Poll: Texas voters shoot down a prez run for Perry
May 24th, 2011
11:37 AM ET
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Poll: Texas voters shoot down a prez run for Perry

(CNN) – While his name continues to be floated as a possible 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Texas voters are saying no to a President Perry in a new poll.

According to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll, only four percent of Texas Republicans would support Republican Gov. Rick Perry in a bid for the White House.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin leads the pack of registered voters who expect to vote in the Lone Star state's GOP primary with 12 percent, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 11 percent. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Rep. Ron Paul both received 10 percent. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann were tied with 7 percent.

Real estate mogul Donald Trump, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and former U.S. ambassador to China John Huntsman fell below 7 percent.

Since the poll was conducted, Huckabee, Trump and Daniels announced they will not run in the next election.

Although Perry, the longest serving governor in Texas history, says he will not run for president, he sometimes shows up on the wish list of Republican operatives.

Perry spokesman Mark Miner squashed the rumors Monday.

"Nothing has changed," Miner told CNN. "The governor has no intention of running for president."

The poll surveyed 800 registered voters between May 11 and May 18 and had a sampling error of plus or minus 4.98 percent.

– CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Polls • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. OnTheRoad

    His running that then winning may be the only chance that we have of getting him out of the state of Texas! But, as a Texan, that would be the only reason that I would vote for him as president!

    May 24, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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