Rasmussen finds Mitt Romney now leads President Obama by 6% -- 45% to 39%.
That is the biggest lead a named Republican candidate has held over Obama in a hypothetical Election 2012 match-up. It is also a new low for Obama. Previously Obama's support has ranged from 40% to 46% in match-ups with Romney.
Other interesting findings from this polling include:
- Romney holds a 20-point lead among male voters but trails by six among female voters.
- Romney has a 45% to 29% lead among unaffiliated voters.
- Romney earns an overwhelming 75% of the vote from TEA Party members.
- Romney leads 51% to 31% among mainstream voters, while Obama has 65% support from the political class.
The Rasmussen survey of likely voters was conducted on December 27-28, 2011 and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.