• Rick Perry Is the New King of the Republican Hill

    What do you call a candidate who doesn't believe in climate science or evolutionary theory, denied an innocent man a stay of execution and makes George W. Bush look like "the smart one"?

    How about "Republican frontrunner"?

    Primary polls can be erratic, so the rule is not to get too worked up about any one set of numbers. But now there have been five surveys conducted since Rick Perry announced his presidential campaign — one each from Gallup, Rasmussen Reports and Public Policy Polling, and two from YouGov. Each shows Mr. Perry having vaulted into a lead over Mitt Romney.

    On average, Mr. Perry gets 26 percent of the vote in the new surveys, as compared to 16 percent for Mr. Romney. By comparison, in polls conducted in the month prior to Mr. Perry's announcement, he averaged 14 percent to Mr. Romney's 21 percent.

    According to Gallup, Perry is showing broad appeal across multiple dimensions of GOP voters, from conservative Christians to southern conservatives to Christian southerners

    Perry is a strong contender among key Republican subgroups. Older Republicans and those living in the South show especially strong support for him, at or near 40%. Conservative Republicans strongly favor Perry over Romney, but liberal and moderate Republicans support the two about equally. Perry's support is also above average among religious Republicans.

    Jeeze! This all almost makes me feel bad for Mitt Romney who I'm sure, if he had the capacity to experience emotional angst, would be feeling pretty sad right now. I really hope he's been programmed to look at the positive side…

    "No preference" hasn't overtaken him yet.

    Though, we don't yet know where "No preference" stands on China's one-child policy.

    Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, Polls, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Perry


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