Cain Remains Atop Gop Field; Gingrich Rises

Cain Remains Atop Gop Field; Gingrich Rises
The incredibly fluid Republican contest for the party’s 2012 presidential nomination hasn’t changed leaders this week, but there is a new candidate challenging for second place in this week’s Economist/YouGov Poll. 

Businessman Herman Cain remains atop the field (the poll was conducted over the weekend that allegations of prior sexual harassment were made against Cain and he denied those charges) with 26% support, nearly the same level as last week’s 28%. 

But this week former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is challenging former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for second place. 15% of registered voters who say they will vote in a Republican primary or caucus say they support Gingrich, 17% favor Romney. Texas Governor Rick Perry, the previous party frontrunner, gets only 6% support. Texas Congressman Ron Paul is at 10%. 


Cain’s strength continues to come from those GOP voters who identify with the Tea Party. 38% of them support him. Gingrich runs second with them, at 23%. Non-Tea Party Republican voters divide between Romney and Cain (22% support Romney, 18% Cain). 

Romney’s Mormon religion may be hurting him with only some Republican voters. Asked whether they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Mormons, 39% of Republican voters are favorable. 19% are not. But Romney may have a bigger problem with his religion with the general electorate. Only 29% of all registered voters have a favorable view of Mormons. 


In fact, both Romney and Cain trail President Barack Obama when it comes to voter preference in November 2012, and by fairly similar margins. Including registered voters who lean one way or the other, Obama leads Romney 47% to 39%. He is ahead of Cain 48% to 40%. 


Republican voters are far more attentive to the 2012 campaign than their Democratic counterparts are. Nearly half say they are following the campaign very closely, compared with just 24% of Democratic voters. Tea Partiers are even more attentive — 64% of them are paying very close attention to the campaign. 


Economist/YouGov poll archives can found here.

Photo source: Press Association

  [Contributors note: As I say, it is not that Romney (my 6th choice from the field) has a MORMON problem, but that far too many Americans (these days seemingly) are MORONS! Poll shows Democrats don't pay attention; as if we didn't already know that; which is why they are always duped by Race-baiting, Sexism, Class Warfare, etc, and therefore supporters of the clueless/Classless Occupy Wall Street crowd.


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Comment by Joseph M Lenard (JLenardDetroit) on November 19, 2011 at 1:16am

Miss the MI Debate?? see it (or get/read a transcript) at:

Comment by Joseph M Lenard (JLenardDetroit) on November 19, 2011 at 12:56am

Debate Spotlights GOP Surge Toward 2012

November 18, 2011
The “Your Money, Your Vote: Republican Presidential Debate” at Oakland University was a great event, showcasing Republican plans to restore prosperity to our country. What a great way to head into 2012!

Last Wednesday night in Rochester, Michigan, the leading Republican candidates—Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum—discussed their ideas on policies critical to our success as a nation. The debate moderators focused their questions on the issues that are most important to Michigan voters—the economy and job creation. And, our great Republican leaders were effective in conveying the ideas that will help us win the White House next year.

Our Republican Presidential candidates realize that American citizens are burdened by the disastrous policies enacted by the Obama administration. They addressed these failures, and proposed real solutions to get America back on her feet.

While Obama has created countless policies with political motives, our Republican candidates focused on the prosperity of American citizens, not that of the federal government. While the debate participants did not agree on all policies, they focused on the issues voters in Michigan and the entire country are looking for: more efficient ways to create jobs, to encourage the success of American businesses, and to decrease the power of the federal government.

Special thanks go to our partners, CNBC and Oakland University for their part in making this debate a success. Overall, the CNBC “Your Money, Your Vote” debate has been heralded as one of the best presidential debates this year. This tremendous slate of candidates has much to offer in 2012, and their ideas were refreshing and encouraging to viewers across the nation.

And hats off to the MRP Team, led by Executive Director Kim Jorns, Sarah Prues Hecker, Tony Daunt, Megan Danielson, Stu Sandler and the rest of our staff for delivering one of the best logistical executions OU and CNBC have ever seen in their collective histories. Executives from CNBC told me that the debate was one of the best in terms of execution they have seen in the dozen years they have produced such events.

The “Your Money, Your Vote” debate showed the strength behind the Republican Party, its leaders and our principles—limiting government and protecting personal freedom. We have a major decision to make in 2012. Thankfully, our candidates are providing us with solid choices backed by solid ideas. Our Republican candidates continue to show the strength and true passion that will lead our country and its people back to the success and liberty this nation was built upon.


Bobby Schostak
Michigan Republican Party Chairman

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