The next presidential election may be 18 months away, but the political world is abuzz as a diverse group of candidates on the Republican side is vying for the party’s nomination.
Yet, as the media’s full attention has been focused on those who are running, hinting at running or bowing out, President Barack Obama appears to have built up significant political capital, according to a survey jointly conducted last week by Republican and Democratic pollsters.
Politico.com revealed the results of a Battleground 2012 poll, which found that nearly 60 percent of respondents would either vote or consider voting for President Obama.
The current President also easily won when matched up against two of the leading contenders for the GOP nomination. Specifically, a total of 40 percent of the voters said they would vote for Obama if he ran against former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (25 percent).
In a hypothetical race against former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the President won by 40 to 27 percent.
On top of this, Obama’s approval ratings have soared in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s assassination. Politico‘s poll suggests the Commander in Chief enjoys 52 percent approval, although a Gallup poll puts his ratings at only 48 percent.