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   Obama holds big 2012 lead over Republicans [Reuters/Ipsos]

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6/8/2011 1:00 pm

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John Whitesides

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Reuters

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Poll

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Entered 6/8/2011, Updated 6/8/2011

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(Reuters) - President Barack Obama retains a big lead over possible Republican rivals in the 2012 election despite anxiety about the economy and the country's future, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Wednesday. Obama's approval rating inched up 1 percentage point from May to 50 percent but the number of Americans who believe the country is on the wrong track also rose as pricier gasoline, persistently high unemployment and a weak housing market chipped away at public confidence. Obama leads all potential Republican challengers by double-digit margins, the poll showed. He is ahead of his closest Republican rival, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, by 13 percentage points -- 51 percent to 38 percent.


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