Poll: Perry receives top spot
August 24th, 2011
03:15 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Perry receives top spot

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is at the top of the Republican presidential field in another national poll.

According to the Gallup survey released Wednesday, Perry leads the pack among Republican and Republican-leaning independents with 29 percent, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 17 percent, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas at 13 percent and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota at 10 percent.

The other GOP candidates received fewer than 5 percent.

In a July Gallup poll, taken before Perry officially jumped into the race, Romney was ahead with 23 percent, followed by Perry at 18 percent.

The new poll surveyed 1,040 voters via telephone between August 17 and August 21 with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • Rick Perry
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Ralphe

    I guess a lotta folks, Repubs at least, still want to secede from the US.

    August 24, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Phil in KC

    Not another right-wing, shoot-from-the-hip Texan! The last one almost ruined us. How quickly (some) people forget.

    August 24, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. NC

    Romney better wake up. He has all but declared himself the nominee, but who cares. President Obama will win in 2012.

    August 24, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    I have a hard time believing pollsters found anyone who knew anything about Perry, since it appears they were polled within a week of his announcement. Be that as it may, once the American public gets a look at one an extreme rightwing lunatic he is, his numbers will plummet like a rock. He cares for the greedy, not the needy. His "jobs record" in Texas is based on smoke and mirrors, and he has nothing to offer the poor, the middle class, workers or the environment. In short, he's a teatard disaster and about twice as stupid as our Worst President Ever, GWB.

    READ MY LIPS: NO NEW TEXANS!

    August 24, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Oh, oh, I see a migraine coming, a wallet fullmof $100 bills being lost znd no going back to the 60s'!
    Enjoy it while you can secessionist. That twang and the display of the family jewelx zt every opportunity is getting gross. Keep both booted legs onn the ground .
    Wasn't he tied with the President or ahead in the polls but against his own party he only gets 29% of the crazy votes?

    August 24, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. DVoice12

    W. Bush on steroids, scary what this clone will do to the nation.

    August 24, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. diridi

    This idiot is top spot? For firing all Teachers in Texas? 27 billion shortfall of budget in Texas? Texas ranks at the bottom in Health Care? Jobs with Minimum Wage? Jobs this idiot lured from other states have required public money, i mean TARP money from Obama? Infrastructure of superhighway failure? What a nasty idiot....you do not speak further...o.k, GOP bastards, no ethics, no policies, no principles, no character....no wonder they messed this nation like hell and crazy...idiots...Corporate thugs, Oil thugs....shut up....

    August 24, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. infidel

    It's called 'the blind leading the blind'.

    August 24, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Phil in KC

    Oh, yeah, – and all those jobs he created? How many were in government and oil? How many were low-paying burger-flipping jobs? How many decent paying jobs did he create that other states could emulate?

    August 24, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. Woman In California

    None of this matters until the GE and Perry has too many things going AGAINST him to ever win. While I don't take any candidate for granted (except Palin – she could never win) – there are too many similarities between Perry and W. Most of us don't want another Texan or another C-D student in charge period. It will take years before we forget/recover from the damage done by the last administration and by that time Perry probably won't even be around. Most intelligent thinking Americans will play it safe and stay with Obama. Taking a chance on Perry would just be too devastating and much too risky. I'll stay with the HOPE AND CHANGE.

    August 24, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. zazu

    As a Texan I say, Go Perry! He is a typical conservative, with no conscious. Bad for America but great to contrast with the President. America will see that Republicans can't hide behind the flag. The man who advocated secession; Way to Go Perry!

    Obama 2012

    August 24, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Ed Texas

    People are making a big mistake supporting Governor "Good Hair" Perry. In Perry's book "Fed Up", he states that Social Security is unconstitutional and a "Ponzi scheme. He now says it's not meant to reflect his views today" Heck, /the book was written in November of last year! Texas unemployment rate up to 8.2%, July, 2011, the highest unemployment rate in Texas since 1987. Also, net jobs increase in Texas were government jobs due to stimulus money from the Obama adminstration!

    August 24, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. Repubs prey on the middle & working class

    Shows you low the Repubs have reached to scrape the buttom of the barrell.

    August 24, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. DAK

    Rick Perry in the WH would be another term for Bush. There is a reason we limit the President's term to only 8 years.

    August 24, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Al-NY,NY

    Good. All the better for a landslide reelection. This guy couldn't win even if half the states weren't allowed to vote

    August 24, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. Oldie in TampaBay

    ain't gonna happen .. give him a couple of weeks & watch what happens when the truth comes out ... his 'run' will be over

    August 24, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. Clwyd

    Oh my God! This governor still fighting the civil war and questioning those of us who didn't serve in the military as not patriotic? Including the president! Where is the republican party digging up these crack pots?? What about his seven changes to the Constitution? One of which calls for the appointment of Senators and not having them elected. Abuse of powers door will be wide open and this nut calls of this crap! ?

    August 24, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Bill

    Goodbye Ms. Pray Away the Gay, $2.00 a gallon gas Bachman! Ho Ho Ho.

    August 24, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "Not another right-wing, shoot-from-the-hip Texan! The last one almost ruined us. How quickly (some) people forget."

    Forget? Screw that. Ruining us IS WHAT THEY WANT. They do not want a federal gov't if it's going to do things like tell them they have to treat people equally, give labor any rights, allow brown people who tend to vote Dem to become citizens, provide for the poor and the elderly and the sick or dying, etc. They've been trying to financially sink the federal gov't for decades now and with the current economic and budgetary problems, they believe they're on the cusp of finally succeeding. Electing a black dude galvanized them more than anything their own ideological leaders could have said or done. They've had enough of this country not staying exactly the way it was in 1860.

    August 24, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Laverne

    I always said Romney will not win the republican nomination and even though I am not a republican I am soo glad because this guy is such a phoney and a fake! I would love to see the smile wiped right off his weird looking face!

    August 24, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    the more divisive and mean spirited you can be, the more the GOP seems to like you. Confusing stuff if you ask me but I guess that is why I rarely vote Republican.

    August 24, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. RobertFTL

    This just proves to me that Republicans want to rewrite the constitution to silence their opposition. They want to make it their interpretation of a christian nation that outlaws gays and abortion and allows all governor's like the criminal Rick Scott of Florida to appoint senators. This is the utopia of a white male christian America!

    August 24, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Bill from GA

    Mitt is trying hard to dodge this one. He knows repug policies will only make the economy worse, and Mitt doesn't want to be the one getting the blame.

    No one expects much from Perry, and if elected,.Perry could say he inherited a mess and it's all Obama's fault. That works for repugs.

    August 24, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. max

    Luv it...I hope he gets the nomination...too easy for Obama/Biden 2012!!

    August 24, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. one voice

    It's obviously important to be a total head case to rise to the top of the GOP/TEABAGGER list. SO SAD!!!

    August 24, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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