A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds that Obama earns 39% support while Cain attracts 34%. In that match-up, 14% prefer some other candidate, and 14% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Data released earlier today shows that voters nationwide are evenly divided as to whether or not Cain is qualified to be president — 30% say yes, 33% no, and 37% are not sure. Republicans, by a 49% to 17% margin believe he is qualified while most Democrats disagree. Among Republicans, Cain’s numbers on this question are similar to Rick Perry’s but not as strong as Mitt Romney’s.
In a match-up against President Obama, just 61% of Republicans are ready to vote for Cain. Eighteen percent (18%) would prefer a third option and 11% are not sure. Among unaffiliated voters, 33% prefer Cain, 31% Obama, and 36% aren’t ready to commit to either candidate.
Rasmussen Reports regularly updates data on potential Election 2012 match-ups. Beginning Saturday, October 1, these articles will be available to subscribers only. Subscriptions are available for $3.95 a month or $34.95 annually. For those who sign up before Saturday, a pre-launch discount of 58% is available. To view the most recent match-up results between President Obama and Republican hopefuls, see the table below.
|Obama||39%||Cain||34%||Sep 26-27, 2011|
|Obama||44%||Paul||34%||Sep 24-25, 2011|
|Obama||44%||Perry||38%||Sep 22-23, 2011|
|Obama||48%||Bachmann||32%||Sep 20-21, 2011|
|Obama||44%||Romney||41%||Sep 18-19, 2011|
|Obama||43%||Huntsman||35%||Sep 16-17, 2011|
|Obama||47%||Palin||35%||Aug 31-Sep 1, 2011|
|Obama||45%||Santorum||31%||July 10-11, 2011|
|Obama||48%||Gingrich||30%||June 24-25, 2011|
A Generic Republican consistently leads the president by single digits in weekly polling. Rasmussen Reports updates that number every Tuesday at 3 pm Eastern. Additionally, numbers for the Generic Congressional Ballot are updated every Monday at 3 pm Eastern and the number who believe the country is heading in the right direction gets updated Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. Eastern.
The president’s Job Approval ratings are updated daily. Generally speaking, the president’s Job Approval on Election Day is a good estimate of his vote total. However, it must be noted that the president’s Job Approval ratings may shift significantly between now and Election 2012.
Texas Governor Rick Perry led race for the 2012 GOP nomination in the most recent Rasmussen Reports poll. That poll, however, was conducted before Cain’s straw poll victory.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 26-27, 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.
Voters who are uncommitted to the major party candidates tend to among disapprove of the way the president is doing his job. More than 80% of likely Republican Primary voters say it is likely Perry or Romney will beat the president in the general election.
Romney is the runaway leader in the race for the 2012 Republican nomination in New Hampshire, home of next year’s first presidential primary.
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