Poll: Most Americans think Obama would beat Romney in a fist fight

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Michael Bastasch DCNF Managing Editor
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What if the 2012 presidential election came down to fisticuffs? According to a new Esquire/Yahoo! poll, most Americans — 58 percent — put their money on President Obama beating Mitt Romney in a fist fight.

Only 22 percent of the general public believe that Romney would beat Obama in a fist fight, and another 20 percent remain undecided.

Even when the numbers are boiled down to just likely voters, people still don’t have much confidence in Romney’s ability to punch out Obama. Among likely voters only 21 percent believe Romney could win and 57 percent see Obama winning in a fight. Yet 22 percent of likely voters are still undecided.

However, when it comes to who they would prefer as president — and not fist fighting — 46 percent of likely voters say they would vote for Romney and 50 percent say they would vote for Obama.

This poll comes as two new polls released Wednesday show Romney and Obama neck and neck in swing states. A USA Today/Gallup poll shows Obama ahead in twelve swing states with 48 percent support against Romney’s 46 percent.

Another poll released Wednesday by Rasmussen shows Romney ahead in eleven swing states with 47 percent of the vote against Obama’s 46 percent.

The Esquire/Yahoo! poll also points to a large number of voters saying they will definitely vote this fall, with 82 percent of those registered to vote saying so and 72 percent of the general public also saying they plan to vote this November.

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