Perry polling third in Texas among GOP presidential field
A new poll shows no break for Gov. Perry, even at home. A Public Policy Polling survey shows Perry in third in Texas for the GOP presidential nomination. He is behind Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.
A previous PPP poll in September showed Perry winning Texas, beating Romney by close to 40 points. Now, Perry is in third with 18 percent. Romney is at 24 percent and Gingrich has 23 percent.
Rick Santorum beats Ron Paul in Paul's home state, 15 percent to 12 percent, putting Santorum in fourth. However, in a head-to-head poll Santorum is the only candidate who beats Romney in Texas. Romney beats Perry head-to-head but just barely, 46 to 45 percent if the April 3 primary had only their two names on it. In PPP's September poll, a head-to-head match up between Romney and Perry showed Perry winning 72-18.
The same poll shows Texans feel Perry is hurting the state's overall image, with 39 percent saying Perry's run for their party's nomination has created negative perceptions of the state. Only 13 percent say Perry's run has been positive.