The grim news for King Putt:
President Barack Obama is closely matched against each of four possible Republican opponents when registered voters are asked whom they would support if the 2012 presidential election were held today. Mitt Romney leads Obama by two percentage points, 48% to 46%, Rick Perry and Obama are tied at 47%, and Obama edges out Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann by two and four points, respectively.Bachmann has been demonized from day one, and she's within four points.
These prospective election ballots -- measured Aug. 17-18, well over a year before the Nov. 6, 2012, election -- indicate that the race for president at this point is generally competitive, with voters fairly evenly divided in their preference for giving Obama a second term or electing a Republican candidate. Even though the four Republican candidates tested have varying degrees of name recognition, they all fare roughly the same.He's under 50% against all of them, which spells almost certain defeat. No wonder we're already seeing stories that Obama is the conquering hero of Libya.
Rasmussen, meanwhile, has some very unfavorable news for Sarah Palin.
Update: Forget Paul Ryan running.