PPP Poll: Obama leads Romney by 3 points

April 20, 2012 at 8:22 PM

RALEIGH, N.C., April 20 (UPI) -- With Mitt Romney the presumptive GOP nominee, the U.S. presidential race has begun with President Barack Obama leading Romney by 3 points, a poll indicated.

The Public Policy Poll, conducted among 900 U.S. voters April 12-15, shows Obama leading Romney 49-46.

Members of each party are rallying around their candidate, with the president's support among Democrats up 5 percent in the past month -- from 79 percent to 84 percent. Romney's support among Republicans has risen 4 percent, from 78 percent to 82 percent, the poll showed.

"As expected, Republicans are consolidating around Romney as Democrats rally to Obama," said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling.

A choice by Romney of Chris Christie as GOP running mate would result in a 47 percentage point tie as well as the tightest national popular vote, the poll found.

Conversely, the poll found having 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin as a running mate this year would hurt Romney's chances, with An Obama-Biden ticket soundly beating Romney-Palin 50-43.

The margin of error for the survey was 3.3 percentage points.

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