Rasmussen: Rick Perry Tops GOP Presidential Field

To many Republican primary voters, the latest Rasmussen survey (released 8/16/11) will not be a shocker. The only question is: Will the enthusiasm for Texas Gov. Rick Perry last?

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary voters, taken Monday night, finds Perry with 29% support. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008, earns 18% of the vote, while Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who won the high-profile Ames Straw Poll in Iowa on Saturday, picks up 13%.

Sixteen percent (16%) of primary voters remain undecided.

“Governor Perry is enjoying a bounce from entering the race at precisely the right time”, said Scott Rasmussen.  “Now the difficult part begins for the new frontrunner.  It’s much easier winning support when people are hoping you will get in the race, than retaining support when you are the frontrunner.”

The survey of 1,000 Likely GOP Primary Voters was conducted on August 15, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. Likely GOP Primary Voters include both Republicans and unaffiliated voters likely to vote in a GOP Primary. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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