Will we see a Perry/Cain ticket in 2012? It’s possible, according to these numbers from a just-released Gallup poll that puts Herman Cain in the lead for “positive intensity,” Gallup’s way of says how excited people are about a specific candidate. Cain gets a score of 27, putting him in the number one sot, and Perry gets a score of 25, for second-best.
Of course, a Perry/Cain ticket would ignore foreign relations issues, as neither candidate has any experience there, but it sure would shore up the Tea Party Republican fringe!
“Herman Cain and Rick Perry continue to generate strongly favorable impressions among Republicans familiar with them,” Gallup writes today. “Meanwhile, those familiar with Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, and Ron Paul express less intensely positive opinions of those candidates now than at any point this year. The result is a clear separation of 12 percentage points between the top and middle tiers of Republican presidential candidates in Gallup’s Positive Intensity Score from Aug. 15-28 Gallup Daily tracking. The average Positive Intensity Scores show much smaller gaps between the current top- and middle-tier candidates.”
“Perry, Romney, Paul, and Bachmann rank as the top four candidates in Gallup’s latest GOP nomination preference poll, conducted Aug. 17-21. However, these four candidates’ positive intensity trends have diverged in recent weeks, with Perry holding steady or improving but Romney, Bachmann, and Paul generally declining. This is the case even after Bachmann and Paul had the strongest performances in the recent Iowa Straw Poll, though the event was perhaps overshadowed by Perry’s long-rumored official entry into the race that same weekend.”
“Perry has maintained a strongly positive image as he has become much better known among Republicans nationwide. Three weeks ago, 54% of Republicans recognized his name; now, 75% do. That has raised his recognition to an above-average level for the first time.”
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