Romney Sports Big Lead in Virginia Poll

Monday, 17 Oct 2011 04:52 PM

By Newsmax Wires

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney may be struggling to break free from the pack in some national polls. But he’s doing just fine in a new Christopher Newport University/Richmond Times-Dispatch poll of likely GOP primary voters in Virginia.

The former Massachusetts governor leads the way in that survey, with 43.8 percent support, followed by businessman Herman Cain with 11.7 percent, Texas Gov. Rick Perry with 10.2 percent, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul with 6.1 percent.

Those results conflict with a Quinnipiac University poll released last week showing Romney and Cain tied with 21 percent support. The difference stems from the fact that the Christopher Newport University poll asked respondents their nomination preferences instead of whom they would vote for today, says Quentin Kidd, a political scientist at the university who designed the poll.

"I'm not tapping into who they say they're going to vote for today, I'm tapping into who they would most like to see nominated," he said, suggesting that respondents see Romney as the candidate with the best chance of taking down President Barack Obama.

Part of Cain's popularity in other polls might stem from respondents’ seeing him as a protest choice in a field they find unattractive, Kidd speculated.

Obama doesn’t fare well in the poll. He trails a generic Republican 46.2 percent to 39.8 percent.

Romney leads Obama in a head-to-head match-up 45.8 percent to 42.3 percent. And Perry leads Obama by a statistically insignificant margin of 43 percent to 42.7 percent.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Politico: Obama May Give Dems 80 Percent of 2016 Latino Vote

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 19:18 PM

President Barack Obama may be on track to helping deliver as much as 80 percent of Latino voters to the 2016 Democratic  . . .

Obama Appointee's Group Accused of Illegal Politicking

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 19:09 PM

A nonprofit group run by an Obama administration appointee may have supported Democratic mayoral candidates in Californi . . .

Sens. Rand Paul, Marco Rubio Clash Over Obama's Cuba Policy

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 15:23 PM

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul took a series of online digs Friday at potential GOP presidential rival Sen. Marco Rubio of Flor . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved