New Poll: Perry & Romney remain one-two in nomination hunt
September 20th, 2011
08:24 AM ET
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New Poll: Perry & Romney remain one-two in nomination hunt

Washington (CNN) - A new national poll in the battle for the GOP presidential nomination conducted entirely after last week's CNN/Tea Party Republican debate indicates that Texas Gov. Rick Perry remains at the top of the pack. But according to the USA Today/Gallup survey, Perry doesn't fare as well as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in hypothetical 2012 general election matchups against President Barack Obama.

The poll indicates that 31 percent of Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP say they support Perry for their party's presidential nomination, with 24 percent backing Romney, who's making his second bid for the White House.

Thirteen percent support Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who's making his third run for the presidency, with Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, businessman, former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host Herman Cain, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich all at five percent. Everyone else registered in the low single digits.

The poll, released Monday evening, was conducted Thursday through Sunday, after last Monday's debate in Tampa, Florida.

The survey suggests that Perry is stronger with Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP, the voters who will decide the Republican presidential nomination, while Romney does better among swing voters who could be very influential in deciding next year's general election.

In hypothetical general election matchups, Romney holds a two point margin over Obama, 49 to 47 percent, while the president holds a five point advantage over Perry, 50 to 45 percent. Both margins are within the poll's sampling error.

The GOP White House hopefuls meet again on the same stage this Thursday, at a debate in Orlando, Florida. The Fox/Republican Party of Florida showdown is the third presidential debate since Labor Day.

The USA Today/Gallup poll was conducted September 15-18, with 889 registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    President Obama still beats them in all polls.

    September 20, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    The only reason Gov. Perry is at the top of the poll is because he is the least disliked. Many polls suggest that most Republicans still prefer another candidate to any of the conteneders currently in the race for the Republican nomination.

    September 20, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Well isn't that poll nice and special?!
    It appears that the Republicans have been VERY busy changing the voting laws in order to make it more difficult for students, military, minorities and early voters to vote. These groups voted overwhelmingly Democratic in the last election. Of special interest, however, is what they are doing in Nebraska in regards to that state's current ability to split electoral votes. They are trying to do away with that in THAT state and have that traditionally Republican state be a winner take all electoral votes. YET they are passing a law to do the EXACT opposite in the state of Pennsylvania which is a winner take all state BUT went heaviily Democratic in the last election. In Pennsylvania's case they want to be able to SPLIT the electoral votes.The same is being done in other states with Republican governors throughout the Union. Republican Senators are being told that either they vote to support the change in the laws they are trying to implement or they will NOT have the support of the Republican Party going forward! This is NO joke ladies and gentlemen.
    In other words the Republicans are looking to beat the President NOT on ideology necessarily but by changing the RULES to benefit them at the polls. They meant it when they declared on the FIRST day of this President's presidency that their NUMBER ONE was to have Obama be a one-term President, not fix the economy, not get Americans back to work, but to get the President out of the White House.
    We sat out the 2010 elections and ushered in these amoral, greedy, selfish, power-driven monsters who have been busy at work NOT on our behalf but on behalf of their Party and their corporate masters. Like busy bees they have kept the masses distracted with shiny Palin, Bachmann, and Perry things while they do the work of the devil changing the very tenets or our democracy to their favor.
    We CANNOT afford to sit 2012 out. if we blink at the wheel next year our fate will be sealed for decades to come, and all hope of having this be a country "of the people, and by the people" will be shot to hell.

    Obama 2012

    September 20, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  4. Howie in Brissie

    It's funny how they look like twins in the photo above. One differene is the US flag pin lapel on Mitt Romney. Maybe that would have been too much for a secessionist like Rick Perry to wear?

    September 20, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. Anthony

    Romney is doing better against Obama only because Perry is the Republican frontrunner and is drawing all the fire from other Republican candidates. Romney still needs to explain why he said in 2009 that his health care plan may be a model for the nation, but is insisting now that Obama's health care plan, based on Romney's plan, is unconstitutional.

    September 20, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  6. marcus

    Who is voting for these 2 idiots ron paul 2012

    September 20, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Dominican Mama eloquently wrote:
    We CANNOT afford to sit 2012 out. if we blink at the wheel next year our fate will be sealed for decades to come, and all hope of having this be a country "of the people, and by the people" will be shot to hell.
    Liberals did do a "slow blink" at the polls in 2010. Republicans have been aggressively changing other voting related rules and procedures. They have been aggressively installing voter ID laws, which require citizens to go out and obtain an official state issued photo ID. The problem with that is that the IDs cost money, so the laws amount to an unconstitutinal poll tax in many ares.

    In Wisconsin, a valid ID is available free of charge, but state workers have been directed by Republican leadership to not make this fact widely known. In fact, workers have been specifically directed *not* to tell the public about the free IDs.

    Considering that most of the registered voters without state issued driver's licenses are registered as Democrats, the Republican effort is shaping up to be an disguised effort to keep Democrats, especially minority Democrats, from the polls come November 2012.

    September 20, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  8. FM

    To my views, there were never been the time GOP was tested to pick the real candidate than this time. I can't wait to see who they will come with!

    September 20, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  9. sortakinda

    Perry is making Romney look sane. He'll probably be Romney's VP, proving, once again, that he's not (sane).

    September 20, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. Rumors in Austin say Perry likes the way one of his state chefs serves up his "hot dog"!

    By all means GOP nominate a secessionist in to rule the other 49 states!

    Appears that will go over in the general election about as well at Bailin' Palin did in the VP slot in 2008!

    September 20, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  11. Enough is Enough

    It disturbing that if Perry is the republician candidate the 2 choices for president will be proillegal.

    September 20, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  12. Brad

    Who are they asking in these polls? In the REAL world veryone I talk to is voting for Ron Paul. I don't know a single person ANYWHERE that actually says they support Perry or Romney!

    September 20, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. Republicans - The Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    "Independents that LEAN toward the GOP".

    NEWSFLASH – those are NOT Independents. Please stop bastardizing the term.

    Make the hard choice: Green-Yellow- Red.

    Not " ORANGE" or " NEON LIME".

    September 20, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. Stop the Charade

    Quite an indictment of the GOP.

    September 20, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |