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Poll: Cain 30%, Romney 23%, Gingrich 10%


A new Quinnipiac poll has the GOP presidential race looking like this:

1. Herman Cain 30%

2. Mitt Romney 23%

3. Newt Gingrich 10%

4. Rick Perry 8%

5. Ron Paul 7%

6. Michele Bachmann 4%

7. Jon Huntsman 2%

8. Rick Santorum 1%

The poll also finds a sizable 16% undecided.  It was conducted among registered voters from October 25 – 31, so it would have caught only the leading edge of whatever effect the Cain sexual harassment media hit job will have. 

This continues a strong surge for Cain in the Quinnipiac poll, which had the race as Romney 22, Cain 17, Perry 14 at the beginning of October.  They’ve also tracked a slow but steady march upward for Gingrich, and the same Rick Perry waterslide that every other poll shows.  Romney remains frozen in the 20-25% range while everyone else bounces around him.

Quinnipiac also shows President Obama’s approval rating ticking up to 47/49 approve / disapprove, up from 41/55 last month:


“President Barack Obama seems to be improving in voters’ eyes almost across-the-board,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “He scores big gains among the groups with whom he has had the most problems – whites and men. Women also shift from a five-point negative to a four-point positive. 

“Whether this is a blip, perhaps because of the death of Moammar Gadhafi and the slight improvement in some of the economic numbers, or the beginning of a sustained upward move in his popularity isn’t clear and won’t be for some time. Nevertheless, the movement allows the White House a sigh of relief, for the president’s approval had been stuck in the low 40s for some time and even a temporary upward move is good news for the folks at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.” 


Specifically, Qunnipiac sees the President going from 60/36 to 55/43 among men, and 62/34 to 56/40 among white voters.  He beats all of the Republican challengers in head-to-head matchups, from 47-42 over Romney to 50-40 over Cain and 52-37 over Gingrich.


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John Hayward began his blogging career as a guest writer at Hot Air under the pen name "Doctor Zero," producing a collection of essays entitled Doctor Zero: Year One. He is a great admirer of free-market thinkers such as Arthur Laffer, Milton Friedman, and Thomas Sowell. He writes both political and cultural commentary, including book and movie reviews. An avid fan of horror and fantasy fiction, he has produced an e-book collection of short horror stories entitled Persistent Dread. John is a former staff writer for Human Events. He is a regular guest on the Rusty Humphries radio show, and has appeared on numerous other local and national radio programs, including G. Gordon Liddy, BattleLine, and Dennis Miller.

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