According to a Gallup poll released on Thursday, President Barack Obama would fall to an unnamed Republican candidate by a narrow margin if the election were held today.

Although 44 percent of respondents said they would vote for a Republican candidate when asked whom they would support in the 2012 election, only 39 percent of participants said they would vote for Obama. Eighteen percent of respondents said they had no opinion.

The poll was based on telephone interviews conducted with 914 registered voters between June 9 and June 12. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent.

While the Gallup report notes that the Republican Party’s lead is statistically insignificant, the numbers suggest that the race is close.

However, recent surveys have shown that Obama usually fares well in a head-to-head matchup against the current Republican candidates.

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