Perry Eclipses Romney as Frontrunner in Newest Gallup Poll


rick-perry1Texas Gov. Rick Perry has assumed front-runner status in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, eclipsing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Twenty-nine percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said they preferred Perry as the nominee to square off against President Obama in 2012, according to the newest Gallup poll released today.

 Romney fell to second, registering as the choice of 17 percent of Republicans.

The poll suggests that Perry is riding a wave of enthusiasm since the Aug. 13 launch of his campaign and a subsequent week of heavy media coverage. The Gallup survey is the first major national poll to gauge Republicans’
preference in a nominee since Perry’s entry.

Only he and Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R) saw their numbers improve in the Gallup poll. Perry went from 18 percent in the July Gallup poll to 29 percent in the current poll; Paul crept from 10 percent to 13 percent following a strong second-place showing in the Ames straw poll.

Romney’s numbers declined from 23 percent to 17 percent over the last month; Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) fell from 13 percent to 10 percent, despite her first-place finish in the Ames straw poll.

Rounding out the field are former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and businessman Herman Cain at 4 percent each, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) at 3 percent and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) at 1 percent.

Two percent of those polled chose other candidates, while 17 percent expressed no preference in a candidate.

The poll, conducted Aug. 17-21, has a 4 percent margin of error.

{The Hill/ Newscenter}


  1. to comment 1:
    Texas is a great place. But I think that this guy Perry gets ahead of the Romney candidacy becuase Romney is a mormon and Perry is a lightning rod to the evangelical christian “congress”.
    Personally, I am not voting for either but would think that Romney could hold his own on a stage better than Perry, but the entire GOP field this year is marginal at best and really seems to be a clone of one another with little to say different than less taxes and no obama. But stay tuned! They will give us much to rebuff in the future!

  2. #1 its “intrasant” that Texas was its own country (not part of the US) before joining the Union. In fact many still refer to it as the Great Republic of Texas”.

    My 2 cents: Look, Perry or Romney would be a vast improvement. Obama’s policies are truly un-American and his inexperience is showing.