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Last Look This Week at Republican Presidential Polls

by | Oct 14, 2011

By Dave Andrusko

Republican Presidential candidates at the Dartmouth debate

One thing you know for sure about polls testing voter preference among Republican presidential candidates: what’s true today might be old news by tomorrow—or more true than ever! We’re finishing this week with one more look.

Yesterday, we discussed the latest polling data that showed a number of things, but first and foremost a surge by pro-life businessman Herman Cain.

The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll finds that among Republican voters, Cain had assumed the top spot garnering 27%. Close behind is former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (23%) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (16%). The reminder of the field finds  Rep. Ron Paul  (11%), former  Speaker Newt Gingrich (8%), Rep. Michele Bachmann (5%), and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (3%).

In addition, a CNN “Poll of Polls” –an average of the last four national surveys—found Cain trailing Romney by only 3% –23% to 20%. Perry was at 14%, Paul at 10%, Gingrich at 6%, Bachmann at 5%, and Santorum and Huntsman at 2%.

A poll released today by Gallup found Romney narrowly leading Cain among all Republicans/Republican leaners, trailing Cain among self-identified Conservative Republicans, and ahead among Moderate/Liberal Republicans.

It should be noted the poll was taken prior to this week’s candidate debate at Dartmouth.

Categories: Polling