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Poll: Obama & Romney In Statistical Tie

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A new poll showed President Barack Obama in a statistical tie with likely GOP-nominee Mitt Romney.

According to the Fox News Poll, Romney trails Obama by just one point in a two-man race for the White House.

However, if you add Ron Paul to the mix as an independent candidate, Obama would beat Romney by seven percent and Paul by 28 percent.

In a hypothetical matchup in the poll, Obama would beat Republican Rick Santorum by 12 percent (50-38) and he would also beat Newt Gingrich by 14 percent (51-37).

Deeper inside the numbers, the Fox poll found that among Romney supporters, just 33 percent said they were voting for Romney based on his policies.

A majority 58 percent said a Romney vote was more a vote against President Barack Obama.

Perhaps most troubling for the GOP is President Obama’s disapproval ratings have dropped below 50 percent, while his approval rating has remained steady (45 percent approve and 47 percent disapproval rating) all within the poll’s margin of error.

When it comes to favorability, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton have the most favorable view amongst voters.

Barack Obama is the only candidate polling above 50 percent in favorability ratings amongst voters.

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