Bad news for Perry on eve of crucial debate

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It’s a Washington Post-Bloomberg News poll, which I originally posted yesterday. The poll sampled 1,000 and had a separate sample of 391 Republican or Republican-leaning independents. I have picked out a couple of questions that piqued my interest. In my original post of this item, columns did not square up and the results were hard to read. Hopefully, this is a more user-friendly version. –Of the following possible Republican candidates for president, which one do you think would do the most to improve the economy? All Adults Mitt Romney 17 Herman Cain 10 Rick Perry 7 Ron Paul 7 Newt Gingrich 4 Michele Bachmann 4 Jon Huntsman 2 Rick Santorum 1 None of these 16 Leaned GOP Romney 22 Cain 20 Perry 12 Paul 8 Gingrich 4 Bachman 4 Santorum 1 Huntsman 0 Perry ran a poor third on an issue that is supposed to be his bread and butter. However, because of the small sample of independents, Perry and Cain are statistically tied for second. –Of the following possible Republican candidates for president, which one do you think would do the most damage to the economy? All adults Michele Bachmann 15 Rick Perry 12 Ron Paul 7 Newt Gingrich 6 Mitt Romney 5 Jon Huntsman 2 Herman Cain 2 Rick Santorum 2 None of these 5 Other 3 No opinion 42 Leans GOP Bachmann 14 Perry 9 Ron Paul 11 Gingrich 5 Romney 7 Huntsman 3 Cain 2 Santorum 1 No Opinion 43 The “all adults” category is a bad result for Perry, the GOP-leaning group was better for him, as might be expected. I don’t see the point of having an all-adults poll when the political calendar is still far removed from the first primaries. That is basically a general election poll. * * * * By the end of tonight’s Washington Post-Bloomberg debate, we will have a good reading on Perry’s fate. I believe Perry is positioned to do very well in this debate. I expect him to go after Romney with both barrels blazing, and Obama as well. But if he has more stumbles, he will be hard-pressed to recover.

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