According to recent polling, President Barack Obama leads top Republican presidential candidates, but at least in one match-up, pitting Obama against Mitt Romney, it's within the margin of error.
Real Clear Politics mashes up several national surveys, including Rasmussen, Quinnipiac, Pew Research, McClatchy, CNN and FOX News, and comes up with what it calls its RCP average. Its most recent compilation shows, among likely voters, Obama leads Romney by less than one percentage point: 45.6 percent vs. 44.7 percent.
When compared to other candidates, Obama fared much better, with a 5.7 percent advantage over Newt Gingrich, 7.7 percent over Ron Paul, 8.7 percent over Jon Huntsman, 9.6 percent over Rick Perry, 10.2 percent over Herman Cain and 14 percent over Michele Bachmann.
But before the White House gets too excited, another RCP average indicated a 51 percent disapproval rating for Obama, versus 43 percent who approved.