Obama beats big GOP names in hypothetical matchups 

Then he's going to eat their lunch.....             (ap photo)

OK, let's all say in unison, "You can make a poll say whatever you want!" and then move on, shall we? Some polls are worth considering, even just as a snapshot of public sentiment.

A new Public Policy Polling survey found President Obama faring better overall than a bunch of would-be 2012 Republican challengers. The strongest of the bunch was -- yo! -- Mike Huckabee, who was more or less declared unelectable ("toast" by this blogger) after he commuted the 2000 prison sentence of a man who shot four cops in Washington state over Thanksgiving weekend.

Here is how the matchups look:

Obama 46 percent, Huckabee 45 percent
Obama 47 percent, Romney 42 percent
Obama 50 percent, Palin 44 percent
Obama 48 percent, Pawlenty 35 percent

With all the hype over Obama's falling poll numbers, it's easy to suspect he may be in trouble in 2012. But if he can keep his job approval rating around 50 percent, he shouldn't have a problem.

The poll found Huckabee's approval rating of 35 percent basically unchanged from a month ago, suggesting the commutation controversy hasn't hurt him with the general electorate. Republican primary voters may be a different matter.

 

 

 

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