Anything can happen over the next several months, but the latest survey from Quinnipiac University (released 8/31/11) indicates that Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney are leading the GOP presidential field by a significant margin. If either Perry or Romney were to win the Republican presidential nomination, both candidates would face a very close race with President Obama.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has zoomed to the front of the line of GOP presidential candidates with a 24 – 18 percent lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. Romney and President Barack Obama are in a dead heat while Perry trails the president by 3 points in 2012 matchups.
Among Republicans and independent voters leaning Republican, Perry gets 24 percent to Romney’s 18 percent, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s 11 percent, Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s 10 percent, Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s 9 percent and businessman Herman Cain’s 5 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gets 3 percent, while former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, former Sen. Rick Santorum and Michigan U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter get 1 percent each.
If Palin doesn’t run, Perry leads Romney 26 – 20 percent with Bachmann at 12 percent.
In the trial November matchups, the president ties Romney 45 – 45 percent. Obama edges Perry 45 – 42 percent and leads Bachmann 48 – 39 percent and Palin 51 – 37 percent.