Poll: Cain and Perry lead in Texas
October 31st, 2011
08:57 AM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Cain and Perry lead in Texas

(CNN) – Herman Cain and Rick Perry lead the pack of Republican presidential candidates in Perry's home state of Texas, with the other GOP hopefuls trailing, according to a new poll released Monday.

The University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll indicated businessman Cain and Texas Gov. Perry statistically tied at 27% and 26% respectively among Republican primary voters. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas received 12% support, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 9% and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 8%. The remaining candidates received 2% support or less.

Perry also held the largest advantage over President Barack Obama in hypothetical general election matchups, outpacing Obama by 8 percentage points, 45% to 37%. Cain led Obama 40% to 35%, Paul garnered 38% to Obama's 33% and Romney received 36% to Obama's 34%.

The survey of 800 registered voters in the historically red state was taken between October 19 and October 26, before the POLITICO story that alleged Cain displayed inappropriate behavior to two female employees in the 1990s.

Cain and Romney have been atop recent national polls of Republican White House hopefuls, while Perry's approval figures have dropped since his late entry into the race.

Although Perry's approval ratings in the Lone Star State were lukewarm, they were more positive than Obama's. Thirty-nine percent of voters approved of Perry's performance as governor, while 44% disapproved. He fared better in the economic realm with 42% approval. Obama received a 33% approval rating and 57% disapproval figure. Twenty-eight percent approved of Obama's handling of the economy.

The survey's overall sampling error was plus or minus 3.46 percentage points and among Republican voters was plus or minus 4.93 percentage points.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Robert

    I would say that Paul deserves to have his photo in there! Paul beating Romney is just plain awesome and 12% at this stage in the game is not too shabby. The only guy speaking the truth.

    October 31, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  2. ConservaFASCISTS/TeaHadists/Tea Queda/TeaLiban

    That's sad when you're the governor of a state and the full support of the people is not wrapped around you.

    October 31, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  3. GOP = Greed Over People

    Slick Rick polls #2 in his home state?

    I told him not to leave and take his Texass sideshow on the road, but NNOO, he does and now even Texans are seeing an inept doofus is behind the curtain in the Land of Oz, err, Texass.

    Should been happy just being the President of Texass!

    October 31, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    The poll results demonstrate evidence of brain damage and brainwashing. Their opinions seem to be based upon political spin and hate. Either that or it's their polluted air and water.

    October 31, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. diridi

    I do not know how Texas voted to this Dumbooooooooooooooooooooooo..........

    October 31, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. king

    i guest those oil sipping folks down there in texas really love their drought ridden poluted land. i hope they're not considering turning the whole country like texas. i mean where the rich and poor resides and middle class is none existent more like a third world country. i texas is with it we are not, because they might attract businesses but i guarantee that those businesses are selling their product in other states because most people cannot afford their product and pay their morgage. hey as far as i'm concerned without the bailout the fed gave texas their situation would look even bleaker

    October 31, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. ST

    Now I understand why Mr. 999 is hammered so hard in every corner. How can it be he can lead Perry on his own yard even if it was 0.001 point. It is quite entertaining!

    October 31, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. sequoia

    That shows how deranged America's taint, Texas, is. I will never EVER go that that messed up state. Yuck.

    October 31, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. RINO Bil

    Wait a minute! Isn't Texas Rick Perry's home state? Isn't he governor of Texas? Shouldn't he have a commanding lead over the rest of the Republican Tea Party gaggle?

    This begs one to ask, "What are the people of Texas trying to tell the rest of the nation about Rick Pery?"

    October 31, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. Tired of the nonsense

    Cain and Perry lead in Texas.

    And I thought South Carolina had all the problems. Looks like Texas and South Carolina are running neck-and-neck when it comes to idiot politicians.

    October 31, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. westward

    Texas – Perry has run you into the dirt. You are at the bottom of the country in education, poverty, and are running a massive deficit. Yet, you think Perry is doing a good job. Give us a break!

    October 31, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  12. v_mag

    If either of the women Herman Cain is alleged to have harrassed turns out to be white, we can watch his numbers plummet in Texas. That's the mentality of Repugnants down here.

    October 31, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If this election is about a plan to create jobs (or even have a job), an understanding of foreign policy, a SOUND fiscal plan, Strong core values, then sadly, Mittens has none of the above.

    October 31, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. Penobscot

    Those Texas polls make me want to vote for Romney even more. Somebody Texans don't like? They've got my vote.

    October 31, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. vic , nashville ,tn

    Herman Cain leading Rick Perry by 1 point in Texas Wow

    Mitt Romney can’t win south so simple George Will and Rush Limbaugh saying no to Romney

    October 31, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. sf

    as a former texan...i'm glad to say I'm no longer a texan!

    October 31, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    westward wrote:
    Texas – Perry has run you into the dirt. You are at the bottom of the country in education, poverty, and are running a massive deficit. Yet, you think Perry is doing a good job.
    Texas is at or near the bottom in every social category that you can think of. You forgot people without healthcare, death rates for newborns, air pollution, water pollution, teen pregnancies, and cancer rates. It seems like anything you take the time to look at finds Texas racing to the bottom.

    October 31, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. westward

    @vic – Agree with you. The whole premise of this poll is that they people have to choose the lesser of evils. Didn't say they were motivated enough to actually vote for any of them. But very telling it is that Romney is still not running away with the GOP bid. He can't win any of the southern states – doesn't take much to realize that. Perry's people will continue to work on Cain with innuendo, etc. Perry will unfortunately be the GOP nom – but he won't get the Independent vote, moderate Republican vote, and support from the left.

    October 31, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |