This week, the Economist/YouGov Poll tested three Republicans in a 2012 election contest against President Obama — one announced this past weekend, one who may announce, and one who announced Sunday he will not run.
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, the announced candidate, fares best against the President. Minnesota Congresswomen Michele Bachmann, who may run, and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who took himself out of the race, trail President Obama by double digits among registered voters.
There are some differences in vote patterns, mostly among independent voters. Obama leads Bachmann with independents by 22 points. But his lead among independents against Pawlenty and Daniels is much smaller. About one in four independents are currently uncommitted in all the matchups.
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