Another poll shows Perry falling, Cain rising
October 4th, 2011
11:10 AM ET
3 years ago

Another poll shows Perry falling, Cain rising

Washington (CNN) - A second national poll indicates a dramatic decline in voter support for Texas Gov. Rick Perry following a shaky debate performance and questions about his stance on social security and immigration.

According to a Washington Post/ABC News survey released Tuesday, 16% of likely Republican voters back Perry, a virtual tie with Godfather's Pizza executive Herman Cain. Both men trail former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who stands at 25%.

The last time Washington Post/ABC News asked likely Republican voters for their pick, Perry stood at 29%. The thirteen-point drop comes after a rough week for Perry, including rough reviews after a Republican presidential debate in which he said his fellow candidates "had no hearts" for disagreeing with him on a controversial immigration law.

Last week, Fox News released a poll showing a similar decline for Perry and comparable increase for Cain. In that survey, 19% of likely GOP voters backed Perry, while 17% backed Cain.

Cain's jump in national polls follows a surprise win at a closely-watched Florida straw poll, where he upset Perry, who was considered the favorite to win the much watched straw poll of GOP activists. Since then Cain has been in the media spotlight, thanks to a flurry of media appearances.

The Washington Post/ABC News Poll also asked Republicans if they thought New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin should enter the race. Forty-two percent said Christie should jump in, while only 31% said Palin should make a bid. When responding to the same question, 34% said Christie should not enter the race, and 66% said they didn't think Palin should get in.

CNN confirmed Tuesday that Christie will not enter the 2012 race. He will make that announcement at 1 p.m. ET at a news conference in Trenton.

When included with the other candidates, 10% of likely GOP voters backed Christie, putting him eleven points behind Romney (21%) and four points behind Perry and Cain (both at 14%). Nine percent backed Palin.

The Washington Post/ABC News poll surveyed 1,002 adults by telephone from September 29-October 2. The sampling error was plus or minus four percentage points.


Filed under: Herman Cain • Polls • Rick Perry
soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. thomas

    Prery Enron

    Cain Pizza

    October 5, 2011 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  2. MikeL

    I love it. The GOP candidates are the biggest jokes Ive ever seen. Obama is going to end up battleing Romney and walking away with a victory that doesnt make anyone sweat. I mean come on. Cain, Perry, PALIN? Theyre all jokes. And Romneys not republican enough for the hardcore psycho Teaparty crazies.
    The only thing better than whats already happened is if Perry somehow wins the Nom. He would get destroyed so terribly the teaparty might disband

    October 5, 2011 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  3. Andintheend

    The GOP has produced nothing but clowns to run for president, except for perhaps Mr. Huntsman, who doesn't have a hope. Your done boys and girl, maybe in 2016 you will have Mr. Christie and as he couldn't care less about the banjo country extremists, you may have a good chance.

    October 5, 2011 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Herman Cain was a member of the Feds people dont fooled by him.

    October 5, 2011 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  5. B

    I'm not sure if this view has been expressed: I don't think the GOP can win unless they select Herman Cain. Each of the other candidates is too polarizing, and even the media is underestimating the amount of solid support Obama has simply because he's not Perry or Romney. The GOP can instantly rebrand itself with Herman Cain, forever shattering the idea that it's exclusively the "old rich white man's" party, and simultaneously shattering the racial coalition of non-whites that will (honestly) inevitably congregate under Obama. The GOP needs a game changer, and if you think about it realistically, you must admit this is true. (not that I want/expect them to)

    October 5, 2011 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  6. Rich

    James Rick Perry is a fake, and I think that was most peoples first observation of him. They had him all Texaned up like in the movies, because I live in Texas and no one talks like that unless they are trying, and no one walks like they just got off the back of a horse, he was so fake.

    October 5, 2011 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  7. Ohio man

    talk about throwing a rock in a glass house .. ochhh.. A rock finished this mans campaign.. you can't make this stuff up..lol

    October 5, 2011 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  8. william

    Romney,Perry,Cain....Romney,Perry,Cain....Romney,Perry,Cain....Does anybody see the pattern here?The media is once again trying to handpick the candidates again.Wake up America! There is another contender in this race....Ron Paul. He would surely mop the floor with these 3 so-called front runners. Maybe its time we have an occupy CNN,FOX,MSNBC..etc..etc...etc.Im getting so sick of the mainstream media trying to pick our leaders for us.They are just as bad as those dirty lobbyist.Wake up America...before its to late!

    October 5, 2011 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  9. madmarine

    The real issue here is again we are being subjected to meaningless polls. What everyone needs to do is stand up to mainstream media and start asking them "how many people were polled" instead of telling us that these candidates are winning or losing in the poll fights. Typically, these polls have less people in them than a small populated town and yet these so called reporters of cnn, washingtonpost and so on tell us these polls are the majority of American people speaking. I have no faith in our media to really do a good job any more with these bogus polls. When are they going to start telling us how many people actually took the time to take a poll instead of telling us that one candidate is at 25%, 11% and so on. Really people, don't buy into the main stream media, these morons of political propoganda won't do a good job of so called reporting to take a poll of lets say 1000 people and then tell us who's winning and who's losing. That is not a majority by any means. Start putting pressure on media so they don't run this election the way they did the last one.

    October 5, 2011 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  10. Darryl Schmitz

    Good god... Okay, so after the public gets tired of Cain's right-of-center waffling, is it back to Romney-worship? Of course, Ron Paul, the only one who calls it like it is and not how his pollsters are telling him to call it, is too "old" and "unelectable". Right? Right? My, how we are so easily herded by the media and powerful party power brokers.

    October 5, 2011 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  11. glm

    Palin can't run on her record because she's a loser and a quitter. Give up on her once and for all!

    October 5, 2011 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  12. teepee

    where's the big talk now, P?

    October 5, 2011 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
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