Poll: Herman Cain eats into Newt Gingrich’s Georgia support

5:08 pm April 12, 2011, by jgalloway

Public Policy Polling, reworking some of its Republican numbers from a presidential survey first published last week, declares that former radio talk show host Herman Cain is taking a significant bite out of Newt Gingrich’s GOP support in Georgia.

Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain at a 2010 rally in Duluth. Jason Getz, jgetz@ajc.com

Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain at a 2010 rally in Duluth. Jason Getz, jgetz@ajc.com

Mike Huckabee and Gingrich are in a statistical tie, with 23 and 22 percent, respectively, in a poll that carries a +/- MOE 3.5%.

The rest:

– Cain, 16 percent;

– Sarah Palin, 10 percent;

– Mitt Romney, 8 percent;

– Michele Bachmann, 4 percent;

– Ron Paul, 3 percent;

– and Tim Pawlenty, 3 percent.

See the crosstabs here. Says PPP:

Cain’s 16% standing is pretty impressive for several reasons. His third place finish comes despite having 15% less name recognition than the rest of the quartet. And even though he’s competing with a second home state candidate he still does better in Georgia than Sarah Palin does in Alaska (15%), Gary Johnson does in New Mexico (13%), or Rick Santorum does in Pennsylvania (11%).

The fact that Cain is the first choice of so many of the people who are familiar with him bodes well for his prospects if he can muster the resources to run a serious campaign.

If you take Cain out of the mix in Georgia Gingrich does lead the way with 31% to 24% for Huckabee, 10% for Palin, 8% for Romney, 5% for Bachmann, 4% for Paul and Pawlenty, and 3% for Haley Barbour.

– By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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