PPP poll: Herman Cain, Sarah Palin tied for second in Iowa

Herman Cain’s scrappy campaign for the GOP presidential nomination is making an impression. From Public Policy Polling of North Carolina:

Mitt Romney has the lead in PPP’s first Iowa poll since Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump exited the race, but with six different candidates polling in double digits it’s clear this thing is wide open.

Romney polls at 21%. Sarah Palin and Herman Cain are tied for second at 15%. Newt Gingrich is 4th with 12%, Michele Bachmann 5th with 11%, Tim Pawlenty 6th with 10%, Ron Paul 7th with 8%, and Jon Huntsman 8th with 0% (only one respondent to the poll picked him.) 8% said they supported someone else or were undecided.

Cain and Palin have been the biggest beneficiaries in Iowa of Huckabee and Trump’s decisions not to run. Cain is at 15% now despite not even having been included on our last poll. Palin’s gained 7 points in the six weeks since our last poll compared to 5 point gains for Romney, Pawlenty, and Bachmann, a 3 point gain for Gingrich, and a 2 point bump for Paul.

See the crosstabs here. Earlier, Cain was on CBS Morning News:

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Chris Conlee

June 1st, 2011
12:22 pm

Hello Everybody,

I’m definitely on the Cain Train. I’ve been following him for several months, and I’m definitely liking what he has to say. Plus, his exceptional rise to business excellence is a shining example of the American Dream in action.

Yesterday, I created a short 3 minute compilation video on YouTube highlighting some of the communication style differences between Herman Cain and President Obama. Please give it a look and let me know what you think. I find it mildly humorous, and I hope you will too.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Hollywood4Cain

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 1st, 2011
12:23 pm

Possum roadkill is a mess, but it ain’t nothing compared to this mess with the Republican/Tea Party.

And, my the way, I was first, I think.

[...] Herman is kicking some you know what. If you ask me, Michele Bachmann and Newt will drop out, and Cain will pick up many of their voters. Then it will be Herman vs. Sarah Palin for the conservative wing of the party. With all due respect to her, he just seems more Presidential to me. PPP poll: Herman Cain tied for second with Sarah Palin in Iowa | Political Insider [...]

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 1st, 2011
12:24 pm

Nope, my ol’ slo’ computer let me down.

Travis McGee

June 1st, 2011
12:27 pm

Like old Clinton said, when you have Herman Cain and Sarah Palin tied for second, the GOP has got a real problem.

big hat

June 1st, 2011
12:28 pm

You do realize that Herman entered higher ed, and later corporate America, because of affirmative action, not merit; just wait to hear from some of his former fellow students and co-workers, they’ll start coming out of the background pretty soon.

Real Athens

June 1st, 2011
12:29 pm

Herman Cain? Sarah Palin? Really?

PMC

June 1st, 2011
12:31 pm

Big Hat, you’re wrong. Herman Cain worked for the department of the Navy as a mathmatician and he holds a masters degree I believe from Purdue. He’s as merited as anyone he’s ever worked with. He actually did deal with Jim Crow laws in his life and has succeded in spite of bigotry.

td

June 1st, 2011
12:35 pm

Real Athens

June 1st, 2011
12:29 pm
Herman Cain? Sarah Palin? Really?

Do not think either will win the primary but either are much better choices than re elected Obama.

PMC

June 1st, 2011
12:38 pm

Even if Affirmative Action helped, he thrived based on his own work eithic. After all, Herman Cain is in a position to run for the office of the presidency, and you’re cutting him down on a newspapers message board.

One has to have accomplished quite a bit to have achived that level of jealousy

Frederick Douglass

June 1st, 2011
12:40 pm

Random jubilation has just spilled out onto the grounds surrounding 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Obama can’t contain himself.

joe

June 1st, 2011
12:42 pm

Ya’ll liberal lefties keep on hurling those insults at Herman…he’s the one candidate who scares the pants off BHO due to the elimination of the race card ya’ll love to play every time someone says they don’t like the job BHO is doing. It not his skin color, it is his socialist/marxist policies. Herman is very electable and would be a much better POTUS than our current socialist-in-chief.

td likes Sarah Palin?!?!?!

June 1st, 2011
12:47 pm

I’m baffled that anyone could possibly still take her seriously. She’s a reality tv star now and isn’t even in politics. The GOP has no viable candidates.

Alabama Communist

June 1st, 2011
12:50 pm

No doubt the Iowa Republican Presidential Primary race between 1/2 Governor Sara Palin and ” I am a white Republican trapped in a Black Man Body Cain” is down to has the lowest IQ in the history of a Republican Primary, not counting the Iowa Republican Voters…….

