Ohio Poll: Ron Paul Most Competitive Against Obama

Posted: March 5, 2012 in Economics, US News
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Congressman says he can win in three states on Super Tuesday, slams Rush Limbaugh

Steve Watson
March 5, 2012

A new poll out of Ohio shows that the GOP candidate most competitive in a head to head match up with president Obama is Ron Paul.


The poll, conducted by Marist, is the latest in a string of surveys to show that of all the GOP candidates, Ron Paul does the best in a head to head match up with the incumbent president.

When matched with Obama, Paul trails Obama by 10 percentage points among Ohio voters, 48 percent to 38 percent.

That is the closest margin of all the contenders, and Paul is the only candidate to push Obama below 50 percent.

Romney trails Obama by 12 points at 50 percent to 38 percent, while 50 percent of registered voters back Obama compared with 36 percent for Rick Santorum, a deficit of 14 points. Gingrich scored 36 percent to Obama’s 51 percent.

Paul’s stronger support against Obama is primarily due to the fact that a higher percentage of voters identify themselves as independent. The poll finds that 35 percent of registered voters now consider themselves to be independent, an increase of 4 percent on a similar poll conducted in 2008.

The poll also finds that the number of voters identifying themselves as Republicans has decreased by 5 percentage points, from 31 percent to 26 percent. The number of Democrats has not significantly changed.

Appearing on CBS’ Face The Nation Sunday, Ron Paul, who took second place behind Romney in Washington this weekend, said he hoped to win three states holding caucuses on “Super Tuesday” tomorrow. Paul identified the states as Alaska, Idaho and North Dakota. Seven other states are holding primary elections on the same day.

Paul also slammed conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh over his comments to Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke. After calling her a “slut” and a “prostitute” last week as she spoke to a congressional on the issue of birth control, Limbaugh later apologized.

Paul told CBS host host Bob Schieffer that Limbaugh’s apology was purely down to personal interest:

“I don’t think he’s very apologetic,” Paul said, “he’s doing it because some people had taken his advertisements off his program. It was his bottom line that he got concerned about.”

Paul pointed to three different companies that have since pulled advertisements from Limbaugh’s show, noting “I don’t think he’s very apologetic… It’s in his best interest, that’s why he did it.”

Paul then clarified his position on birth control, explaining that the government should not mandate that insurance companies provide contraception coverage.

“This is philosophically and politically important because, does the government have a mandate to tell insurance (companies) what to give?” Paul said before adding “So they’re saying that the insurance companies should give everybody free birth control pill, that strikes me as rather odd.”

Watch the full interview below:



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