Poll: Perry Seen as Electable

Via CNN:  New CNN Poll: Perry on top when it comes to electability

Perry’s biggest strength may be the electability factor, with 42 percent saying he has the best chance of beating Obama next year. Some 26 percent say Romney has the best chance of defeating the president.

In terms of the horse race numbers:

The survey, released Monday morning, indicates that 30 percent of Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP support Perry for their party’s nomination, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 18 percent.

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  1. john personna says:

    It is important to emphasize that this is a poll within the Republican party, and reflects their expectations of electability outside their own set.


    “Perry’s support comes mostly from Republicans who support the tea party movement, although he has a statistically insignificant edge among non-tea party Republicans as well,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

    So … Teas expect the country to vote with them.

  2. Polaris says:

    @john personna: Why not? The country more or less voted with the Tea Party in 2010 and the earliest indications from PEW (who tracks such things) is that the 2012 electorate looks to be similiar.


  3. john personna says:


    That was the peak, remember it well.