Generic Republican Candidate 48%, Obama 42%

This same poll had it tied 44%-44% at the end of June

A generic Republican candidate leads President Obama by six points again this week in a hypothetical 2012 election match-up.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows the generic Republican with 48% of the vote, tying the highest level of support earned by either candidate to date. The president picks up 42% support. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided

A week ago, the Republican led 47% to 41%, with the president’s support at the lowest level found thus far. The GOP candidate has now outpolled the president in nine of 12 surveys conducted weekly since early May.

The Republican has earned 43% to 48% of the vote, while support for the president has ranged from 41% to 45%. Rasmussen Reports will provide new data on this generic matchup each week until the field of prospective Republican nominees narrows to a few serious contenders.

When the Republican candidate is named, however, the contest is closer. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney runs essentially even with the president now. In April, Obama held a five-point edge over Romney