New national poll numbers from Public Policy Polling (D) on the GOP primary dropped Wednesday, and they confirmed the huge momentum that businessman Herman Cain has had for more than a week: Cain leads the GOP field with 30 percent of primary voters and former Mass Gov. Mitt Romney is in second at 22 percent.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has passed Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has fallen badly in national polling. Gingrich is third in the PPP survey with 15 percent, and Perry drops to 14. Perry also gets crushed in direct matchups within the Republican primary, as PPP noted: “If the race beyond the early states came down to two candidates, Romney would have a modest 48-38 lead over Perry, and Cain a 48-36 one over Romney, but Cain would crush Perry, 55-27.”
“Cain’s the flavor of the week but with 70% of Republican voters either undecided or willing to change their minds this race is as wide open as it’s ever been,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling in a release.