Three top pack in GOP race
In the remarkable race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, it now appears to be a three-way contest among embattled frontrunner Herman Cain, one-time favorite Mitt Romney, and the surging Newt Gingrich.
Poll Position’s national scientific survey of Americans saying they plan to vote in the 2012 Republican primary or caucus was conducted Tuesday night as Cain found himself embroiled in a growing controversy over sexual allegations made against him by four women – allegations Cain emphatically denies as baseless.
The poll found 24% backing Cain, 20% Romney, 19% Gingrich, 7% Rick Perry, 6% Ron Paul, 4% Michelle Bachmann, 2% Jon Huntsman, 3% someone else, and 15% with no opinion.
Excluding independents and Democrats who say they’ll vote in the Republican primary or caucus, Cain and Romney were tied at 22% among self-proclaimed Republicans, 19% of whom backed Gingrich and 9% of whom picked Perry.
Among Independents planning to vote in the Republican primary/caucus, 30% picked Cain, 23% Gingrich, 12% Paul, and 11% Romney.
These poll results reflect the views of 604 likely Republican primary voters with a margin of error of +/- 4%. The poll’s full crosstabs are below.
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