A recent poll conducted by the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation, taken prior to Osama bin Laden’s death, published on cnn.com, shows that President Barack Obama is well ahead of all the top GOP hopefuls in hypothetical election run offs.
The person that would do the best against Obama, according to the poll, is Congressman Ron Paul. This may surprise pollsters, but not Paul supporters. The Texan ran as a libertarian candidate for president in 1988 and is well liked by many in the tea party. Paul trails the president by only seven points (52 to 45 percent) in a mock election showdown. Huckabee is behind by eight points, Romney 11 points.
The poll also shows the candidates that would do the worst against the incumbent president and they are Gingrich by 17 points, Palin by 19, and Trump by 22 points. So what does this mean in the real world? I suppose, as of now, not too much, but it is enough to give a glimmer of hope to Ron Paul supporters, and the multitudes of Republican’s itching to unseat Obama.
The poll also revealed, “fifty-nine percent of all Americans dislike the former Alaska Governor and 64 percent have a negative view of Trump. The survey indicates Gingrich also has relatively high unfavorables, but the favorable ratings for Romney and Huckabee outweigh their unfavorables, although both are unknown to more than a quarter of the general public.”
Rasmussenreports.com says, if you pit Republican Congressman Ron Paul against President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 election match-up, the race is – virtually dead even. Rasmussen reports conducted a national telephone survey of likely voters and found that Obama got 42% support verse Paul with 41% of the vote. Eleven percent (11%) prefers some other candidate, and six percent (6%) are undecided.
“Ask the Political Class, though, and it’s a blowout. While 58% of Mainstream voters favor Paul, 95% of the Political Class votes for Obama. But Republican voters also have decidedly mixed feelings about Paul, who has been an outspoken critic of the party establishment. Obama earns 79% support from Democrats, but Paul gets just 66% of GOP votes. Voters not affiliated with either major party give Paul a 47% to 28% edge over the president.”
Just who is Ron Paul you may ask? Congressman Paul’s website says this about him, “Ron Paul was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He went to and graduated from Gettysburg College and the Duke University School of Medicine, later in the 60’s he proudly served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Paul has served as a congressman on and off since the 70’s. He has a long reputation as a fiscal conservative, he is pro-life, but against legislating women’s bodies.
“Congressman Ron Paul of Texas enjoys a national reputation as the premier advocate for liberty in politics today. Dr. Paul is the leading spokesman in Washington for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies based on commodity-backed currency.
He is known among both his colleagues in Congress and his constituents for his consistent voting record in the House of Representatives: Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution. In the words of former Treasury Secretary William Simon, Dr. Paul is the “one exception to the Gang of 535 on Capitol Hill.”
Dr. Paul has authored several books, some of the titles include, Challenge to Liberty; The Case for Gold; and A Republic, If You Can Keep It. He was a distinguished counselor to the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Scholars and writers in the fields of monetary policy, banking, and political economy are fond of quoting Ron Paul. During his distinguished career in congress he has received many awards and honors, from organizations like, the National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, and the Council for a Competitive Economy.