• Rick Perry Still More Popular Than Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman

    A new poll out from Rasmussen Reports has got to be jangling some nerves over at Rick Perry HQ

    A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Iowa caucus-goers shows that Cain is in front with 28% followed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at 21%.

    Congressman Ron Paul is a distant third at 10% followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 9%, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann at 8%, and Texas Governor Rick Perry at 7%. The sixth place finish for Perry is a sharp decline from early September when Perry was the frontrunner both nationally and in Iowa.

    Okay, so, on its face, this poll is not fantastic news for Perry. But it's really all in how you read it. For example, look at these results…

    Former Senator Rick Santorum picks up 4% of the vote and former Governor Jon Huntsman is at 2%. Another 4% would prefer some other candidate and 8% are not sure.

    Well, that's something, right? Right? I mean, Rick Santorum has huge name recognition on Google, and Perry's ahead of him by a full… three points. And, hey, he's beating Huntsman by five. Which is… encouraging… in… a way.

    Hey, on a totally different note, does anyone know if a suicide watch has called in for the Perry campaign people?

    Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Herman Cain, Iowa, Mitt Romney, Polls, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum

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