Polls: Cain stays strong
October 10th, 2011
04:13 PM ET
11 years ago

Polls: Cain stays strong

(CNN) - Continuing his national surge, Herman Cain came in second place among Republican presidential candidates in a new national poll released Monday.

The Washington Post/Bloomberg survey of Republican-leaning voters showed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on top with Cain, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO, in the No. 2 spot, slightly ahead of Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Romney received 25% support, followed by Cain with 16%, Perry with 13%, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas with 6% and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota with 4%. The remaining candidates received lower figures.

The respondents who lean Republican said Romney, at 22%, would do the most to improve the economy. Cain, who has made the economy the central theme of his campaign, received 20% and Perry received 12%. Meanwhile, the questioners said Bachmann would do the most to hurt the economy. She garnered 14% followed by Paul at 11% and Perry at 9%.

The new poll was released one day before Tuesday's GOP debate in New Hampshire and shortly before Gallup released survey results that showed Cain trailing Romney by just two percentage points. The difference is within the poll's margin of error.

In the Gallup poll Romney received 20% support, followed by Cain at 18%. Perry saw 15% support in the survey with Paul behind him at 8%, Gingrich at 7%, Bachmann at 5%, Santorum at 3% and Huntsman at 2%.

But with 20% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents still undecided, there's more work for GOP candidates when it comes to firming up support.

A Pew Research Center survey released Thursday showed Romney still on top with 22%, but Perry was next in line with 17%, followed by Cain with 13%, Paul with 12%, Gingrich with 8% and Bachmann with 6%.

The Washington Post/Bloomberg News poll questioned 1,000 adults between Oct. 6 and Oct. 9 with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. The Gallup poll was conducted from among 1,064 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents by telephone from October 3-7. It has a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. The Pew poll questioned 876 Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters between Sept. 22 and Oct. 4 with a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

- CNN's Rebecca Stewart contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Polls
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. JR White Bear Lake MN.

    I'd like to know who these morons are that like Bachmann.

    October 10, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Despite what CNN reports, 16% support of republican leaning voters is NOT a strong showing for Cain. Neither is 25% for Mittens. Sarah should really reconsider.

    October 10, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. seebofubar

    Cain will soon be the Tea Party favorite! Oh wait...how can that be.....we're racists... I forgot. Stupid stupid blacks in the US voted for Obama who couldnt give a rodents behind about them. Herman Cain speaks about personal responsability and he gets condemed by the insane libeals. There must be something seriously wrong with the liberal mind.

    October 10, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Are you reporters at CNN actually buying into Herb's 9-9-9? It won't work for you, unless your plan is to bankrupt America.

    October 10, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    I've never seen so many conservatives so giddy at the thought of implementing a 9% national sales tax. Even the most optimistic economic forecasts show this would kill economic growth by slowing spending, and there is no mention of how this would affect state and local taxes: any time the states have lost funding from the Feds, they have increased taxes. It would also cut revenue that could be sued for debt reduction by at least 20% in the current situation, so how does this lead to a balanced budget?

    The answer is that it won't. Cain can spin it all he wants, but this is a disaster for debt reduction, and it will kill consumer spending, which is what drives the economy in the first place.

    October 10, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. We ALL Know, Mami

    Ah yes! The Hairdo Governor is slip slip slipping away!

    Begs the question: What did they tell him about his hair? [Que le dijieron del pelo?]

    October 10, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. westward

    Cain/999 2012


    October 10, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    Herman Cain is going to run strong for a while because he is "preaching to the choir" so to speak and giving that far right WASP group of the GOP what they want to hear. He talks like they do, talks against Obama like they do, he's against programs that can help minorities just like they are, he's pro life like they are, he's anti- NAACP just like they are, and on top of that he's BLACK! What more can you ask for? It's like those who lean to the right that can always say "well I have Black friends" or "I watch the Cosby Show reruns" So away with the so-called white guilt that helped wisk Obama into office. He almost blew it though when he bought up that issue about Perry and the sign at his ranch, but he quickly walked that back the next day. The right doesn't want to hear the negative racial stuff from one of their own, they can get that from the left. Cain can get away with being the "angry Black man" right now where Obama can't because he's, well he's one of them...at least for right now.

    October 10, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Bachmann won the poll for who would do the most to hurt the economy. That's hilarious.

    October 10, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. Shawn in MD

    One thing will surely be settled if Cain is nominated. When Obama wins the general, the right wing nuts can no longer accuse the black community for voting on race lines hah!
    The more important question is, will Cain tell the black community not to be "brainwashed" into voting for a black candidate? LOL

    October 10, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. diridi

    you are not going to win, boy, Joe the plumber for President, Tom the electrician for VP, Bob the carpenter for Secretary, Jeff the Barber for Finance., GOP idiot's Joke for this nation...pity, pity, and I pity....GOP idiots, and Tea thugs...what a nonsense....