The Goobernator

June 1st, 2011
12:51 pm

I don’t want to hear about any candidates for at least 8 months. Please tell them all to shut the hell up, ’cause I’ll really be annoyed by them before I even want to think about the primary season.

gm

June 1st, 2011
12:52 pm

joe

Minorities could give a crap about Uncle Cain, I know it hard for you tea party, conservatives idiots to understand but Hispanics, blacks make up a large portion of the vote, do you think they are going to vote for palin?
Sara Palin geting votes shows you how low minded the car racing, dirt bike back of the woods people are, you might as well run your top country music singer for President, and you idiots wonder why the rest of the world think we are a nation going backwards.

DannyX

June 1st, 2011
12:56 pm

What specific issues will get Herman elected?

The fair tax fairy tale? His strong support of Bush’s economic policies, including the bank bailouts, and the socialist Medicare Part D. His needing a stand-in for foreign affairs?

What exactly are the liberal lefties scared of?

Educated Vet

June 1st, 2011
1:01 pm

Joe

June 1st, 2011
12:42 pm

You poor pathetic lemming. I suppose if the godspeaks of conservative radio said Obama was a ill-legitimate son of Malcolm X you’d parrot the same ignorant rant as well. Just what policies that President Obama has enacted are socialist or marxist? By the way of educating your feeble mind, presidents don’t enact laws, Congress does.

Joe Mama

June 1st, 2011
1:03 pm

joe — “Ya’ll liberal lefties keep on hurling those insults at Herman…he’s the one candidate who scares the pants off BHO due to the elimination of the race card ya’ll love to play every time someone says they don’t like the job BHO is doing.”

Huh.

So I guess all that ‘he’s not EXPERIENCED’ handwringing y’all were engaging in back in 2008 isn’t in play any more.

Obama’s inexperience — critical, worldshaking issue

Cain’s inexperience — great big bonus at no added charge

It’s a wonder more conservatives don’t snap their freakin’ necks, just by swinging their heads back and forth so forcefully.

DannyX

June 1st, 2011
1:06 pm

You Tea Party extremists need to stick to one “liberal lefties are scared to death” candidate.

The last candidate the liberal leftie/marxist/socialist crowd were supposed to be so afraid of has been exposed as a total fraud, Sarah Palin. Real Clear Politics has her down 19.5 in a match-up against Obama.

TheTruthHurts

June 1st, 2011
1:08 pm

Cant see much of a problem when you have such a brain dead “Community Organizer” for a predident…..Hell even democrat lowlife John “I cheat on my wife with cancer” Edwards could probably beat him…….Hell any Rupub will beat this socialist lying fool….. doesn’t matter who wins for the rebub party they are automatic winner!

td

June 1st, 2011
1:10 pm

DannyX

June 1st, 2011
12:56 pm

“What exactly are the liberal lefties scared of?”

They need to be scared of unemployment above 8%, gas above $3 per gallon and food prices on the rise. These are the things that will allow someone like Palin or Cain to get elected President. You libs do not really understand the election next year is going to be a referendum on how Obama has done as President. If unemployment is above 8%, gas $3 per gallon and food prices on the rise then the people will vote for the Republican no matter how much the media calls the nominee a racist or want to starve the children or cut off medical assistance to the old.

td

June 1st, 2011
1:10 pm

Educated Vet

June 1st, 2011
1:01 pm

“Just what policies that President Obama has enacted are socialist or marxist?”

I guess your lack of education is showing if you can not see Obamacare is right out of the socialist/communist playbook. How about his budget of nothing more than redistribution of wealth?

You really should give your HS diploma back and apologise for not learning anything about forms of government in school.

dose

June 1st, 2011
1:17 pm

How do I know that Herman Cain and Sarah Palin aren’t communist muslim nazis from Africa. I hae never seen either one of theirs birth certificates or college transcripts. Please America don’t vote for either of these satanic pedophile usurpers.

DannyX

June 1st, 2011
1:17 pm

td you better look for another savior, every poll out there has Palin completely out of the running in a match-up against Obama. Show me one shred of evidence she can win. No unrealistic fantasies please. One tangible bit of evidence.

That is not to say a Republican has no chance in 2012. The candidate had better be much more mainstream than Palin or Cain. They would be crushed in a general election.

The Tea Party/Republican golden boy governors are currently very unpopular, 29% approval for Scott in Florida is an example of the Tea Party buyers remorse, its not much better for the rest of them.

Frederick Ferguson

June 1st, 2011
1:18 pm

My great, great grandfather was born a slave in Alabama in 1839. At the end of the Civil War he bought 2000 acres of land and started a mill, school and church for freed slaves. His kids were some of the first black people to attend New England colleges and graduate schools. My family has produced a steady succession of successful professionals and businessmen. At the same time they worked with freedom fighters like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King to create a South where someone like Herman Cain could become CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. They were supported by Jews who also knew that the same mob of ignorant bigots attacking Blacks could just as easily come for them tomorrow. Herman Cain stands on the shoulders of giants. His arrogance and bigotry towards Muslims, gays, immigrants and the poor shows a shocking lack of content to his character. Herman Cain is a disgrace not just as a Black man but as an American in general.

