Polls: Romney Maintains Lead on Eve of Next Debate
Mitt Romney, Herman Cain and Texas Gov. Rick Perry comprise the top tier of the field of Republican presidential candidates before the next in a series of televised debates, according to two new polls of national GOP primary voters released Monday.
In each survey, Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, leads, followed by Cain and Perry, whose fortunes have reversed over the past two weeks, with the former Godfather's Pizza CEO climbing into second place and the Texas governor sinking from first to third.
In the first poll, conducted for the Washington Post and Bloomberg News, the co-sponsors of Tuesday's debate in Hanover, N.H., 24 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning adults say they prefer Romney for the GOP presidential nomination. Cain is preferred by 16 percent, while 13 percent prefer Perry. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is a distant fourth, with six percent.
Cain runs stronger in a new Gallup poll, trailing Romney by just two points, 20 percent to 18 percent. Perry is at 15 percent, with Paul at eight percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is at seven percent, with other candidates at five percent or less.
Perry has lost more than half his support since the previous Gallup survey in mid-September, when he led the field with 31 percent of the vote. Romney has also seen his share of the vote drop, from 24 percent last month to 20 percent now. Cain, on the other hand, has risen from five percent, to 18 percent.