...a Democratic polling firm finds that President Barack Obama's support holds up well if an independent candidate like Michael Bloomberg or Ron Paul were to enter the race...
"Our poll shows that as a third-party candidate, Ron Paul would take 18 percent of the vote in a matchup against Obama and Romney. Almost all of this comes at Romney’s expense. Nearly tied in a head-to-head matchup against the president, Romney’s vote plummets when Paul is added to the ballot, losing 12 points of his vote share.
...While Romney’s support drops off in the face of a third-party challenge, Obama remains strong at 42 percent (12 points ahead of Romney). Thirty-one percent of Romney voters in the two-way matchup defect... [but] only 12 percent of Obama voters defect.
Gee, Politico, the demographics of Ron Paul voters are so hard to research. Finding this WaPo article took me all of, oh, about 12 seconds.
...Paul’s supporters are disproportionately young, independent, non-interventionist, non-Christian and perhaps most telling, dedicated...
• In the Iowa poll, Paul gets more than 50 percent support from the two youngest age groups — 18-29 year olds and 30-44 year olds — but gets less than 12 percent of 45-64 year olds and those 65 and older. In the Post poll, he gets 20 percent among 18-49 year olds, but just 8 percent among those 50 and older. That’s a remarkable age gap.
• The Post poll shows Paul winning 16 percent of independents and only 11 percent of Republicans.
Gosh, Politiho, it's really difficult to detect your true motivation.
Pity your analysis is about as accurate as the rest of the tripe you publish. A Ron Paul run would damage Barack Obama's chances at least as much as the GOP candidate's. And, given the fact that Paul's national security policies are to the left of Dennis Kucinich, he'd definitely capture a large chunk of the moonbat vote.
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