CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES POLLFor release: Tuesday, October 25, 20117:00 am (ET)The Race for the Republican Nomination
October 19-24, 2011Herman Cain and Mitt Romney continue to the lead the pack of Republican candidates for theparty’s nomination, with the edge going to Cain in this poll. These two candidates were tied forthe lead earlier this month. Interviews for this poll were conducted after last Tuesday’s debate.Rick Perry - who led the field a month ago - has now slipped to fifth place, just behind NewtGingrich and Ron Paul. Only 6% of Republican primary voters would like to see Perry as theRepublican nominee – just a quarter of the support he received in September.Cain, however, has vaulted to the top. A month ago, only 5% of Republican primary voterssupported him; that number has risen to 25% today. Romney’s support has risen 5 points sinceSeptember.
2012 Republican Nomination for President
(among Republican primary voters)Now 10/3/2011 9/16/2011Herman Cain 25% 17% 5%Mitt Romney 21 17 16Newt Gingrich 10 8 7Ron Paul 8 7 5Rick Perry 6 12 23Michele Bachmann 2 4 7Rick Santorum 1 3 1Jon Huntsman 1 2 1Undecided/Don’t know 14 18 22Cain’s rise is largely due to Tea Party supporters within the Republican primary electorate. 32%of that group backs him now, more than four times the number that supported him in September.Romney’s support among Tea Partiers is similar to what it was earlier this month, and up 6 pointsfrom September, while Perry’s support has declined. Just 7% of Tea party supporters back Perrynow, compared to 30% in September.Cain leads among self-identified conservatives, while he and Romney are virtually tied amongmoderates.
Tea Party Supporters: 2012 Republican Nomination for President
(among Republican primary voters who support the Tea Party)Now 10/3/2011 9/16/2011Herman Cain 32% 24% 7%Mitt Romney 18 17 12Newt Gingrich 15 13 8Ron Paul 9 2 6Rick Perry 7 12 30Michele Bachmann 2 4 8Jon Huntsman 1 1 0Rick Santorum 1 1 1Undecided/Don’t know 8 16 18