Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Zogby’s Cain bests CNN’s Perry (Rasmussen UPDATE!)

Polls schmolls…I’ve said it. Sometimes they seem to be all over the place. To be honest, I was suspect of the presidential polls yesterday, when CNN assured us that Perry was still on top (28%) with Romney trailing closer (21%) and Cain barely on the radar (7%) after his stellar debate performance and proceeding upset in the FL straw poll. Well, we get a bit of a different story from the latest Zogby poll that began to trickle out last night. Newsmax reports, “Texas Gov. Rick Perry has tumbled among GOP primary voters and now trails business executive Herman Cain in the race for the nomination, according to the latest IBOPE Zogby Poll.” Human Events alludes to further details:

A new Zogby poll puts Herman Cain at the top of the Republican field, as the top choice of 28% of poll respondents…Interestingly, this poll was conducted after the Orlando GOP debate, but before Cain won the Florida straw poll. It’s a huge surge for Cain, who was polling at 12% just two weeks previously, and was floating at a campaign low of 8% two weeks before that. Aside from that bitter 8% number, Cain has generally done quite well in the Zogby poll, usually good enough for second or third place. On the other hand, Rick Perry’s numbers in the Zogby poll have cratered, falling 19% in just two weeks. His debut last month was also his high-water mark thus far, when Zogby had him at 41%.

This is a bit more indicative of the sentiment that seemed to resonate out of Florida and onto the national landscape over the weekend, as opposed to the results that CNN churned out. At any rate, they are polls and the results could change on a dime; however, two polls in a row raising Cain to the head of the pack could be an indication of something larger…we’ll just have to wait and see. I can’t deny, though, that I do receive an adequate amount of glee when reflecting on Rush’s congratulatory remarks to Herman Cain and his 9-9-9 plan winning the FL straw poll: “Folks, do you realize, I mean Herman Cain won big, and think about this. We could be on the brink of an historic election. Think about this. Let's say that Herman Cain goes all the way, wins the Republican presidential nomination…Herman Cain could be our first authentically black president. Stop and think about that.”  Right on, right on...

UPDATE: While not confirming frontrunner status, Rasmussen says Cain is that close...to defeating Obama, that is! With all the detraction from results of Monday's Zogby poll, suggested by many in the beltway, along with supporters of either of the perceived frontrunners, throughout yesterday, rather than rebut, I'd just point to the latest Rasmussen poll showing Cain closing in on our current occupant in the White House.

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