Quinnipiac: 'Meteoric' Cain Leads Ohio Race

Wednesday, 26 Oct 2011 09:34 AM

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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has taken the lead in Ohio in what a Quinnipiac University polling official describes as a “meteoric” rise. The former head of Godfather’s Pizza now leads former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 28 percent to 23 percent among GOP voters, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

Support for Texas Gov. Rick Perry has plunged from 20 percent to 4 percent, the poll found. In third place is Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, at 8 percent; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 7; Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota at 4 each; former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman at 2; and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at 1.

Herman Cain, Ohio, Republican, Romney“Herman Cain’s rise has been meteoric. He has increased his share of the vote among Ohio Republicans four times since Quinnipiac University’s Sept. 28 survey, in which he registered 7 percent,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Gov. Mitt Romney hasn’t moved, and Rick Perry has fallen off a cliff, down to 4 percent from 20 percent.”

In a three-candidate matchup, Cain leads with 40 percent, followed by Romney at 33 percent, and Perry, at 10 percent.

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President Barack Obama’s poll numbers in Ohio continue to be poor, with Ohioans disapproving of his handling of his job 51 to 43 percent. In addition, those polled do not believe he deserves a second term by a margin of 49 to 44 percent.

However, Obama continues to poll ahead of his Republican challengers. He leads Cain by a margin of 47 to 39 percent; Romney, 45 to 41; and Perry, 47 to 36.

“Ohio voters are not happy with the president’s performance and don’t think he deserves a second term. But elections are about choices,” Brown said. “At this point, none of the Republicans are able to take advantage of these presidential negatives. The next year will determine if the GOP is able to nominate a candidate who can do so.”

The poll was conducted from Oct. 17 to 23, with Quinnipiac University surveying 1,668 registered voters. The sample for the Republican primary surveyed 542 voters.

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