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PROVO -- A Rasmussen poll asked voters around the country who they'd vote for in 2012 for president if it were between Pres. Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. The poll came out a tie with both getting 45 percent of the vote.
BYU political science professor Kelly Patterson says it shows Romney has done a good job positioning himself as a leader in the Republican Party.
"It's still a little too early to see who those next leaders might be, but clearly Gov. Romney has established himself as one among a handful," Patterson said.
He says it also shows Pres. Obama's public approval has slipped some.
"People are looking at the president and seeing some of the struggles he's having, and maybe having a few more doubts then what they had just a year and a half ago."
The poll aslo put Sara Palin against Obama as possible contenders. In that case, Mr. Obama pulled ahead 48 to 42 percent.