Best in debate against Obama?

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Best in debate against Obama?

A majority of Americans think Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich would fare best in a head-to-head television debate against President Barack Obama. In a Poll Position national scientific telephone survey, 54% said Gingrich would give Obama the best debate, 20% thought Mitt Romney would do the best. All other GOP candidates received single digit votes when asked how they would fare against Obama in a TV debate.

Young Americans in the 18-29 year old age group had the closest grouping among three Republican candidates in a head-to-head debate against Obama with 37% choosing Gingrich, 33% selecting Romney, and 26% choosing Paul.

Romney beat out Gingrich among African-Americans with 41% saying Romney would do best in a debate against Obama, 31% selected Gingrich, while 24% chose Ron Paul.

Among Republicans, 55% thought Gingrich would do the best in a head-to-head TV debate against President Obama while 22% chose Romney, Ron Paul got 6%, Michele Bachmann 4%, Rick Perry 4%, with Jon Hunstman and Rick Santorum both getting 1% among Republicans.

Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,356 registered voters nationwide was conducted December 11, 2011 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.

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Poll Position is committed to transparency and upholding the highest professional standards in its polling, explaining why we provide you with the crosstabs of our scientific polls. Crosstabs provide a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender, and political affiliation. Here are the crosstabs for this poll: Poll Position Crosstabs-GOP best to debate Obama

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