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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