Perry Surges to Top of Republican Field

Perry Surges to Top of Republican Field

By Caitlin Huey-Burns - August 24, 2011

Nearly two weeks after announcing his candidacy, Rick Perry has surged to the top of the Republican presidential field. He leads his rivals by double digits in a new national Gallup poll -- the first taken since the Texas governor entered the fray.

Perry sits in first place with 25 percent support among Republicans and GOP-leaning independents while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney comes in second with 14 percent. In a Gallup poll released last month, the pair were running virtually neck-and-neck.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has been flirting with a run, each attract 11 percent support. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has also been considering launching a second White House bid, garners 9 percent, edging out Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann at 7 percent. None of the remaining candidates polls above 4 percent.

Perry’s lead increases slightly in Palin and Giuliani’s absence. In that scenario, he tops Romney by 12 points, 29 percent to 17 percent. Paul takes 13 percent and Bachmann drops slightly to 10 percent.

The Texas governor also attracts the most conservative voters: 33 percent back him while 16 percent support Romney. Paul and Bachmann tie with 12 percent. Romney leads among liberals and moderates, though not by much. He attracts 21 percent compared to Perry’s 17 percent.

Perry also holds a double-digit lead in another national poll of the GOP race released today. According to a survey from Public Policy Polling (D), the governor attracts 27 percent support from Republicans while Romney takes 17 percent. Palin comes in third with 13 percent, and Bachmann finishes with 10 percent. Giuliani is not included in this poll.

Gallup interviewed 1,040 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents from Aug. 17-21. The poll holds a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

PPP (D) surveyed 663 usual Republican primary voters from Aug. 18-21. For this poll, the margin of error is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points. 

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

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