaning independents while Romney has 24 percent. Texas Rep. Ron Paul comes in third with 13 percent. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and businessman Herman Cain each receive 5 percent support. Bachmann has plummeted eight points since the last USA Today/Gallup poll, released in early August. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman round out the field with 2 percent and 1 percent, respectively.
According to the new survey, 53 percent of voters say they want a Republican nominee who is best positioned to defeat President Obama, and 43 percent say they want a candidate who agrees with them on nearly all issues.
These numbers should shift around again after this Thursday’s debate in Orlando, Florida. For now, it is a two person race for the GOP nomination and President Obama is not assured of re-election.