Poll: Cain takes top position, Perry falls to fifth
October 25th, 2011
12:22 PM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Cain takes top position, Perry falls to fifth

(CNN) – Businessman and conservative radio talk show host Herman Cain came out on top in a CBS/New York Times poll measuring support among likely Republican primary voters that was released Tuesday.

In the first poll since CNN's Western Republican debate, Cain is ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by four percentage points, within the sampling error for the survey.

One quarter of GOP primary voters support Cain, who has surged in national polls recently due in part, perhaps, to his easy-to-understand "9-9-9" economic plan and consistent debate performances. Romney received 21% support.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich netted 10% followed by Texas Rep. Ron Paul at eight percent.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has fallen to fifth place after early stumbles in candidate debates. He's also been hemmed in with stinging critiques from rivals on his positions regarding immigration and his support for a mandatory HPV vaccine.

Perry received 6% support in the poll, half the amount he received in early October.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has also fallen out of favor it seems, after winning the critical Iowa straw poll in August. With two percent support, the congresswoman has struggled to stay relevant as public bickering between former and current staffers exploded in New Hampshire.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman tied at one percent.

But with 14% of likely Republican primary-goers undecided and roughly four out of five saying it is too early to say for sure who they back for the nomination, a chunk of potential supporters is still in play.

The poll was conducted among 1,650 adults by telephone including 455 voters who said they plan to vote in a Republican primary. The overall sampling error for the survey is plus or minus two percentage points. The sampling error for the subgroup of likely Republican primary voters is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Steven Harp

    No candidate

    So far there's no viable republican candidate among the bunch of comedians. The closest one is really Herman Cain and the republicans simply refuses the idea of an African American which they hate, up against another African American which they hate most. So what next? will they eventually settle for the flipping and flopping Mitt?

    October 25, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. ST

    "Romney isn't the most ideal but is the most qualified for sure, but I think he out of the whole lot would be most likely to turn around the economy".
    The global economy is in a shamble which also affects US economy. It has to take time (years) to turn it around. There is no miracle Romney is going to come with and abruptly make it work. New Tech has affected the economy a lot. I can assure you with what you believe Romney knows, was applied those times and can not be useful in these times!

    October 25, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Dan

    Greetings from the UK. I really don't want Obama to be re-elected but I have little enthusiasm for any of the Republican candidates. Romney is untrustworthy, Perry is an idiot, Cain is totally inexperienced, Paul is too extreme and would lead America into isolationism which is something I do not want, Gingrich is boring, Bachmann is crazy, and as for Santorum and Huntsman... who?

    October 25, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |

    Fading fast Perry – bye bye!

    October 25, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Jay

    Why is Governor Gary Johnson excluded from the debates and from the polls?

    October 25, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. WhereIsPalin

    It's a hotly contested race.....can't wait for next week's poll results.

    October 25, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Karl R..e

    Which Mitt????

    This latest polls clearly shows that the flip flopping Mitt is not really a favorite choice for the GOD nomination. One is almost certain to ask the question 'which Mitt' anytime he's going to speak. This continuous 'switching Mitt' can never beat Obama if elected the GOP nominee, not when he was for most of Obama's policies, before he is against them.

    This flip flopping Mitt can be compared to the flip flopping Kerry up against Bush, who even though he lost most of the debates, Kerry's switching positions cost him the election. The teapublican party knows much better than to elect the switching Mitt as their nominee, since there's always the question of 'which Mitt' is he today?

    It's so sad when one has a label as a switcher. It's sad and upsetting to voters who in the majority want to elect some who is consistent even when his views are unpopular.

    The flip flopping label will continue to hurt Mitt right throughout the primaries and may even cost him the GOP nomination.

    October 25, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. FedUpWithLife

    America will become a Third World Country (like Texas) if we all don't get behind Perry!


    October 25, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. jay

    I'm glad that everyone hated the republican candidates.but they all have a chance to do a better job than almost 10percent unemployment and the largest debt in the history of man or the USA's credit rating dropping

    October 25, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. ECR53

    Newt would absolutely destroy anyone in a debate. Obama had his chance and proved he had great speech writers who delivered a message of hope with NO BACKING. Newt probably does not stand a chance as President but would make a great VP. I don't care about how many wives he had. Clinton was a great President and we all know what he was doing on his "personal" time.

    October 25, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. d00d

    CAIN/PALIN 2012!!!!!

    Dump the hero and get a 0! 0% corporate tax rate, that is!

    October 25, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. Phil in KC

    Kinda funny. He had all these supporters urging him to get in. He was going to be the savior of the Republican party. Where's all that support now?

    October 25, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. AL in West Palm Beach

    I'm sending $50 to the Obama Campaign...

    I am not paying 20% and I don't like that 9 9 9 car salesman's pitch.

    Either way, the really small business, and the really hardworking, tax-paying little guy will be left holding the bag.

    October 25, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. Santorini

    From John Mc Cain to Hermann Cain. From Cain to Cain . It is more of the same. Same causes yield same effects.

    October 25, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Mario

    Cain is incredibly stupid, cruel, and arrogant, so of course the GOP loves him. His hatred for the middle class, poor, unemployed, and GLBT people is epic. A monster like Cain should never be elected to do anything for the public.

    October 25, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Loathstheright

    The 700 Club, Robertson warned that the GOP base is pushing their party’s presidential nominees to take such extreme positions that they will be unelectable.
    Robertson want the GOP to lie to the public about who they really are...so very Christian of Mr Robertson.

    October 25, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. NoCommentCNN

    This is awesome. Go Herman Go!

    October 25, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. NC Nick

    I was unaware that ANYONE could produce this much KOOL-AID.

    October 25, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. Alec Richardson

    Ron Paul 2012!

    October 25, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. George

    Actually Huntsman and Mitt are the most electable of the bunch, but they are Mormons, might as well be Muslim to the extreme wing of the party...... now it may be Cain, wasn't he the first murderer in the bible?
    If this is the best the Republican party can produce then they fail miserably and deserve to lose in a landslide.......

    October 25, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. love this country

    Cain is no way ever going to be president, but please let him be their nominee!

    October 25, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. Mannycl

    Any Republican candidate will be a better choice than Comrade Obama. Four more years of this man and we all be doomed.

    October 25, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Senor Ed

    Vote for the Koch Brothers! Oops, I really mean Vote for Herman Cain!

    October 25, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "relatively unknown names of Santorum "

    Ummm...I have to disagree to some extent on that one Rudy...have you tried teh Googles?

    October 25, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. doug

    Steven can harp on about his fantasy Republicans who in fact don't exist in real life. He can watch Colbert and wish that it wasn't an act, but at the end of the day his party started the klan and is engaged in the great society program currently and has been for the last 40 years as a counter to the civil rights act.

    Without Stevens that Jersey Shore would be boring, you need to have the Democrat guys that sleep with the snookis of the world. They may talk funny, use a lot of hair gell, and love clubbin and steriods, but at the end of the day they are no different than any other Democrats found in equally blue Democrat areas of this country.

    October 25, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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