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The More Voters Get to Know Rick Perry the Less They Like Him

Despite Rick Perry currently being down in recent polls, he should have the potential for a rebound.  On paper, Perry has a lot of things going for him. Unlike the current front runner, Herman Cain, Perry is an experienced campaigner, and he has a huge amount of campaign cash on hand. As a multi-term governor of a big state, he has the kind of resume that should be helpful for a winning presidential candidate.

Perry’s biggest problem, though, is that the more the Republican base gets to know about him, the less they seem to like him. As Perry’s name recognition has gone up, his positive intensity score has gone way down according to Gallup:

Trends in Recognition and Positive Intensity for Rick Perry

While Perry has all the usual ingredients for a rebound, it’s hard to believe he will be able to reverse this trend. Unless the Perry campaign has some incredibly effective ads planned, if the base isn’t excited about Perry now, I don’t see what will getting them excited in the next few months. Every one of Perry’s debate performances so far has been incredibly weak, and I doubt future debates are going to make him look much more appealing.

 

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The More Voters Get to Know Rick Perry the Less They Like Him

Increasingly scarce T-shirts: American for Rick Perry (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

Despite Rick Perry currently being down in recent polls, he should have the potential for a rebound. On paper, Perry has a lot of things going for him. Unlike the current front runner, Herman Cain, Perry is an experienced campaigner, and he has a huge amount of campaign cash on hand. As a multi-term governor of a big state, he has the kind of resume that should be helpful for a winning presidential candidate.

Perry’s biggest problem, though, is that the more the Republican base gets to know about him, the less they seem to like him. As Perry’s name recognition has gone up, his positive intensity score has gone way down according to Gallup:

Trends in Recognition and Positive Intensity for Rick Perry

While Perry has all the usual ingredients for a rebound, it’s hard to believe he will be able to reverse this trend. Unless the Perry campaign has some incredibly effective ads planned, if the base isn’t excited about Perry now, I don’t see what will getting them excited in the next few months. Every one of Perry’s debate performances so far has been incredibly weak, and I doubt future debates are going to make him look much more appealing.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com

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