In the hypothetical match-up, Obama still beats all Republicans overall, yet shows he is slipping fast. The President leads Mike Huckabee 46-44, and Mitt Romney 45-42.
Overall, Obama also beats out Newt Gingrich (47-39), Sarah Palin (50-41), and Ron Paul (46-36).
However, it is Ron Paul, whose strict fiscal conservative, constitutional, and anti-war platform that attracts an overwhelming amount of independent support, who see him favorably by a 35-25 margin. They also support him over Obama by 18 points, the survey shows.