Perry still leads Republican pack – CNN/ORC poll
Rick Perry is still the front-runner in the field of 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls, according to a new CNN/ORC International Poll released on Monday.
The Texas governor’s latest debate performance — rated shaky by some political analysts — apparently did not disappoint actual potential voters who support him.
Perry leads his nearest opponent, Mitt Romney 28 percent to 21 percent among Republican voters, according to the poll taken over the weekend — after last Thursday’s Republican debate in Orlando, Florida.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has 10 percent support. The other declared Republican candidates trail far behind in the single digits.
That’s with Sarah Palin in the lineup.
The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee has hinted about it but has not decided whether to join the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. When she’s not presented to the poll respondents as an option — Perry gets 30 percent backing; Romney 22 percent and Gingrich 11 percent.
In a head-to-head race between President Barack Obama and Romney, the poll shows voters almost equally divided. Forty-nine percent of all respondents said they’d be more likely to vote for Obama — the Democrat — while 48 percent said Romney would be their choice.
If Perry were the Republican Party’s nominee, Obama leads the Texas governor 51 percent to 46 percent.
Obama has a 45 percent approval rating, up three percentages points from the previous CNN/ORC poll earlier this month. His disapproval rating is 52 percent, down from a record 55 percent in the poll released on Sept. 13
Photo Credit: REUTERS/Scott Audette (Perry before the Orlando debate)