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Rick Perry’s National Poll Numbers Collapse

Well that was quick. Texas Governor Rick Perry’s national poll numbers have plummeted to almost half of what they were only a few weeks ago, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. Perry is now tied for second with Herman Cain and is well behind front runner Mitt Romney. From the Washington Post:

Among announced candidates — without Christie or Palin in the race — Romney leads with 25 percent, which is identical to his support from a month ago. Perry and Cain are tied for second with 16 percent, numbers representing a 13-point drop for Perry and a 12-point rise for Cain since early September.

Rick Perry entered the GOP primary just two months ago and quickly grabbed a big lead in all the national polls.  But missteps quickly caused Perry to lose his front runner status.

A bad debate performance, support for providing in-state tuition to children of illegal immigrants, and Perry’s decision to grab the third rail of American politics by attacking Social Security likely all played a role in Perry’s recent drop.

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Rick Perry’s National Poll Numbers Collapse

Rick Perry not smiling today (photo by Gage Skidmore}

Well that was quick. Texas Governor Rick Perry’s national poll numbers have plummeted to almost half of what they were only a few weeks ago, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. Perry is now tied for second with Herman Cain and is well behind front runner Mitt Romney. From the Washington Post:

Among announced candidates — without Christie or Palin in the race — Romney leads with 25 percent, which is identical to his support from a month ago. Perry and Cain are tied for second with 16 percent, numbers representing a 13-point drop for Perry and a 12-point rise for Cain since early September.

Rick Perry entered the GOP primary just two months ago and quickly grabbed a big lead in all the national polls.  But missteps quickly caused Perry to lose his front runner status.

A bad debate performance, support for providing in-state tuition to children of illegal immigrants, and Perry’s decision to grab the third rail of American politics by attacking Social Security likely all played a role in Perry’s recent drop.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is now living in the Washington DC area. He created a politics and policy blog, The Walker Report (http://jwalkerreport.blogspot.com/).

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