Gallup has some bad news for Barack Obama's reelection chances. A new poll shows him in a virtual dead-heat nationally with four Republican candidates.
We've seen polls before showing Mitt Romney even with the President, but it's jarring to see Obama statistically tied with Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann and Ron Paul.
President Obama is at the moment in a rough parity position when registered voters are asked whether they would vote for him in election matchups against four potential Republican candidates. Romney fares slightly better than the other GOP candidates, and Bachmann slightly worse, but these are not large differences. Gallup research shows that these types of election measures at this stage in the campaign are not highly stable, and one can expect changes in the relative positioning of Obama and various GOP candidates in the months ahead.