Channel 2/InsiderAdvantage poll: Herman Cain ties for second in fluid GOP contest

The hoopla surrounding Herman Cain’s entry into the Republican presidential race has pushed him into a virtual three-way tie for second place, according to a new national poll conducted by InsiderAdvantage for Channel 2 Action News.

The automated poll of 770 likely Republican voters has a margin of error of plus/minus 3.5 percentage points – and shows the damage done to Newt Gingrich as a result of his poor start:

– Mitt Romney, 16.2%;

– Michele Bachmann, 11.8%;

– Sarah Palin, 11%;

– Herman Cain, 10.9%;

– Tim Pawlenty, 7.4%;

– Newt Gingrich, 6.4%;

– Ron Paul, 5%;

– Other, 5.3%;

– Undecided, 25.5%.

Crosstabs were not immediately available, but the Channel 2 report includes this:

The poll showed Romney with an edge among women voters, but Bachmann received the highest percentage of votes from men.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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68 comments Add your comment


May 24th, 2011
5:05 pm

This is fun to speculate on but it’s academic since we’re now advised that the earth is scheduled to go up in a ball of flame on October 21, 2011. The rapture preacher is sure he got the math right this time. In the meantime he’d appreciate some more donations.

keep the mo goin

May 24th, 2011
5:07 pm

If Herman can follow his head instead of this heart, he could be our next president. Pawlenty just raised the bar for the strait talkers. Herman can hang with him IF he leaves the social conservatism out of it. That agenda doesn’t have any place in politics.


May 24th, 2011
5:26 pm

Um, reevaluate your numbers because Mr. Undecided is presently winning. President Undecided, I like the sound of that!


May 24th, 2011
5:26 pm

Palin has votes this shows how many retards are on the right

south ga. possum

May 24th, 2011
5:35 pm

Remember Georgia’s governors race? Remeber those good polls? Bachmann’s not even in the race and polled ll.8%. Newt G. is about where Nathan Deal was at this point in the race for governor of Georgia. Can we conclude Newt will be our next president. Love these polls from peorple and orginizations that don’t have a clue to what’s going on.

tres amigos

May 24th, 2011
5:37 pm

this group gives new meaning to the phrase, “confederacy of dunces”….


May 24th, 2011
5:39 pm

Jim I am an independent, so lets rap a bit homey…. Newt Jim? Purdue, Miller AND Deal Jimmy come on babe! Yeah yeah i know this is about Cain Go Hermagator Go!! Why do they think Newt is electable? What positions did he offer them in his imaginary cabinet? Damn… Just damn damn damn


May 24th, 2011
6:02 pm

Wonder if our GA Pols Gov. Deal, Zig-Zag Miller, Isaakson, Chambliss, Gingrey et al are sticking by “Stinkrich” since his melt-down this past week?


May 24th, 2011
6:05 pm

Ron Paul had me at “Hello.”

Then he lost me at “It’s the state’s job to legislate your personal medical decisions, lady.”

But it was SWEEEEEET while it lasted!


May 24th, 2011
6:17 pm



May 24th, 2011
6:17 pm

RUN HERMAN RUN – Any man that can beat stage IV colon cancer is a STRONG man. I know I had my 35th chemo treatement for the same disease yesterday.


May 24th, 2011
6:27 pm

Some leftist/statist bloggers’ entire contribution to bloggerdom is to label their opponents “retarded”.

If you had a child who was mentally challenged and you saw the use of this word to describe people with whom you had a disagreement, you’d probably want to choke the life out of that person with your bear hands.

If you disagree with a politician’s policies, just express that disagreement.

If you want:

Higher Taxes
More Debt
Less National Security
More Unemployment and
A Morally Degraded Society,

then just express that by saying “I intend on voting for all Democrats in the next election”.

Alabama Communist

May 24th, 2011
6:28 pm

No doubt Matt’s little Poll among Republicans show that most don’t have a clue to what is happening in America much less Georgia today………

Get a clue on foreign policy

May 24th, 2011
6:34 pm

Herman Cain did not even know that Israel is vehemently opposed to the Palestinians right to return. He even thought they “didn’t mind it”

This automatically disqualifies him in my mind, the fact that he does not even have the most basic understanding of middle east foreign policy.

“We love death. Americans love life. Thats the difference between us”
-Osama Bin Ladin (deceased)

tres amigos

May 24th, 2011
6:38 pm

so when you say, “bend over,here comes the change”-your referencing how much your proctologist/oncologist is charging.

