Pitting hypothetical Republican candidates against Obama really means nothing. Paul's name recognition is not so hot outside people who are into politics; these are votes against the Obama Administration -- not votes for Ron Paul.
I'd be curious to see what Sarah Palin's numbers against Barack Obama are? If they've done this Ron Paul its surely been done for her.
no, he can't. but people are starting to see that he was right about a whole lot of things. including what happened in Oct 08 with the bubble collapse. the reason he can't? cuz of his idiotic polices on foreign affairs and being and isolationist
Seriously, you're both right. The poll numbers reflect Obama's dwindling popularity rather than Ron Paul's ability to garner votes. Paul has minimal name recognition outside of Republican circles and very low favorables among Republicans.
Palin, OTOH, has very low negatives among Republicans but high negatives among everyone else, which reflects the unrelentingly negative media coverage that she's gotten since she was first put on the McCain ticket. A head to head match up between her and Obama would reflect that she has not overcome that, but wouldn't necessarily mean that Obama was suddenly more popular.
Ultimately, the next election will be a referendum on Obama, as will the 2010 congressionals.
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