CNN Poll: Cain Most Likeable, But Romney Favored for Electability
Mitt Romney and Herman Cain are in a virtual tie atop the latest CNN/ORC International poll of the Republican presidential primary, and new data released Tuesday indicate the Cain boomlet is being fueled by the former Godfather's Pizza CEO's likeability and economic bona fides.
Cain, however, trails Mitt Romney on electability, and despite Romney's near-stagnant poll numbers, a majority of Republicans think the former Massachusetts governor is the most likely candidate to win the nomination.
Asked which candidate is most likely to win the GOP nomination, 51 percent of Republicans choose Romney, while 18 percent select Cain and 14 percent pick Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Last month, 41 percent saw Perry as the most likely Republican nominee, while 28 percent chose Perry and just five percent said Cain was the most likely to win the nomination.
Romney is also seen as having the best chance to beat President Obama in the general election, leading Cain on that question, 41 percent to 24 percent. Twelve percent think Perry has the best chance to beat Obama.
But on other questions, Cain leads, revealing the extent to which he has made inroads within the Republican primary electorate -- and the work Romney still needs to do to seal the nomination. Asked which candidate they think is the most likeable, 34 percent choose Cain, while 29 percent choose Romney. Just five weeks ago, only four percent thought Cain was the most likeable.