A CBS News poll published late Monday found that in a general election contest against President Barack Obama, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul would be the GOP candidates most likely to defeat the president.
In hypothetical head-to-head match-ups, Romney would defeat Obama by a two-point margin, 47–45 percent, according to the poll. Paul would come within one percentage point of the president.
“Romney and Paul’s relatively strong showings are driven by support from independent voters,” reported CBS News.
“The survey continues to illustrate Ron Paul’s secret weapon that sends establishment insiders into fits: his unshakable and growing appeal across party and ideological lines,” wrote J.A. Pitcher, a staff writer for Revolution PAC, a super PAC supporting Paul.