Romney Leads National Poll, but Perry Debuts in Second Place

Romney Leads National Poll, but Perry Debuts in Second Place

By Caitlin Huey-Burns - June 30, 2011

Mitt Romney is leading the presidential field in yet another national poll, but the former Massachusetts governor has lost some ground with the emergence of Rick Perry on the survey's ballot.

In a Fox News poll conducted jointly by Republican and Democratic research firms this week, Perry received 13 percent support from Republican primary voters. He placed second to Romney's 18 percent. In the same poll taken earlier this month, without Perry as an option, Romney received 23 percent backing. The Texas governor hasn't announced whether he will seek the GOP nomination, though speculation is mounting. Perry has signed on to speak at events in key early voting states of South Carolina and New Hampshire and his supporters have been scoping out the political climate in the Granite State.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who launched her campaign on Monday, picked up seven points since the beginning of June, coming in third with 11 percent support. Asked about a "second choice" candidate, 17 percent chose Bachmann while 18 percent picked Romney.

Two other contenders who haven't announced a White House bid edged out those who have. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani received 10 percent support, down three points since the previous poll, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin received 8 percent, down four points since early June. Texas Rep. Ron Paul received 7 percent, up two points, and businessman Herman Cain 5 percent, down two points. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman tied with 3 percent while former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum received 2 percent, just ahead of former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson at 1 percent. Six percent of respondents say it's too soon to choose a candidate while 4 percent were undecided.

In Palin's absence, Romney gains 2 percent while Perry and Bachmann gain 1 percent. In a race without Giuliani, Romney gains 4 percent, Perry 1 percent and Bachmann 2 percent, and Palin 1 percent.

The poll was conducted June 26-28 for Fox News by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). The sample of 912 registered voters included 324 GOP primary voters. The margin of error for the registered voter sample was plus or minus 3 percent, and plus or minus 5.5 percent for the Republican sample.


Caitlin Huey-Burns is a congressional reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @CHueyBurnsRCP.

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