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CNN poll: Romney leads in all four early states; Cain leads Romney in national Fox News poll
Hotair ^ | 10/27/2011 | Allahpundit

Posted on 10/27/2011 9:34:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Even an eeyore like me wasn’t prepared for the sheer despair generated by these numbers. Bad enough to nominate Romney by default after the rest of the field flames out, but … to let him run the table? Says Philip Klein, “[T]ogether, the candidates are uninspiring, unserious, unprepared, dishonest, unreliable, inexperienced, inconsistent or ideologically malleable. Not one of them seems up to the task at hand.” True — but surely there’s one Not Romney in the bunch who’s sufficiently up to the task to win one state. Isn’t there?

Serious question: If the architect of RomneyCare and Great Centrist Hope runs the table, what’s left of the tea party as a national political movement? It’s one thing to say, “You can’t beat a well-funded, well-organized establishment candidate in a long race,” but you should be able to beat them somewhere. If you can’t, what’s left?

In Iowa, which will hold its caucuses on January 3 and is traditionally the first state to vote in the race for the nomination, 24% of registered Republicans say they are backing Romney, who’s making his second bid for the presidency, with Cain, the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and radio talk show host, at 21%. Romney’s three point margin is within the survey’s sampling error…

It’s a dead heat in South Carolina, which will hold its primary on Jan. 21 and traditionally is the first southern state to vote along the road to the White House. According to the poll in the Palmetto State, Romney has the support of 25% of self-identified Republicans or independents who lean towards the GOP, with Cain at 23%. Romney’s two-point margin is well within the survey’s sampling error…

Florida will hold its primary on January 31, voting fourth in the primary and caucus calendar. According to the poll, three out of ten Republicans say they back Romney, with Cain at 18%. Gingrich and Perry each grab 9% support, with Paul at 6%, Bachmann at 4%, and Huntsman and Santorum at 1%.

Meanwhile, in New Hampshire, he leads by 27. Granted, that’s the only one of the four where his lead is commanding, and granted, only a third or so of voters in each state say that their minds are made up, so there’s still lots of room for movement. But consider two things. One: This could be a sign that the Cain surge is starting to fade. I think he’ll be in the top tier for the rest of the race, but being top-tier and actually winning primaries are two different things. The last few polls out of Iowa had Cain ahead by anywhere from seven to 10 points; now suddenly he’s down to 21 percent again. (His numbers have dropped in South Carolina too.) Maybe last week’s abortion and Gitmo gaffes have finally started to bite. Two: The best Perry does in any of these states is 11 percent in South Carolina, which was supposed to be his southern stronghold. He’s fourth there, trailing Romney, Cain, and Ron Paul, with Gingrich just three points behind him. The closest he gets to second place in any of these is … nine points. If I’m right about Cain sticking around the top tier and if, as expected, Gingrich continues to impress at debates, there’s no way to avoid a deep split among the Not Romney vote. How does Perry manage that?

Here’s Huntsman, who tops out at six percent in New Hampshire and one percent everywhere else, dumping on Romney for “leading from behind.” Counterintuitive exit question: Is there a silver lining for Romney critics insofar as the Iowa numbers might force him to compete there? His nightmare scenario is thinking he can stun the field by winning Iowa, pouring in lots of money to make it happen, and then finishing a crushingly disappointing second behind some grassroots darling like Cain. (It’s happened before, you might remember.) He might not be able to resist gambling on it if the polls keep up like this.

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Update: Good news for Cainiacs: The Cain Train hasn’t been derailed yet. The bad news? National polls don’t matter compared to state polls. They’re fun as a proxy for popular support, but if Romney wins Iowa on January 3, the race is over no matter what his national numbers are that day.

A Fox News poll released Wednesday shows support for Cain has quadrupled among GOP primary voters since late August. At that time, he stood at 6 percent. After three September debates, he jumped to 17 percent. And now Cain leads the pack at 24 percent.

While it’s the first time Romney has trailed Cain, it’s the second time he’s been ousted from the lead since July. Romney receives 20 percent — a new low for him. That’s down from 23 percent last month and a high of 26 percent in early August.

Newt Gingrich now comes in third with 12 percent — edging out Rick Perry. The former speaker — like Cain — has seen his support quadruple since late August.

Perry’s support has dropped to 10 percent, down from 19 percent in September.

That flat-tax idea had better catch on quick-like. Especially since Cain just landed the most coveted endorsement of all.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cnnpoll; foxnewspoll; hermancain; mittromney; nationalbooktour
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1 posted on 10/27/2011 9:34:32 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

More lies from the LSM. It’s what they do.


2 posted on 10/27/2011 9:35:31 AM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Prop up the Rino.


3 posted on 10/27/2011 9:36:29 AM PDT by petercooper (2012 - Purge more RINO's.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m in the South Carolina GOP and Cain is WAAAAAAAAY ahead of the pack.

Don’t know about IA NH NV or Fla but these dummies don’t know jack about SC!


4 posted on 10/27/2011 9:39:53 AM PDT by Happy Rain ( "Many of the most useful idiots of the Left are on the Right.")
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To: SeekAndFind

So the GOP plan is to cramdown a nominee in the first six weeks that the bulk of the electorate does not support.

Brilliant!


5 posted on 10/27/2011 9:40:43 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

The only reason Romney leads is that we have too many conservative candidates who are splitting up the non-Romney vote. We could end up with a jerk like Mitt simply because egos prevent some of the hopeless conservative candidates from dropping out.


