WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is in a dead heat with Republicans presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, and Ron Paul among registered voters, according to a Gallup poll issued Monday.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads Obama by two percentage points — 48 percent to 46 percent, when respondents were asked whom they would vote for if the 2012 presidential election took place today.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Obama are tied at 47 percent.
Democrat Obama edges out Texas Congressman Ron Paul 47 percent to 45 percent and leads Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann by four percentage points, 48 to 44 percent.
The results show that, at this point in the campaign, voters are fairly evenly divided but that the GOP candidates have a chance to beat the incumbent president.
The poll results are based on interviews with 1,026 voters on Aug. 17-18, as a part of a daily track survey and has a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.
Interestingly, for all except for Paul, all of the GOP candidates perform better among members of their party than Obama does among Democrats, msnbc.com reports. Among Democrats, Obama earns between 84 and 86 percent among across the four matchups.
Independents favor Romney and Paul, and they lead among that group by three points; and Perry by two.
But Obama leads Bachmann among independents by six points, msnbc reports.