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Fox News alert and hot off the presses a brand new national poll showing how Mitt Romney would do against President Obama.
The Rasmussen poll conducted over the past two days shows -- -- statistical tie.
President Obama just slightly ahead of Mitt Romney 44 to 41 that is within the margin of error.
Joining us now the author of a brand new book coming out later this month the people's money how voters will balance the budget and eliminate the federal debt.
Independent pollster Scott Rasmussen president of Rasmussen Reports dot com is our guest.
The glass is half empty or half full for Mitt Romney in this poll he's essentially tied with the president.
But he's done better in some earlier -- right.
He has if you go back over the past year the president and Mitt Romney have been.
Tied or within a couple points one way or the other all through the years sometimes governor Romney has been up as much as six point sometimes down as much as eight.
But essentially near this equal threshold.
One of the challenges for governor Romney though is that among Democrats only 1%.
Say that if that's their choice they would vote for a third party.
But among Republicans.
10% are saying if it's a choice between governor Romney and President Obama we're gonna look for a third option.
-- so that leaves a window open for CA -- Ron Paul I mean he's discussed as somebody who might want to run a third party challenge.
What he is discussed in that way I would be surprised.
Given that his son is -- senate Republican that he would make that.
John -- certainly suggest that governor Romney.
Still has some work to do to win over a lot of conservatives -- you know the question before us as he heads to South Carolina and other places.
Is not can Mitt Romney do okay in these primaries is will Republicans.
And Republican primary voters fall in love with them along the way that surprises me a little bit because I've I've thought of Republicans as tending to fall in line behind their standard -- no matter who that might be.
And it's very likely that that would happen now four years ago we saw Hillary Clinton supporters large numbers of them saying there's no way we're gonna vote for Barack Obama if Hillary Clinton is not the nominee.
We're gonna go for third party what we do know was the Tea Party activists more than anybody else are saying who ever the Republicans nominate we're gonna back them.
Us -- I I think there is still supporting needed to be done by governor Romney.
Well -- there are also questions about the Tea Party and its influence this time around I know that you asked people.
Do you have a favorable or unfavorable.
Opinion of the Tea Party movement.
31% had a favorable opinion but 47%.
Said unfavorable what does that say Scott.
Well the Tea -- He has been -- losing in terms of public perception in April of 200951%.
Had a favorable opinion of the group down twenty points right now.
Of voters they say they think it's going to hurt the Republicans.
In the general election.
So this is something that is a potential cause of concern.
The other factor worth noting only 13% of voters now say they're part of the Tea Party that's down from low -- a year ago.
And so is that because of of attacks from other outside groups or maybe from you know the administration.
Certainly that's a part of -- part of it was the debt ceiling debate where people tended to think that the Tea Party.
And everybody else involved.
Played a negative role.
And certainly Republicans.
Had a much more positive view of the Tea Party in fact the majority -- Republicans say they still think the tea party's gonna help.
But Democrats overwhelmingly say and that's a bad group unaffiliated voters they're also a losing their taste for -- Interest in reports.
-- off the presses from Scott Rasmussen Rasmussen Reports thank you.
Thank you but we are awaiting.
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