(CNN) - Even though he's not in the 2012 presidential race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry leads the pack of Republican candidates in a survey of likely Florida voters by the American Research Group.
Perry polled at 16 percent among registered Republicans, with Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tying for second place at 15 percent. Fmr. Alaska Governor Sarah Palin came in third with 15 percent, and businessman and radio commentator Herman Cain was in fourth at 11 percent.
The Texas governor has said he's strongly considering a White House bid and feels "called" to run but has yet to make an official announcement.
While Perry tops the field of likely Republican voters, Bachmann snags the lead among tea party supporters, ahead with 20 percent while Perry had 18 percent. Palin received 16 percent of support, and Cain had 13 percent.
A similar survey from May shows major changes in preference for certain candidates. Bachmann, who didn't officially announce her candidacy until June, was trailing at five percent in May but now has 15 percent of support among likely primary voters. Cain also jumped to the double digits, from four percent to 11 percent.
Others went down in numbers. Romney, who was polling at 26 percent in May, dropped down to 15 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had 11 percent but now has three percent.
Both former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum remained flat at one percent.
The American Research Group polled 600 likely 2012 Florida Republican presidential primary voters via telephone in a survey conducted July 18-24, with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.
– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
Katherine Harris is also a pollster?
If Romney and Bachmann are at 15% and came in tying for second, and Governer Palin got 15% why is she in fourth?? Wouldn't she also be in a tie for second???? Or could it be that CNN is showing there true colors????
Didn't anyone notice Gov. Huntsman on the jet ski? He's supposed to be in Florida, too, isn't he? For Gov. Perry to be leading the FL polls shows me just how non-functional the Republican party has become. The Republican electorate has let themselves be led around for so long, that when no clear leader emerges from the party they are too dysfunctional to recognize and select one for themselves.
The Republican voters are looking for a "barker", not a leader, this year. Look at when and who has been on top of the polls as the year has progressed. It has always been the most bitter person out there; no matter what their message contains, even if it contains nothing.
Good...another "no chance in h#ll" candidate with some traction. The muddier the field gets, the easier the landslide reelection of Obama will be
Seriously.?Choosing someone who isn't even a candidate. Okay, GOPers, go for it. Select the guy who wants to secede from the nation.
Oh lordie lordie lordie. Up the dosage of Aricept for those oldsters - they've already forgotten Perry's twin (the Shrub) and how he stole Florida and ruined our country financially.
NO MORE TEXAS GOVERNORS FOR PRESIDENT. In fact, no more Republican Governors for President EVER.
I hope Mr. Secessionist does run. He will be summarily embarassed and rebuked in the general election.
these repugs are destined to ruine this country. they see how hard it is to push through a plan so far out because of their lunatic base theyve got in the house, yet they are determined to bring this situation up again in the worst time possible, near the election. i wonder what kind of voodoo tea the teabaggers gave the repug leadership to be bringing up outlandish logic. this is unbeleivable i know for sure the market cannot stand another hit, neather moodies or S&P will certainly bring our tripple A ratings down, because the whole world know how disfunctional our government is.
Anybody remember the last time we had a Texas governor for President and how things turned out for this country at the end of his terms? If you don't, you are a complete fool.
Go head Florida Republicans elect a Secessionist to the White House. Y'all elected the current Republican Governor to improve your state, oh what was His campaign mantras were "Let's get to work!" and "jobs, jobs, jobs." Rejected – $2.4 billion for high speed rail creating 24,000 jobs (how many jobs would those jobs have created). My States governor here in Georgia refused stimulus money for education and then fired teachers. You love your governor so much that you want to elect one like him to the White House. Elect a governor to the White House that increased his state’s debt by 281 percent (Per Texas Bond Review Board) and is currently borrowing more money to pay for its expansion. Smart, real smart.
Look who Florida has as governor now .
Of course they would like a Log Cabin closet queen like Rick Perry , they loved the Bush Boys !
When Rick Perry said he wanted to "secede Texas from the union", he lost my vote.
He feels "called" to run ... isn't hearing voices a symptom of mental illness?
Interesting. Perry is two faced and not loved by the Tea Party in Texas. Do your research America. He's anothter Boerner.
Another Texas Governor.
Still digging out from the last one.
I was surprised that Little Timmy and Sanitarium polled so high in Florida.
I would like Perry to retire in Texas. There is no need to run for president of a country that he was considering succeed from earlier. So, what is his game? I think that if he is anything like his predecessor, we should all be afraid. Let him announce or stay quiet. There is nothing he has to offer the country.
They may as well all show up in a clown car because the Republican campaign is going to be one big circus.
Give them a month to pick apart his record after he declares, and Perry will fall like a stone ( anyone remember Fred Thompson as savior?). 26 Billion dollars of debt, whining about lack of government assistance after threatening to secede and disasterous cuts to education don't trump creating tons of subsistence wage jobs. Even Mitt Romney will be able to go after him, based on the fact Perry has never had a private sector career to speak of. This should be fun, watching the Texas Mirage vanish like a fart in the wind.
Terry: "If Romney and Bachmann are at 15% and came in tying for second, and Governer Palin got 15% why is she in fourth?? Wouldn't she also be in a tie for second???? Or could it be that CNN is showing there true colors????"
My guess is Romney and Bachmann are actually tied, but Palin is one or two votes behind them. They round all the results to 15% when they report tham, but Palin is really something like 14.83%. Just a guess...
Another option could be a typo. Maybe Palin sits at 13%, but CNN mis-typed it.
So now Governor Perry wants to lead the nation he once tried to secede from? That will go over better than Romney care. Can't wait.