Herman Cain gets big boost in GOP poll

Oct. 13, 2011 at 11:46 AM
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CONCORD, N.H., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. businessman Herman Cain is gaining support in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll suggests.

The poll says Cain, a former chief executive of Godfather's Pizza, has taken the lead over Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

The poll said Cain's success in recent debates appears to have boosted his support to 27 percent of potential Republican primary voters, up 22 percentage points from six weeks ago. Romney maintained his 23 percent support, while Perry's support fell from 38 percent at the end of August to 16 percent last week, the Journal said Thursday.

The newspaper said Cain received strong support among college-educated males, Tea Party backers and those who consider themselves "very conservative." The poll said Romney's strongest support was from those who see themselves as moderate to liberal Republicans.

Perry saw particularly sharp drops in support among men and voters older than 55, and his Tea Party support dropped to 15 percent from 45 percent in August.

The poll suggests Romney has the strongest chance of beating President Barack Obama, trailing the president 46 percent to 44 percent.

The poll of 1,000 adults, conducted Oct. 6-10, has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

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