Last Man Standing

May 24th, 2011
6:46 pm

Tim Pawlenty is the man to watch! I believe that he will be in the thick of it, and may very well get the Republican nomination. According to this poll, he has some ground to make up, and he must get his message before the voters. If he gets the nomination, I feel sure that the only way Obama will see D.C. in 2012 is through the rear view mirror.

boston rob

May 24th, 2011
6:51 pm


that’s wicked “retarded”

Last Man Standing

May 24th, 2011
7:04 pm


Good post . . .


May 24th, 2011
7:10 pm

Is “rob” an abbreviation for “robot” as in “mind-numbed Kool-Aid-drinking robot”?

Thanks LMS.

I suppose that robot is experiencing angst after going into that voting booth in ‘08 and thinking: “If we can just reach 10% unemployment, we’ll return to this nation’s greatness. If gasoline can approach $4/gallon, we’ll be like our European friends. If Iran can be given the freedom to develop its own nuclear weapons, then peace in the Middle East will be in our grasp. If we can only quintuple our deficits and double our debt, then we’ll be at top of the world.”

One would think these people would be in 7th heaven since they’ve gotten everything they wanted, but for some reason they’re not.


May 24th, 2011
7:12 pm

It is entirely too early. Add to the fact that the nomination is not national but starts in IA and NH. He (yes HE) who wins those or even comes close drives momentum. These numbers now are just name ID numbers, NOT an indication of who will win. Put them on the streets, put them in a debate, and show the grassroots strategy. Obama at this point was a “who?” candidate.

Rumors are that Rudy will come in and push to drive Mitt out with a defeat in one or both early states. This gives whoever has the momentum in SC a fighting chance. It’s all about momentum and best strategy. This poll is nothing but something for supporters to use as a fundraiser tool and a boost of office morale.

Real Athens

May 24th, 2011
7:13 pm

Matt Towery’s Insider Advantage had John Oxendine UP by, I think 18%, going into the Republican Primary. Why would anyone pay any attention to what he polls?

boston rob

May 24th, 2011
7:36 pm

is “rgb” an abbreviation for retarded gangster blogger….as in typical low-life conservative tool.

Terd Furgeson

May 24th, 2011
7:37 pm

Now now, boston rob, play like an adult. Try not act like a little mindless liberal on here. Go find a Bill Maher blog where you act like a child. Now run along you little scamp you.


May 24th, 2011
7:44 pm

1st three in poll (Romney,Bachmann, and Palin) aren’t even officially running yet, although know Romney will and probably Bachmann. But Cain fans don’t get too excited at this point yet. Way too early.

phil c

May 24th, 2011
7:54 pm

I’m voting for Herman, this country needs a President who speaks English as a second language. He be the man!


May 24th, 2011
7:55 pm

Im cooled on Ron Paul now that Herman Cain is out there doing so well

Pawlenty? who? huh? sorry, doesnt do it for me.


May 24th, 2011
7:57 pm

Hey tres amigos, great reference to Confederacy of Dunces. Great read!

Ol' Timer

May 24th, 2011
8:33 pm

All the folks are bending over backwards to pander to the Tea Party and the truth of the matter is that any candidate that passes their scrutiny will be unelectable — too, way too far to the right!

There ain’t a dog that’ll hunt in this whole bunch.

Ol' Timer

May 24th, 2011
8:39 pm

@RGB — I agree. I don’t like the use of the word retard or retarded in this instance. But, your statement is so biased, I’ll just say you uninformed and sorely lacking in you understanding of the causality of our present problems.

But your attitude precludes discussion, so just gloat in the wonderful candidates your party is fielding. Rhodes Scholars, one and all.


May 24th, 2011
8:50 pm

tres amigos – thanks for asking, but it means here comes NObama’s change so BEND OVER for it. In other words, up the ass.


May 24th, 2011
8:53 pm

tres amigos – and unlike most amigos, I HAVE insurance.


May 24th, 2011
9:21 pm

The Republicans on the “inside” know he can’t be elected:


May 24th, 2011
9:23 pm

My observation on Herman is that it will be interesting to see how he reacts when he has to sacrifice an initiative or if he somehow does indeed come off uniformed on foreign policy during debates or out on the campaign trail.

