Poll: Cain, Romney and 'undecided' tied atop GOP poll
November 7th, 2011
05:11 PM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Cain, Romney and 'undecided' tied atop GOP poll

Washington (CNN) - When Republicans were asked to select their preferred presidential nominee for a USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday, GOP contenders Mitt Romney, Herman Cain and the 'undecided' option, all tied in first place each garnering 21 %.

The poll was conducted last week while businessman Herman Cain was at the center of accusations that he sexually harassed employees in the late 1990s during his tenure as president of the National Restaurant Association.

However that was before Sharon Bialek, Cain's latest accuser and the first to put a face to the allegations, claimed Monday that Cain sexually assaulted her in 1997. Bialek was accompanied at a news conference by well-known attorney Gloria Allred.

According to the poll, 53% of Republicans are inclined to believe the accusations are not true, with most saying the charges are "probably not true" rather than "definitely not true."

The poll shows about half of Republicans are following the news stories about the sexual harassment allegations against Cain very or somewhat closely.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was the third most preferred candidate at 12%, which is consistent with other national polls showing him rising. Texas Gov. Rick Perry trailed Gingrich by 1  percentage point.

Texas. Rep. Ron Paul, Minnesota Rep. Michele  Bachmann, former Pennyslvania Sen. Rick Santorum and  former U.S. ambassador Jon Huntsman rounded out the last four slots, receiving 8%, 3%, 2% and 1%  respectively.

The poll's results are based on telephone interviews conducted from Nov. 2-6, with a random sample of 1,054 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

The sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Mitt Romney • Polls
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. GonzoinHouston

    I wonder how "none of the above" would fare in these polls?

    November 7, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Namejkane

    It doesn't matter any more , just register to vote, and kick these losers back to the stone age they came from. Go Obama

    November 7, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. The Greedy Old PIgs have lost their minds!

    At least Mr. KochCain has the pro-harassment "family values" voters locked up!

    November 7, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    This says it ALL folks. The undecided is probably the person who will face off with President Obama. None of these clowns stands a chance and they know it especially "the stiff" who doesn't know how to relate to people.

    November 7, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    I vote for Obama first, Undecided next. Never for Cain, Perry, Bachmann, Perry, Gingrich or any of the others. Huntsman is the only sane republican out there, but the fact that he's sane prevents the perverted wingers from selecting him.

    November 7, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. DIANA

    That's O-K, the rest of the country choses "none of the above" for Republican's.

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    November 7, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. NameMorpunkt

    But when asked amongst all voters from all parties, as well as Indeps, Mitt Romney wins.

    November 7, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. nick

    They only asked 1000 people. Get real!

    November 7, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. SaintM

    President Obama will get the votes that were intended for him AND the republican "undecided" votes. That means he wins a second term.....YYAAYY!

    President Obama 2.0 – 2012

    November 7, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. GOP = Greed Over People

    Is undecided another GOP "rising star"?

    November 7, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. Mike Dallas

    If "undecided" is now a top tier GOP contender, is "none of the above" polling higher than Perry and Bachmann?

    November 7, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  12. krissmith777


    In scientific polling, they don't need to ask many people. They use demographics to get an accurate result.

    November 7, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. Ancient Texan

    It really doesn't matter who the GOP nominee is, they'll defeat Obama.

    November 7, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. Reverend Horton

    undecided certainly gets my vote

    November 7, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  15. seriously???

    @nick... "they only asked 1000 people"... statistical analysis too difficult to grasp??

    November 7, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. Debbie

    Why all the polls and fuss? Now that Romney has Cheney and Rove behind him he does not need to do anything. He doesn't even need to flip, flop, flip. The puppet masters will pull the strings and all of the GOP will fall in line and march in lockstep. Rove has unlimited $$ to pour into the new puppet. Cheney gets another shot at his policies. Romney will be the GOP nominee, there is no doubt. The question is in general election will people vote for Obama who they are disappointed in or will they vote for Romney and a return to G.W.Bush policies.

    November 7, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  17. chuck weidemann

    The undecided wins !!! Just factor in margin of error. Thank God undecided is so high ... can this mean someone like Huntsman can have a chance and add his 1% to the 21%? Obviously the undecided doesn't like Romney he's been around forever! Cain will drop now there is a face on accusations..more to come?? Newt another " family values" man just doesn't wash. The others, they're just so far out there no one is suddenly going to say they have great ideas I am voting for them. Just leaves Huntsman.

    November 7, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. Jamie from Riverside

    1,000 voters questioned and some fictional, nobody who doesn't exist is tied with their 'top tier' candidates.
    I'd not be feeling warm and fuzzy at this point is I were in the GOP leadership. You hear that, Mr. Preibus?

    November 7, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  19. Fayeanne

    Today, after the four accuser came forward, Cain's campaign is DONE. Let's hope his former supporters will now support Romney so we can defeat Obama and win in 2012!

    November 7, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  20. Indy

    The only reason Romney has some support is because he has run for six years and people know who he is, it is obviously not because people think he would become a great leader or he would poll much higher. Romney gets some support but can never close the deal and if the Republicans find a new flavor of the week they will take Romneys numbers down a little, but Romney can never go beyond the numbers he has now. Newt will likely start to climb the polls (thats funny,Newt climbing) and once again that will keep Romney weak in the polls.

    November 7, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  21. Oldie in TampaBay

    so who's surprised that they are undecided? Cain is on his way out and Romney seems to be stuck in limbo.

    November 7, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It seems that many of the Republicans out there are so disenchanted that they might stay home on election day. That would certainly prove interesting. I know that it isn't going to be cake walk for Obama come November 2012, but if the Republicans can't get their act, it will make it so much easier.

    November 7, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |