Zogby Poll: Cain Up 20% on GOP Field, Tops Obama
Businessman and author Herman Cain has opened a 20-point lead over the rest of the Republican field and he would be the only GOP candidate to defeat President Obama if the election were held today, according to the latest IBOPE Zogby interactive poll.
The numbers offer a vastly different snapshot from other polls released this week.
A poll by ABC puts Romney ahead of Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Cain, while CBS has Romney in a tie with Cain. A Quinnipiac poll placed Romney at 22 percent, followed by Cain and Perry. Others in the field were in single digits.
“Cain’s share of the GOP primary has jumped 10 percentage points since Sept. 26 and is now at 38 percent,” a release from Zogby stated for its online survey of likely Republican voters taken between Oct. 3-5.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney stood in second at 18 percent. Texas Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, each had 12 percent.
The poll also asked about individual match-ups between Obama and three of the four atop the poll.
Cain scored 2 percentage points ahead of Obama, while Romney was down 1 point and Perry 5 to the president.
The president's disapproval rating grew from 57 percent to 59 percent, while his approval rating dipped from 42 percent to 41 percent, between Sept. 26 and the October survey.