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ABC/WaPo poll: Romney runs even with Obama in trial heat but lacks significant lead in GOP race

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There’s good news and not-so-good news for Mitt Romney in a new poll released this morning.

The survey shows Romney doing well in a hypothetical match-up with President Obama. But the former Massachusetts governor has yet to take anything resembling a solid lead in the race for the Republican nomination.

The poll also indicates a drop in Obama’s job-approval rating.

The story is HERE.

A few excerpts:

In a general-election trial heat in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll [Romney] runs evenly with Barack Obama among all Americans, and numerically outpoints him, 49-46 percent, among registered voters — not a statistically significant lead, given sampling error, but a clear reflection of Obama’s vulnerability to a well-positioned challenger.

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Overall, 21 percent of leaned Republicans support Romney for the nomination, 17 percent Palin, with all others in single digits. Still, while those two lead, the flipside is that each is not supported by eight in 10 potential GOP voters, indicating plenty of room to move as the field coalesces and voters tune in. Today just 22 percent of Americans (and 24 percent of leaned Republicans) are following the 2012 presidential election very closely.

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The president’s bin Laden bounce is gone. He had a 47 percent job approval rating in April. That bounced to 56 percent in a Post/Pew poll immediately after Osama bin Laden was killed. It’s back, exactly, to 47 percent now. Forty-nine percent disapprove of the president’s performance, including 53 percent of independents, and strong disapprovers outnumber strong approvers by 10 points

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