    October 10, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. The Lone Okie

    No suprise he got where is on his own with hard work and no help from good Whites and Blacks who gavd up lives and liberties to promote opportunites he was allowed tm partake in. Snowflakes 9-9-9 reminds me of 6-6-6.

    October 10, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Larry L

    The GOP is too predictable. Sarah Palin got the nod for VP because she was hot. Brainless, but hot. Mr. Cain gets attention because he's black, offers ridiculous economic solutions that could never work and would hurt the poor and middle-classes, and generally looks like a hateful white bigot. They hope to get votes from people stupid enough to believe the Republican Party actually accepts diversity. Take a look at the Tea Party rallys or at photos of the 2010 Republican Convention. It looks like a snowstorm of angry white faces.

    October 10, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. Middle America

    Cain is nuts if he thinks he's getting a single vote from middle class america. How can this moron have the audacity to say "if you have no job it's your fault"? When big banks are getting insane amount of government money (which is really MY tax payer money) and middle class is getting their pockets raped with taxes while the riches 1% pays little to no taxes. What ass-backwards system is this? Why would you tax the hell out of people who have little to no money and that are struggling just to survive. I'll tell you why, because our government is GREEDY. Not just one or two of them, but ALL OF THEM. They ALL need replaced, and they need to be replaced now. Give America back to us citizens. Give our rights back, give our money back, this is OUR country, not YOUR personal harem.

    October 10, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Woman In California

    Guess what Cain – race MATTERS with the TP lice and you will not be their boy. Not now, not ever.

    Cain's favorite words are me, me, me or I, I, I. He acts like his life is representative of all our lives.

    Thanks to Lawrence O'Donnell we ALL know what kind of a person he is. He let all the "brainwashed" people go out and fight for all the liberties he enjoys now. He is a coward and a disgrace and I can't wait until they REMIND him of what they "think" he is.

    October 10, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. ricnaustin

    Well good for him. If you ever listen his interviews, he always starts with, "the fact of the matter is...." That'll only last so long. These candidates think it's so easy to just flap lips about how they're going to get things done. They'll be sorry if one of them becomes president and get a HUGE dose of reality.

    9-9-9.. Goes to show you he thinks what works for one country, works for any country. If that were the case, every country in the world would be doing the same thing....

    Good luck Cain... don't get too vain....

    October 10, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Chris

    We, the American Taxpayers, are tired of paying for retirement programs that are too good to be true. From the President on down to the janitors, they make too much money/benefits/retirement, etc as compared to private jobs. How can anyone ask for more benefits to be paid by people who make LESS than the recipients? Also, welfare, public housing, food stamps, need reviewing. There are too many boyfriends slipping in late at night for a meal, a bed, and leaving the taxpayers with another unwed and pregnant woman.

    October 10, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. Carl in Reality

    Yay! For Cain. Please support Herman. America will be fundementally changed.

    October 10, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. Linda

    If you're not rich it's your fault . If you don't have a job it's your fault!! Heaven help the fools that vote for this guy!

    October 10, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. Clwyd

    The right is a mess with idiots running and cult members, and crazy ladies and pizza salesmen? The dumbing down of the God Owful Party continues!

    October 10, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. janelle

    The more people get a chance to hear Herman Cain, the more they like him. Really hear him, not what the pundits and media tell you he's saying, but what he really is saying. Yes, the 9-9-9 plan is good. It is a transition step to the fair tax. Before you complain about increasing sales tax to 9%, listen to how it works, or investigate for yourself how it works. It will bring down the cost of consumer goods and services by elimating all the "embedded" taxes in the cost of goods and services, so that by paying 9% sales tax, you are still paying less total than you are now. It broadens the tax base, everyone pays. The more you buy, the more you pay, so the more money you have to spend (the "rich") the more taxes you will pay when you spend. It will spur job growth and drop unemployment by creating an environment condusive to hiring. That will also expand the tax base and cut gov't spending at the same time.

    October 10, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. vet in texas

    as the grandson of a chaueffer, and the son of a small business owner who went to a historically black college and is about 3 years younger than Mr. Cain.........he is a fraud!

    I equate Mr. Cain to Charlie Pride like this:

    Mr. Pride says this is who I am so accept me for it
    Mr. Cain says accept me for who I am......huge difference

    October 10, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. kayla

    you go mr. crabs.

    October 10, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. Larry and Tia

    I am Catholic.My wife is Christian.My Dad was a labor union leader.We are disabled.My question is which of you would destroy Social Security,Medicare or Medicaid first?You must not spin if you want our votes to win in 2012.Neither Cain,Perry or Romney ever served in the Federal Government.Did anyone in this den of lions ever serve in our great military?All 4F?

    October 10, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |