Herman Cain Now Second to Christie As Top Choice Of GOP Primary Voters

May 12, 2011

Zogby International

UTICA, NY – Herman Cain trails only Chris Christie as the top choice among Republican primary voters in the race for the 2012 Presidential nomination. Mitt Romney ranks fourth, but voters see him as the most likely nominee by a wide margin over the rest of a 13-person field.

One-half of GOP voters say they would never vote for Donald Trump, and more than 30% say they would never vote for Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee or Ron Paul.

These results are from an IBOPE Zogby interactive poll of 1,377 Republican primary voters conducted from May 6-9.

Cain, a businessman and talk show host, seems to have impressed some Republican voters with his performance at last week’s South Carolina Republican presidential debate. He receives 14% when GOP voters are asked whom they would vote for if the primary were held today. That places him second to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has said he will not run, but has been the frontrunner in three previous IBOPE Zogby interactive polls (November 2010 and January and March 2011.)


If the Republican primary for President were held today, for whom would you vote?

CandidateGOP Voters
Chris Christie17%
Herman Cain14%
Ron Paul10%
Mitt Romney9%
Newt Gingrich7%
Sarah Palin4%
Tim Pawlenty4%
Mike Huckabee4%
Donald Trump4%
Mitch Daniels4%
Michele Bachman2%
Rick Santorum2%
Gary Johnson1%
None of these9%
Not sure9%

Totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding

When asked who they thought would get the nomination, 31% of GOP voters say Romney.  Tim Pawlenty is next at 8%, and 37% are not sure.


Which of the following candidates would you never vote for?

CandidateGOP Voters
Donald Trump50%
Newt Gingrich36%
Sarah Palin36%
Mike Huckabee34%
Ron Paul32%
Mitt Romney27%
Michele Bachman27%
Gary Johnson26%
Rick Santorum25%
Herman Cain17%
Tim Pawlenty16%
Mitch Daniels14%
Chris Christie13%
None of these12%
Not sure10%

IBOPE Zogby International conducted an online survey of 1,377 likely Republican primary voters.  A sampling of IBOPE Zogby International’s online panel, which is representative of the adult population of the U.S., was invited to participate.  Slight weights were added to party, age, race, religion, and gender to more accurately reflect the population.  The margin of error is +/- 2.7 percentage points.


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