Perry Pulls 22/63 Favorability Poll - Now Lower Than Ron Paul
Fund Raising Said To Be “Drying Up”
By Dell Hill
the likely voters have seen and heard enough of Texas Governor Rick
Perry. The last Rasmussen poll of likely voters left Perry with a
dismal 25% favorable and 61% with an unfavorable rating for the
Republican presidential candidate after successive poor showings in
televised debates. Among those who identified themselves as
Independents, the numbers are slightly worse - 22/63.
AllahPundit at Hot Air takes a closer look.
“Nice big sample of 1,000 likely voters.
To put this in perspective, Palin’s favorable numbers have been cited
for the past two years as proof that she couldn’t get elected — and
Perry’s numbers here are worse than hers were in nearly every poll
that’s ever been taken on her. Among independents (whom Rasmussen polls
as “others” when asking about party), he’s at 22/63. I’m mystified.
He’s been dreadful in the debates and he messed up badly with his crack
about the heartlessness of denying in-state tuition to illegals, but
he’s a likable enough guy. Even Ron Paul manages 35/50 in this poll and
he has tons of detractors in the mainstream of both parties. And the
worst part for Perry is that Ras’s poll was taken on Wednesday and
Thursday of this week, after a full day of the brain fart heard ’round
the world airing nonstop on cable news. If there was going to be a
sympathy bump for him, we’d be seeing it here. Instead, the guy’s
radioactive. What happened?”
Two words - The Debates.
is obviously not a strong debate specialist and it would seem
reasonable to conclude that he went from strong contender to suspect
contender after stumbling out of the blocks on the televised debates.
His supporters urged everyone to discount his debate flaws and look at
what he’s done for the State of Texas over the past decade. Fair
enough. They did so, but when the stumble became a bumble - when he
couldn’t remember the third federal agency he’d close down - that was
undoubtedly the last straw, especially for the Independents polled.
also has it that Perry’s fund raising has slowed dramatically. He’s
made a major ad buy for this week in hopes of revitalizing his campaign,
but with polling numbers like this it will be extremely difficult from
here on out.