Texas Governor Rick Perry, the newest contender in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has taken the lead quickly and impressively. Perry jumped to a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann, while other candidates trail far behind.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary voters, taken Monday night, shows Perry with 29% support. Former Massachusetts governor Romney gets 18% of the vote, while Minnesota congresswoman Bachmann has 13%.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul enjoys the support of 9% of Likely Primary Voters. He is trailed by Georgia businessman Herman Cain at 6% and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 5%.
Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, and ex-Utah Governor Jon Huntsman each get one percent support, and Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter comes in statistically at zero, according to the poll.
Sixteen percent of primary voters remain undecided.
Rasmussen Reports said that the poll "marks a significant jump in support for Perry, who officially entered the race on Saturday although his candidacy had been rumored for weeks. Just over two weeks ago, a survey of likely primary voters found Romney with 22% support, closely followed by Perry at 18% and Bachman with 16% of the vote."
“Governor Perry is enjoying a bounce from entering the race at precisely the right time”, said Scott Rasmussen. “Now the difficult part begins for the new frontrunner. It’s much easier winning support when people are hoping you will get in the race, than retaining support when you are the frontrunner.”
Perry captures 39% of the vote among GOP primary voters who say they are members of the Tea Party, with Bachmann a distant second with 21% support from this group.
A "generic Republican" continues to lead President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 election matchup.