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. DN

    This is a massive indictment against the judgment of today's conservative constituency. Not being deterred by the un-American actions this man has committed just speaks very poorly of so many Republicans in this country's IQ (see: wanting to secede from the Union, ignoring the separation of Church and State to hold a prayer rally, and accusing Ben Bernanke of treason because he disagreed with the Fed Chairman's actions).

    August 24, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. The Dude

    For the love of God and country, please do not even consider this idiot for POTUS.

    August 24, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Read Perry's book- no more government.

    August 24, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Michael

    I think Ron Paul is the only candidate that can win the presidential election. Bachmann, Romney, and Perry seem like they would be fairly easy for Obama to beat.

    August 24, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. SaintM

    Unless they poll every single registered voter in these polls, they are not accurate and don't mean anything between now and November 2012. I wish CNN would leave this very early poll data out. There is this also: I know of 3 people who were polled by phone, and they said there were voting republican in the last election, even though they were democrats and voted for Obama, so people have played tricks on pollsters which give false results.

    As the election draws closer, please go to http://www.electoral-vote.com. That seems to be the best place to get results because all polls are combined. It is still not science, but it does give you a good snapshot.

    All that aside, the vetting on Perry has not even begun–wait and see, that's all I'm saying.

    August 24, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It is amazing how people on social security, veterans, policemen, and teachers will buy into Perry's ethnic cleansing.

    August 24, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The stock market is up today, because there is less fear. Did Fox go off the air for a day?

    August 24, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. The Clear Thinking Independent

    CNN, there's nothing liberal, nothing conservative about you keeping a running column chart on the number of public sector and private sector jobs in Texas over a rolling 4-year period. This objective information will provide the country with an unemotional understanding of what's going on in Texas. I CHALLENGE YOU to provide this on an on-going monthly basis for as long as Perry is in the race.

    If public sector employment falls [teachers, police, fire, etc.] – - we can ask our selves why.
    If private sector employment falls or rises – - we can ask ourselves why.

    Perry rails about being an expert at "job creation". Let's examine this boast and evaluate if, even if true, it is relevant to the problems that the rest of the country is facing. After all, America is not one big oil field.

    August 24, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. Real Patriot

    I didn't think they could come up with someone dumber than Bush-but lo and behold-here he is.

    We are witnessing the devolution of the Republican Party. Can anyone say "The Whigs"?

    August 24, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Henry

    Oh my, oh my.

    Will we really be so dumb to put this guy into the White House?

    Well, yes,we do it all the time.

    August 24, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Texas Doc

    The GOP deserves him. He is their perfect candidate: Not so bright, no solutions to anything, career politician that "hates" government, plenty of skeletons. The more people get to know this idiot the greater the disappointment.

    August 24, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Remember how 'no solutions' Trump vaulted to the top on the birther issue, only to die in flames. Perry will also be a 'flamer.'

    August 24, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Time for the Kochs to bail out Mittens.

    August 24, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. GL

    Face is this is where the Republicans party is right not and I hope this nut is the Republicans Nominee.

    August 24, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. Ben

    THIS IS BS! Fox News polls show Paul in the lead. ANYONE WHO IS EVEN REMOTELY CONSERVATIVE SHOULD VOTE FOR RON PAUL. If you look at what the original Republican party stood for, you will realize that Ron Paul is the only one even REMOTELY Republican. Not to mention the fact that he actually has INTEGRITY, intelligence, and experience.

    August 24, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. yoyo

    There you go America!!! we have another Texan who is ready to lead us a free ride.

    August 24, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    For thirty years, the republicans and secessionists have engaged in class warfare against the middle class and workers. Perry seems best equipped to continue their battle against 98% of Americans.

    August 24, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. SecedingfromTexas

    Texas unemployment in May 2011 – 8.0
    Texas unemployment in Jun 2011 – 8.2
    Texas unemployment in Jul 2011 – 8.4
    Way to go dud, oh, I mean dude.

    August 24, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Gov. Yeehaw's poll numbers will fall off once people read his book and see how out of touch he is.

    August 24, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Amazed

    Name says it all. I am amazed at the left wing liberalism at CNN no wonder America chooses to watch other media sources. A Fool and his folly playing on this site.

    August 24, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    God, but I wish you GOPer folks would get your act together. The Party of "real" America gives the secessionist wannabee top billing? Quite original. But not very productive ... all things considered.

    August 24, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    FYI: Ask Mr. Sucede Perry why he's spending millions to rebuild the Governors Mansion but cut Texas education budget after receiving stimulous money which he vowed he'd never take. Ask Mr. Sucede Perry why he hates Government but has never had anything but a Government job. Ask Mr. Perry how he got rich when he's held Government jobs all his life, how does that happen when most people who work for Government almost earn minium wage in the State of Texas. Ask Mr. Sucede Perry how he justifies being rich but doesn't pay a dime out of pocket for the estate he, his wife, maids, etc. live in at the expense of taxpayers while millions are being spent to rebuild the mansion. If you don't see how Government has always been Perry's "CASH COW" , then I rest my case.

    August 24, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    This is all a ploy. The Republicans will go into their nominating convention with no clear frontrunner. After the first ballot with no nominee, someone will nominate Sarah Palin and she will be elected unanimously by the delegates – at least in the universe she resides in. Now is the time for people like Mitt Romney and John Huntsman to get serious in the debates. Until Bachmann suddenly acquired elequence and erudition, Romney owned the 1st debate. None of the others could match his knowledge of the issues and his proposals. The two of them need to stop playing the polite Country Club politics they have been practicing and get down and dirty in a style that would make Karl Rove proud if either wants to win the nomination.

    August 24, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    It'll be nice to see Perry use his Texas boot to kick worthless Obama out of the Whitehouse.... Go git 'im Rick!!!

    August 24, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Shouldn't be too difficult for Rick Perry to boot Obama onto the trash heap of history....

    thanks to news like this....
    The country is on track to accrue a $1.3 trillion deficit this year, marking the third straight year the country has built up $1 trillion-plus deficits, the official scorekeeper for Congress reported Wednesday.

    This year's deficit would be the third-largest shortfall in the past 65 years - the first two largest were in 2009 and 2010.

    Over the next decade, the country is set to rack up a total of $8.5 trillion in new debt, with annual deficits averaging 4.3% of gross domestic product, the Congressional Budget Office said in its budget and economic outlook update. The deficit for this year will be twice that, at 8.5% of GDP.

    By 2021, the debt held by the public - which excludes money owed to government trust funds such as Social Security - would reach 82% of the size of the economy, the highest it has been since 1948.

    August 24, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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