A new national poll from Suffolk University shows President Obama up by ten points on likely Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in a matchup -- Obama gets 47 to Romney's 37. The two men are heading different directions on their personal favorability numbers in Suffolk's polling, as Obama sees a positive 52 - 43 split on favorability, while Romney has dropped to 38 - 44. Suffolk pollsters identified those numbers as a major factor in the horse race results.
“The Republican Primary race is taking its toll on Mitt Romney and the GOP,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in a release. “The Republican Primary process has been so divisive that frustrated voters are saying that they would rather vote for a third-party candidate than one of the Republicans, which clearly benefits President Obama...Romney’s unfavorables have shot up over the past year, while Obama’s core numbers have held in the mid-high forties."
President Obama was also up on former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum by 14 points, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich by 19, and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) by 21 in the Suffolk poll. The TPM Poll Average of the possible Obama--Romney matchup shows the President with a small lead in the national race at the moment.