I’m a casual observer, but he strikes me to be more of a real person than some of the other candidates.
He just looks like he really had to work to get in the position that he’s in now.



May 24th, 2011
9:26 pm

Any wonder why “Undecided” is winning in the polls?


May 24th, 2011
9:33 pm

It’s down right scary that 11.8% would vote for Michele Bachmann and 11% would vote for – Sarah Palin.


May 24th, 2011
9:36 pm

Herman Cain for President


May 24th, 2011
9:41 pm

Thanks to Georgia’s distinction as the poultry, rug and onion capital, with the most corrupt government since reconstruction, the subsequent demographic trend should lead to even more pointless arguments.

Instead of Zig Zag Zell, The Shady Deal, and Newt Skywalker, you will be trashing Pedro, Jose, or Jesus and you will have even more political parties to choose from, e.g.:
The Partido Acción Nacional, (PAN),Partido Revolucionario Institucional, (PRI),Partido de la Revolución Democrática, (PRD),Partido del Trabajo, (PT),Partido Verde Ecologista de Georgia (PVEM),Convergencia, and Nueva Alianza.

Better be studying up on them, so you will know who to insult.


May 24th, 2011
9:53 pm

I am tired of this obsession with blacks. That is all i hear about in Atlanta and Buffalo. At work that is all I hear. They find out about my “interests” and I get disciplined. Wish I was protected. Thjs is bull crap. I was born this way!

Serious Robuck

May 24th, 2011
9:54 pm

Wow. He’s in a virtual tie with Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann! Wow.



May 24th, 2011
10:02 pm

What is his opinion on gay marriage? I at least hope he supports it. Born that way!


May 24th, 2011
10:07 pm

Why do Republicans and black men tend to hate gays? He is both! I am tired of all the bull crap!


May 24th, 2011
10:07 pm

Ol’ Timer,

Looks like you don’t even have an Ol’ Argument because you provided none.

So I guess everything is rosy for the USA in your opinion and it’s getting better everyday.

But wasn’t it wonderful to see a Real Statesman address a joint session of Congress today?

Hey, which thug rapper, I mean poet, will Obama pick for his Memorial Weekend bash?


May 24th, 2011
10:08 pm

When it gets down to it, Elmer Fudd could beat Obozo.


May 24th, 2011
10:10 pm


May 24th, 2011
10:52 pm

63% of Americans believe Israel and Netanyahoo don’t understand the meaning of concessions.


May 24th, 2011
11:01 pm

Once Obama steps in the thunderdome with Herman Cain at a debate he will be toast. His teleprompter won’t be there to make him look like he isn’t a dimwit. After Obama loses the election to Cain he can focus on whats important to him, golfing, basketball, espn, and daydreaming of a socialist America. I can not even count all of the times a liberal has called me racist for disagreeing with Obama’s socialist policies. Once Cain is running then that will finally stop. Cain for president… FTW


May 24th, 2011
11:14 pm

63% of Americans support gay marriage and both the Dems and Repubes do nothing. We are people too! You care more about Jews in a meaningless country than your own brothers like me. Shame!


May 24th, 2011
11:19 pm

Thank God for the 37%

Real Athens

May 24th, 2011
11:29 pm

Here’s what the “real statesman” of the Republican DOMINATED 108th Congress led by Speaker Tom Delay R – Texas had to say about Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations.

“Whereas in the April 14, 2004, letter the President stated that in light of new realities on the ground in Israel, including already existing major Israeli population centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949, but realistic to expect that any final status agreement will only be achieved on the basis of mutually agreed changes that reflect these realities;”

The vote totals were 407 Ayes, 9 Nays, 17 Present/Not Voting. No argument or uproar then? Why all the hoopla now? I guess the entire U.S. Congress threw Israel under the bus then.

Here’s how the Georgia Delegation voted:

Yea GA-1 Kingston, Jack [R]
Yea GA-2 Bishop, Sanford [D]
Yea GA-3 Marshall, James [D]
Yea GA-4 Majette, Denise [D]
Yea GA-5 Lewis, John [D]
Yea GA-6 Isakson, John [R]
Yea GA-7 Linder, John [R]
Yea GA-8 Collins, Michael [R]
Yea GA-9 Norwood, Charles [R]
Yea GA-10 Deal, Nathan [R]
Yea GA-11 Gingrey, John [R]
Yea GA-12 Burns, Max [R]
Yea GA-13 Scott, David [D]