Posted in: Politics– August 25, 2011
Having just announced his intentions days ago, Perry is now leading the pack of contenders, according to the latest Gallup Poll.
Perry led former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, the previous front-runner, by 12 percentage points, 29%-17%, the poll showed. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas placed third with 13% support from those surveyed, followed by Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, with 10%.
Having only announced Aug 16, Perry has overcome Romney who has been holding steady nationally at the top. It is still way too early to tell who will be a hands down winner of the GOP race, but it appears Perry is a formidable candidate.
“Polls are a snapshot and there’s no question he has dominated August,” said Scott Reed, a Republican strategist who ran Sen. Bob Dole‘s presidential campaign in 1996. ” All eyes are going to be on that first debate (on Sept 7) when Perry’s on the stage.”
Perry has not had a simple ride to the top of the ticket, his first few days after his intentions were announced, he was criticized for his stance on evolution, climate change and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s handling of the economy.
Tea Party sweetheart, Sarah Palin, hasn’t made her intentions known. She has indicated to many that she will make that decision by the end of September.
Other GOP hopefuls include, former New York Mayor, Rudy Giuliani,Rick Santorum, former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich, and Herman Cain.
However, when they were added to the poll, the results changed little.
Of the Republicans and Republican-leaning independents surveyed, 25% said Perry would be their first choice to be the Republican nominee in 2012. Romney received 14%, while Palin and Paul received 11% each. Bachmann finished sixth with 7%, behind Giuliani.
When those surveyed were asked who would be their first or second choice, Perry fared even better. Forty percent of those surveyed said Perry would be either their first or second choice for the nomination. Romney finished next with 26%, followed by Palin at 21% and Bachmann at 20%.
The poll of 1,040 adults was taken August 17-21 and has a margin of error of +/-4 percentage points.