6 posted on 10/27/2011 9:41:12 AM PDT by freespirited (Stupid people are ruining America. --Herman Cain)
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To: SeekAndFind

Cain was hurt by the manufactured “pro-choice” mix up. Even here in Memphis, they spent 3 hours on the local talk show playing it as if he were pro-choice, leaving out the second question that he was actually responding to.


7 posted on 10/27/2011 9:42:16 AM PDT by Ingtar
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To: SeekAndFind

I would wipe Ghadaffi’s dead, bloody ass with my bare hand before voting for Romney.
(And I’m trying to express my aversion to Milton in a delicate way ...)


8 posted on 10/27/2011 9:42:30 AM PDT by tumblindice (Don't tread on me)
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To: SeekAndFind

Cain was hurt by the manufactured “pro-choice” mix up. Even here in Memphis, they spent 3 hours on the local talk show playing it as if he were pro-choice, leaving out the second question that he was actually responding to.


9 posted on 10/27/2011 9:42:51 AM PDT by Ingtar
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To: SeekAndFind

Romney needs to be teen down NOW! Time to play the morman card?


10 posted on 10/27/2011 9:44:49 AM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hello - it’s CNN

IOWA - University of Iowa poll: Cain 37% Romney 27% Ron Paul 12% Perry 6%
http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2011/october/102111Hawk%20Poll%20Topline.pdf

NBC News/Marist Poll 2012 South Carolina (Cain 30%, Romney 26%, Perry 9%, Gingrich 6%)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2795021/posts

Cain leads SC Republican Primary (Cain 32%, Romney 16%, Perry 12%)
http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/elections/2011-10-17/cain-leads-south-carolina-republican-primary-
race?v=1318813096

PPP
Iowa: 26% Cain, 18% Romney, 12% Gingrich, 11% Bachmann, 10% Paul, 6% Perry, 1% Huntsman, 0% Santorum
New Hampshire: 39% Romney, 24% Cain, 11% Paul, 5% Bachmann, 5% Gingrich, 5% Huntsman, 2% Perry, 0% Santorum

Cain Leading GOP Field in Florida
http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/herman-cain-leading-gop-2012-field-florida

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Nationwide:

Herman Cain leads CBS/NYT poll (Cain 25%, Romney 21%, Gingrich 10%, Paul 8%, Perry)
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20125120-503544/herman-cain-tops-mitt-romney-in-latest-cbs-nyt-poll/

Fox News Poll: GOP Primary Voters Get on the Cain Train (Cain 24%, Romney 20%, Gingrich 12%, Perry 10%, Paul 9%)
http://www.foxnews.com/interactive/politics/2011/10/26/fox-news-poll-gop-primary-voters-get-on-cain-train/

IBOPE Zogby Poll (Cain 45%, Romney 21%, Rick Perry 7%, Bachmann, 1%)
http://www.zogby.com/news/2011/10/17/ibope-zogby-poll-cain-continues-pull-away-perry-bachmann-fading/


11 posted on 10/27/2011 9:46:17 AM PDT by justsaynomore (Cain 2012 - http://teamcain.hermancain.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

Which if any are looking at open primaries, and if so does the state polling take the Rat participation into account? I’d like to say of course Rats would like to boost Romney, because he’s the most likely of the pack to be able to be bent to their will. But they may also be thinking that Cain is an unelectable flake and that he could be easily trounced in the main election by the Truly Magic Negro (barf). So what to do, Rats? What to do?


12 posted on 10/27/2011 9:50:51 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: SeekAndFind

Romney ( It`s my turn dammit , I got seniority ) will NOT beat the messiah.

The base will simply stay home.


13 posted on 10/27/2011 9:51:35 AM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: justsaynomore

I’d like to see the poll’s internals. The make-up of the sample can be of greater importance than the outcome. Sample the right group, and you can get any result you want/pay for.


14 posted on 10/27/2011 9:52:02 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: SeekAndFind

It is scary to think that the most “conservative” popular media is helping the libs choose our candidate. Why isn’t there Big Conservative Media that would be enjoyable to watch? Not namby pamby fox. Real conservatives. There are only a few on fox. Until this happens how can we ever get someone decent into the WH?


15 posted on 10/27/2011 9:55:21 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: SeekAndFind
Serious question: If the architect of RomneyCare and Great Centrist Hope runs the table, what’s left of the tea party as a national political movement?

Good question. The answer is the movement would be severely weakened, at minimum. ....which is precisely what the GOP establishment wants, which is why they're pushing Willard with such desperation.

16 posted on 10/27/2011 10:00:28 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Fantasywriter
I’d like to see the poll’s internals. The make-up of the sample can be of greater importance than the outcome. Sample the right group, and you can get any result you want/pay for.

That's so so so true. Back when I studied political science in college (I picked it as one of the few humanities options needed to round out an engineering education) one thing that came out is that Gallup had an excruciatingly scientific method to come up with accurate data, if they wanted to go to the trouble. The problem is that you have to chase down all your pre-selected sample subjects, and only go to alternates if they truly play hard to get. This can take weeks. Your weekend flash phone poll is going to have huge reliability and bias problems compared to this.

17 posted on 10/27/2011 10:01:41 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: SeekAndFind
Cain just landed the most coveted endorsement of all.

For a second I thought Sarah Palin had endorsed him. Dale Peterson is the most coveted endorsement of all?

18 posted on 10/27/2011 10:10:44 AM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: SeekAndFind

something is wrong with that CNN poll, it doesn’t jive with any other poll taken recently.


19 posted on 10/27/2011 10:19:07 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Thanks for that info. It’s fascinating. I don’t have a numbers kind of mind, but I latch onto any and all analyses of polling methodology. I’ve learned a lot, some from Rush, and even more from FR.


20 posted on 10/27/2011 10:20:01 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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