In South Carolina, Perry and Romney lead the pack
September 20th, 2011
11:08 AM ET
3 years ago

In South Carolina, Perry and Romney lead the pack

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry landed at the top of the GOP field among South Carolina voters, who host the first-in-the-South presidential primary, but only slightly ahead of Mitt Romney, according to a new poll.

The Winthrop University Poll released Tuesday showed the Texas governor with 30.5 percent support among Republican and Republican-leaning voters, compared with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's 27.3 percent, a disparity that falls within the sampling error.

Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain received 7.7 percent support, followed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has yet to launch a bid for president, at 5.8 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 5.3 percent. The remaining 2012 candidates did not reach five percent.

When asked who they thought would win the GOP nomination, regardless of who they support, 35.4 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters said Perry and 29.4 percent chose Romney.

Almost 60 percent of GOP voters who are definitely planning on voting in the Palmetto State primary said it was more important to select a nominee who matched their beliefs, while 33.5 percent said it was more important to select a candidate who could beat Obama in 2012.

A majority of Republican and Republican-leaning respondents said the term "socialist" describes the president well, or very well at 74.7 percent and 30 percent said the president is a Muslim, despite his Christian faith. Thirty-six percent said he was probably or definitely born in another country. Earlier this year, Obama released the long-form version of his birth certificate that reflects he was born in Hawaii.

The Winthrop Poll interviewed 1,552 registered voters and 596 Republican and GOP-leaning voters with a sampling error of plus or minus 2.49 percentage points.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • Rick Perry • South Carolina
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, the suspense in on ... Romney or Perry? Bless her heart, Queen Bee Nikki has a really, really big job ahead of her in endorsing one of these two candidates. So hard competing against the Muslim, yes, South Carolina? So, who to pick: Perry the "He's One Of Us Secessionist" or Romney the "Corporations Are People Too" Mormon?

    September 20, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. thomas

    Romney / Perry
    2012 / Doomsday / corporate rapture !

    September 20, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    When are the real republicans like Tom DeLay and Phil Grahm going to throw their hat in the ring? Republican voters need open obvious corruption candidates, not those who try to hide it.

    September 20, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    A majority of Republican and Republican-leaning respondents said the term "socialist" describes the president well, or very well at 74.7 percent
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    I think the same percentage of American people believe Obama is a socialist at this point. After 3 years of this buffoon, it is clear he is not a capitalist. He'd have the USA go down the same failed socialist path as the failing European countries. Given the huge Democrat entitlement society that has developed over the years, we are almost there.

    September 20, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Good grief, Republican voters are sheep being led by the wolves disguised as sheep dogs.

    September 20, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. dxlh

    This is an interesting poll coming out of South Carolina showing Romney doing so well. They must finally be voting on the economy as their issue rather than religious bias. Maybe the Obama misery index hit home. Or maybe it's to do with Boeing. South Carolina always gives some lucky candidate a boost in the process when they win the State, so hopefully South Carolinians will use their heads this time and give the boost to Romney.

    September 20, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "A majority of Republican and Republican-leaning respondents said the term "socialist" describes the president well, or very well at 74.7 percent and 30 percent said the president is a Muslim, despite his Christian faith. Thirty-six percent said he was probably or definitely born in another country."

    In other words, the GOP desperately needs to win in 2012 so it can rewrite the history books and avoid looking like complete freekin idiots for all of posterity.

    September 20, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. james Miller

    All you folks that call Social Security, Medicare, socialist programs; you are correct. --- If you don`t like them, refuse to accept any money. Also, when taxes are collected then redistributed to individuals, this is socialistic also. -- Taking anything makes you just another mouthy hypocrite .

    September 20, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Fair is Fair

    "Why are capital gains taxed so low in the first place?"
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    A better question would be "Why is a capital gains tax levied on the ENTIRE amount of realized gains, but capital losses can be written off only to a maximum of $3000 per year?"

    September 20, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. yuri

    Their strident slogan still says-"Cut taxes and spending. The economy will be fine". We can not fathom how this will continue to click among the conservatives as the "panacea" for all the economic encumbrances. For an independent and unbiased observer, their pugnacious posturing on taxes poses a lot of problems and it hardly is gonna be tenable.

    September 20, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Four wrote:
    Here is the real Income vs. tax data direct from the IRS for 2008:

    $50k – $100k paid 8.9%
    $30k – $50k paid 7.2%
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    Once again you selectively ignore the facts of reality. I guess they just do not factor into your world. Those people at the bottom of your scale earn most, if not all, of their income through wages. They take home pay has roughly 1/3 of it taken out for taxes. The difference is Social Security and Medicaid. Most of those people also live paycheck to paycheck. That means another 6-8% of their income is paid to sales taxes. A lucky few own homes, and so they must pay another 2-5% in property taxes.

    But, since you are a Tea Party tea totaler, you already know about all of this, but just wanted to show a skewed version of the facts. In fact, it is because of the impact of these additional expenses is why wealthy should be taxed at higher rates, to bring them more in line with people of lower incomes.

    September 20, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    All you folks that call Social Security, Medicare, socialist programs; you are correct. - If you don`t like them, refuse to accept any money. Also, when taxes are collected then redistributed to individuals, this is socialistic also. - Taking anything makes you just another mouthy hypocrite .
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    I would absolutely LOVE to take you up on this deal!! However, the government simply refuses to stop stealing money from my paycheck to fund their failed socialist programs. I, and my employers, have contributed (government has stolen) THOUSANDS to my retirement that the government HAS STOLEN and spent on other things. I would be SO much better off with all that money IN MY ACCOUNT where *I* could manage it and the government could not steal it (as easily). It would also be available to my heirs should I die before reaching retirement age. With social security, I simply paid thousands to the government to be stolen. My family has nothing.

    September 20, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Bill

    The pathetic Bachmann at less than 5%. This is rich.

    September 20, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:
    He'd have the USA go down the same failed socialist path as the failing European countries.
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    Actually, it was the fall of the socialist eastern European countries that led to where Europe is today. It was the perfect storm for a capitalist feeding frenzy. As is typical, once the frenzy is over along comes recession. Capitalism needs to be regulated so as to retard its' own self-destructive greed.

    It's like a herd consuming all of the grass in a large valley. The herd grows and thrives until it grows too big, eats all of the grass. Then it starves and dies off until the grasses recover. And then cycle starts all over again.

    September 20, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    "In fact, it is because of the impact of these additional expenses is why wealthy should be taxed at higher rates, to bring them more in line with people of lower incomes."
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    In other words, "To each, according to his needs. From each, according to his ability."

    Karl Marx would be so proud.

    September 20, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. R

    @ Rudy NYC
    "Good grief, Republican voters are sheep being led by the wolves disguised as sheep dogs."

    Don't worry. There are plenty of Democratic voters that are in the same predicament as well.

    September 20, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Jo

    "Thirty-six percent said he was probably or definitely born in another country." --– If this is in any representative of the entire state of SC, which presumably it is, it is no wonder that other emerging countries have by-passed many portions of our nation in education and workforce competitiveness. I know it's not all of SC, but the people that responded to this poll are just outright DENSE.

    September 20, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |