Washington: Texas Governor Rick Perry is
leading the Republican presidential aspirants within weeks of joining the race, a latest opinion poll has revealed.
The CNN/ORC poll released yesterday, indicates that 27
per cent of Republicans nationwide support Perry for their
party`s nomination, with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt
Romney, who`s making his second bid for the White House, at 14
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin follows at ten per
cent, with Congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and
former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani at nine per cent, and
former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Congressman Ron Paul of
Texas, who`s making his third bid for the presidency, at six
"Perry`s support is higher among Republican men, at 32
percent, than Republican women, at 23 per cent, but he has
more support among either group than any other candidate,"
said CNN Polling director Keating Holland.
This is further proof that the Texas Governor`s entrance
earlier this month into the race for the White House has
dramatically altered the battle for the Republican
presidential nomination, CNN said.
"Governor Perry is dynamic leader. After meeting with
him, I got the impression that he would change the direction
of the country where the country is heading now," said eminent
Indian-American Republican leader Dr Sampat Shivangi.
Dr Shivangi was in Austin, Texas over the weekend where
he had meetings with his key staff and dinner with Perry.
"He vowed to undo the Obama Care as his first Executive
order when and if he takes office of the Presidency during his
dinner speech," Shivangi said after the meeting wherein he
said he had a detailed meeting with the Texas Governor.
"I believe his capabilities and what he has done to
Texas and bring better days for to the country in fields of
economy and job creation," Shivangi said.
CNN said according to the survey, Perry supporters tend
to be older and have higher incomes, but the longtime Texas
governor also tops the list, albeit by smaller margins, among
lower-income Republicans and those under 50 years old.
"Perry`s biggest support comes from Republicans who say
they are supporters of the tea party movement - he wins 37
percent of their vote - but he also edges Romney by a couple
of points among Republicans who don`t call themselves tea
party supporters," Holland said.