Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain (L), President Barack Obama
ATLANTA - In a hypothetical matchup between President Obama and GOP candidate Herman Cain, the former radio talk show host only trails the president by five percentage points.
The Rasmussen Reports Poll released Wednesday shows President Obama with 39 percent of voters against Cain's 34 percent. The poll was taken after Cain's upset win in the Florida GOP Straw Poll last weekend, where he handily bested Republican front-runners Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.
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The new poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters across the country and noted that 14 percent of likely voters preferred "some other candidate," while 14 percent were undecided. A similar poll taken a month ago had the president leading Cain by seven percentage points.
In similar polls against the other Republican presidential candidates from Rasmussen over the past month, Obama bested each of them by varying margins, with Romney being the only candidate coming closer to Obama than Cain, with a 44-to-41 percentage point margin.
The poll's margin of error is a plus-or-minus three percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.
In another poll released early Wednesday, voters across the nation are evenly divided as to whether or not they think Cain is qualified to be president - with 30 percent saying yes, 33 percent saying no, and another 37 percent saying they are not sure. According to Rasmussen, Cain's numbers on this front are similar to Rick Perry's, but not as strong as Mitt Romneys.
Among Republicans, the polling data from Rasmussen says 61 percent of Republican voters polled said they are ready to vote for Cain for president. Eighteen percent said they would prefer a third candidate and 11 percent said they are not sure. The poll also surveyed independent voters, with 33 percent saying they prefer Cain, 31 percent said they would prefer Obama, while 36 percent said they were not ready to commit to either candidate.
Cain is scheduled to be a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Friday night at 11:35 on 11Alive.