Bad news for Perry on eve of crucial debate
Mon October 10, 2011 11:34 pm

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.

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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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