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Obama vs. Romney, Take 2

Your First Read authors, as well as the rest of the political press, gave considerable attention to yesterday's Washington Post/ABC poll, which shows Mitt Romney leading President Obama by three points among registered voters, 49%-46%.

But a new Quinnipiac poll -- conducted around the same time as the Post/ABC poll, though for a bit longer period of time -- finds Obama in the lead by six points, 47%-41%.

But what's probably most instructive in both polls is that Obama finds himself in the mid-to-high 40s, which isn't smooth sailing for an incumbent president, but it also isn't necessarily perilous, especially given the current economic headwinds (like the high gas prices).

In other hypothetical general-election match-ups in the poll, Obama leads Jon Huntsman by 14 points (48%-34%), Tim Pawlenty by 12 points (48%-36%), and Sarah Palin by 17 points (53%-36%).

The Quinnipiac poll also showed Romney leading the Republican primary pack at 25% -- followed by Palin at 15%, Herman Cain at 9%, and Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul at 8%.