Obama holds double digit lead over GOP leaders Huckabee, Romney

Washington, May 12: President Barack Obama is holding double digit leads against the two potential Republican opponents Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee.

According to Politico, against Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, the president gets 51 percent of the vote to Romney’s 39 percent. Against Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Fox News host, Obama leads 51-to-38 percent.

But in a Gallup poll also released Wednesday, Obama has a far smaller lead over a generic Republican candidate, getting 43 percent to the GOPer’s 40 percent.

Those numbers are slightly better than in a poll conducted in late April, when both the president and the generic Republican opponent got the support of 41 percent of those surveyed.

Those numbers, showing Obama in a favorable position, come as 45 percent of those surveyed say they think the president will win reelection, up 10 points from just before the midterm congressional elections in November.

An Associated Press/GfK poll released earlier Wednesday found 53 percent of Americans saying they think Obama would get a second term.

The president’s overall approval rating has also improved, up three points to 49 percent in the Reuters poll, which was conducted since Osama bin Laden was killed.

The Reuters poll was conducted May 5-9 and surveyed 1,029 adults. The error margin is plus or minus three percentage points. Gallup surveyed 886 registered voters May 5-8 and the poll has an error margin of plus or minus four percentage points. The AP poll surveyed 1,001 adults May 5-9. It has an error margin of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.(ANI)