Obama holds off challengers despite economy

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 08, 2011 12:19 PM
Obama holds off challengers despite economy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is far ahead of potential Republican rivals at the 2012 presidential election, despite worsening news on the economy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Wednesday showed.

Obama leads nearest challenger former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney by 13 percentage points.

The survey was taken after weak unemployment and housing data last week that showed the economy is recovering much slower than expected.

Voters put Romney, who announced his candidacy last Friday, in second place behind Sarah Palin in a match up between potential Republican hopefuls, according to the poll.

Former Alaska governor Palin, who has not said whether she will run next year, is on 19 percent support with Romney on 18 percent.

Obama's approval rating ticked up one point from last month to 50 percent. Sixty percent of Americans say the country is on the wrong track, and 35 percent say it is going in the right direction.

(Reporting by John Whitesides)