Fox News: Rick Perry Starts Strong, Bachmann Coming On

Mitt Romney still leads the pack -- but field is chipping away
By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 30, 2011 10:40 AM

Rick Perry

Gov. Rick Perry

A poll released by Fox News Thursday reveals that if Gov. Rick Perry of Texas runs for the Republican presidential nomination, he will start as one of the favorites in the crowded field and that U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is continuing to build momentum.

The poll -- taken by Democratic firm Anderson Robbins Research  and Republican group Shaw & Company Research -- shows former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts topping the poll with 18 percent and Perry in second with 13 percent.

Bachmann continues to do well in recent polls, taking third place with 11 percent. Two candidates who have yet to enter the race followed, with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in fourth with 10 percent and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in fifth with 8 percent. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas stands in sixth place with 7 percent followed by businessman Herman Cain garnering 5 percent.

Three candidates -- former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia, former Gov. Jon Huntsman of Utah and former Gov. Tim Pawelenty of Minnesota -- are knotted up in eighth place with 3 percent apiece. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania took 2 percent while former Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico garnered 1 percent. A host of other candidates -- former Gov. Buddy Roemer of Louisiana, activist Fred Karger, U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter of Michigan and former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore of Alabama -- took less than 1 percent.

When the new survey is compared to  Fox News poll taken earlier in the month, a very trends are clear. Romney topped that poll too with 23 percent with Giuliani in second with 13 percent and Palin in third with 12 percent. Perry was not even included in the previous poll and Bachmann, who formally launched her bid in June and had an impressive performance in a debate with the other candidates in New Hampshire, stood at only 4 percent.

When Palin is taken out of the mix, Romney’s lead over Perry expanded. With Palin out, Romney took 20 percent followed by Perry with 14 percent, Bachmann with 12 percent and Giuliani with 11 percent. The rest of the field remained in single digits with the same numbers they garnered when Palin was included.

With Giuliani out of the equation, Romney did even better. In that scenario, Romney took 22 percent followed by Perry with 14 percent and Bachmann with 13 percent. Palin garnered 9 percent followed by Paul with 7 percent, Cain with 5 percent and Gingrich moving up to 4 percent. Santorum moved up to 3 percent, tying him with Pawlenty and Huntsman. Moore moved up to 1 percent, tying him with Johnson. Karger, McCotter and Roemer took less than 1 percent.

The survey of 324 likely Republican primary voters, part of a total poll of 912 registered voters, was taken from June 26 through June 28 and had a margin of error of +/- 5.5 percent.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com or at (850) 727-0859.

Comments (2)

Project Texas
2:19PM JUN 30TH 2011
Rick Perry's track record as Texas Governor proves why he would be a terrible president. Check it out at www.perryforpresidentfml.com
Project Texas
2:18PM JUN 30TH 2011
Rick Perry's track record as Texas Governor proves why he would be a terrible president. Check it out at www.perryforpresidentfml.com

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