Romney leads new S.C. primary poll
July 18th, 2011
01:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney leads new S.C. primary poll

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's at the top of a new poll of people likely to vote in South Carolina Republican presidential primary.

According to an American Research Group survey released Monday, 25 percent of those questioned say if the primary were held today, they'd vote for the former Massachusetts governor, who's making his second bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

The poll indicates that 16 percent support former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who is considering a run for the White House but hasn't taken any concrete steps to launch a campaign. Thirteen percent say they'd vote for Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, with ten percent backing former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host Herman Cain. Every other candidate questioned in the poll is in single digits.

South Carolina holds the first southern primary in the presidential primary and caucus calendar. Since 1980 the winner of the S.C. Republican primary has gone on to win the GOP presidential nomination.

The American Research Group poll was conducted July 12-17, with 600 likely South Carolina Republican presidential primary voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • South Carolina
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Megatron and StarScream leading the polls at one and two, followed closely behind by Soundwave.

    July 18, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. indie voter

    He's gonna lose anyway. Obama 2012!!!

    July 18, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Those are some low numbers. I would hope that the Romney campaign is working hard to get these numbers up. It would be interesting to see all those who are officially in the race be on a debate and be given 30 seconds to answer quick questions and 3 minutes to explain why they should be president over the others.

    July 18, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Ron

    flip/flop, flip/flop, flip/flop....corporate raider on deck!

    July 18, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Tell us again "Ken" how it feels to want jobs, healthcare and low taxes. I'm waiting. I'm sure he remembers so well.

    July 18, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Hmmmm...now is this more proof that SC is crazy or is it simply proof that Romney is extra appealing to those already proven to be crazy? Decisions decisions...

    July 18, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds

    What's funny is that if the teatards had their act together and got behind one candidate instead of three, Romney would be losing right now. Of course, irrational "cut off your nose to spite the face" behavior has become the norm for the right wing extremists in this country.

    July 18, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |