Support for Rep. Michele Bachmann has more than doubled, and now she trails only Mitt Romney in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll.
Romney drew the support of 25 percent of those polled, followed by
Bachmann at 14 percent. The rest of the field: Sarah Palin, 12 percent; Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 10 percent; Herman Cain at 6 percent; Rep. Ron Paul, 5 percent; Newt Gingrich, 5 percent; Tim Pawlenty, 3 percent; Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman and Rep. Thaddeus McCotter all had 1 percent or less.
Romney's support remains unchanged from a June 8 Quinnipiac University poll. In that same poll, Bachmann had only 6 percent.
In the current poll, President Barack Obama beats all GOP presidential candidates in head-to-head matchups. He draws at least 50 percent of the vote against all but Romney, whom he outpolls 47 percent to 41 percent.
“The question about Rep. Bachmann is whether she is the flavor of the month, like Donald Trump was for a while, or does she have staying power?" said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
"Perhaps more than any of the other GOP contenders, Bachmann’s fortunes may depend on whether Palin or Perry get into the race. All three of them are likely to appeal to the GOP’s tea party constituency.”
Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,311 registered voters July 5-11, with a margin of error of +/- 2.0 percentage points.
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