Washington, Jan. 17 : U. S. President Barack Obama and Republican front-runner Mitt Romney are locked in a statistical tie, according to a new national poll Monday.
In an Obama-Romney race, 46 percent say they would vote for the president, while 45 percent say they would back Romney, the Fox News poll finds.
But the president enjoys more positive support than the former Massachusetts governor, with 74 percent of his supporters saying they would be voting "for" Obama and 21 percent saying they would be voting "against Romney."
Among Romney's supporters, just 33 percent said they were "for Romney," while a whopping 58 percent said their vote was more "against Obama."
The poll finds Obama beating other GOP candidates by big margins - Obama leads Newt Gingrich by 51-37 percent, and Rick Santorum by 50-38 percent.
If Romney were to emerge as the GOP nominee, he would have a slightly better chance at beating the Obama-Biden ticket if his running mate were Santorum than if it were Chris Christie.
In the poll, Obama-Biden was found beating Romney-Christie 47 percent to 44 percent, while barely edging out Romney-Santorum, 46 percent to 45 percent.
The Fox News poll was conducted Jan. 12-14 among 906 registered voters, and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points. (ANI)