Cain takes over first place in latest Zogby poll

Herman Cain moved into first place in the latest Zogby poll with the support of 19% of the likely Republican voters surveyed.  Chris Christie, who has repeatedly said that he’s not running, slipped from first to second place with 16%.  Rounding out the top five were Mitt Romney, 11%; Ron Paul, 9%; and Sarah Palin, 6%.  Support for Cain increased from 14% in the previous poll, taken two weeks ago.  The survey was taken May 20 – 23, and reflects the decisions not to run of Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump.

The poll provided more bad news for Newt Gingrich.  Gingrich garnered only 3% support, falling behind Bachmann (5%) and Pawlenty (4%) and tied for eighth place with Rick Santorum. He was in 5th place at 7% in the previous poll.  In addition, Gingrich had the highest negative rating with 17% of likely Republican voters saying that they “would never vote for” him.  He also did worse in the head-to-head match-up with Obama among all of the likely voters surveyed, losing 48% to 30%.

The good news for Republicans was that among all voters surveyed, only 42% thought Obama “deserves to be re-elected” while 52% thought we “need someone new”.  Christie did the best against Obama polling in a statistical dead-heat (Obama,45%-Christie, 44%).  Romney and Pawlenty were tied for second place in the head-to-head match-ups with Obama.