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Obama Would Beat Mitt Romney In A Fistfight: Poll

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If the presidential election were literally a blood sport -- where candidates wailed on one another until a combatant conceded defeat -- President Barack Obama would have an advantage over rival GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a recent poll of U.S. voters showed.

According to the survey, conducted by Esquire and Yahoo! News, 58 percent of respondents believed Obama would give Romney a beatdown, while 22 percent said Romney would emerge from the scrap victorious. Twenty percent had no opinion.

Likely voters provided a much tighter picture of the actual electoral contest, with 50 percent saying they'd vote for Obama and 46 percent answering Romney -- but let's get back to the nitty gritty of the fistfight question.

The tale of the tape puts the 51-year-old Obama at 6 feet, 1 inch tall and around 170 pounds, according to a recent interview with pizza store owner Scott Van Duzer, who picked up the president during a campaign stop at his restaurant this month. Obama would be facing off against Romney, 65, who is a full inch taller than the president at 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs an unknown amount.

Both of the men reportedly like to exercise. Obama often finds himself shooting hoops on a basketball court or walking the freshly manicured grass of a golf course, while Romney is known for his devotion to working out on a low-impact elliptical machine.

This, of course, means absolutely nothing about anything whatsoever, but out of curiosity, who do you think would win in a pugilistic pairing of the two candidates, and why? Answer in the comments below.

The poll was commissioned through Langer Research Associates and conducted by telephone interviews with 1,002 adults. It has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

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