TheTruthHurts

June 1st, 2011
1:20 pm

The Only Buyers Remore is Obama Bin Lying Fastest drop in the polls of any president in US History LOL This president wanna be is Toast come 2012. Thats what happens when you elect a brain-dead community organizer for president without a clue of what the hell he is doing…..

Monica

June 1st, 2011
1:27 pm

It’s almost weird that he calls Cain’s campaign “scrappy.” Scrappy based on what? It has been a very well oiled machine from the start. He got into the race very early, because he needs name recognition and time to go pretty much around the whole entire country – which he has been doing. His website has been very substantial from the start, a lot of information, tweeter feeds, facebook, I get emails from the campaign daily – at least once a day, sometimes more. The event where he announced his candidacy was very well orchestrated, even included release of balloons at the moment of announcement. It was electrifying. So where does “scrappy” come from, I have absolutely no idea. But I have a feeling that if a black dude from South is running a campaign, it just has to be “scrappy” to a good ol’ southern white boy…

DannyX

June 1st, 2011
1:29 pm

TheTruthHurts, do you have a reference to your 1:20?

I have one that says your post is bs. Here is an updated graph comparing the approval ratings of Obama and Reagan. They are very similar, Obama looks a little better.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/124922/Presidential-Approval-Center.aspx

Of course Reagan is a Republican Saint. He expanded big government, increased the deficit, raised taxes, created our current Medicare system, and gave amnesty to millions of Mexicans.

Ronald Reagan, the Padre of our country. Lol, sometimes the truth does hurt.

RetiredSoldier

June 1st, 2011
1:29 pm

dose-

You are sick, be as critical as you want on policies but your childish name calling is, well, sick.

td

June 1st, 2011
1:30 pm

DannyX

June 1st, 2011
1:17 pm

First off I do not think Palin is going to run and then I do not think she can win the primary.

Just for a little thought: Show me one piece of tangible evidence provided in 1991 that said Bill Clinton could win over Bush 41 when his approval rating was 86% after the gulf war? What is Obama’s approval rating now?

I am not willing to say this far out that Obama will not win but I will say that no one can be counted out right now because this election will not be about the Republican candidate but a referendum on Obama and the American people will vote for anyone when their pocket book is at stake.

DannyX

June 1st, 2011
1:32 pm

td, did you even read my last post to your reply? I said a credible Republican candidate will have a shot in 2012 if the economy does not improve. Palin and Cain are not the answer and have no chance.

Monica

June 1st, 2011
1:33 pm

Chris Conlee, I like that video, it is funny in a sad way though, since those are the people that are running our country right now or…ruining…

birdsong

June 1st, 2011
1:35 pm

C’mon folks, these repub clowns are all losers and you know it. Obama/Biden deserve and get four more years.

td

June 1st, 2011
1:35 pm

DannyX

June 1st, 2011
1:32 pm

I did read your post but disagree with your definition of “Credible”. A Palin, Cain or any other candidate could be elected if the economy does not improve.

RetiredSoldier

June 1st, 2011
1:37 pm

td-

You are exactly correct, it is impossible to say now who the republican candidate will be or who will win in Nov 12. I also agree with you that unless something truly major happens the election is a referendum on Obama. If the economy stays like it is Obama is in deep trouble with any of the Rep. candidates. If we have a remarkable turn around, just the opposite is true.
One thing to look at is the 2010 election. Many states that Obama carried in 08 went strong rep. That bodes poorly for Obama.

Light on policy

June 1st, 2011
1:37 pm

@ Frederick…

Great comments. It’s even more telling that despite not offering anything tangible or thought provoking, he has propelled to the top for potential Repub candidates.

It’s a sad state affairs in our country that previous CEO experience has become the litmus test for POTUS even though history has proven that the worst President in History (George W Bush) had previous CEO experience.

It’s very alarming when Cain makes comments about getting “90% of laws right then not worrying about the rest” that people still take him serious

TheTruthHurts

June 1st, 2011
1:37 pm

Danny X my friend Obama is NO REAGAN!!! LOL Are you serious!!! Typical Liberal BS Obama is much more like Jimmy Carter….and Look what happened to him. You can spin it any way you want Obama sucks as president…..High Unemployment of any president, Housing Crisis getting worse Largest deficit if any president in History,.,,yeah just like Reagan uhhhhhh huuhhhhhhhhhh,,LOL I know i know now your gonna start crying saying it was bushes fault three years into his presidency and your still making up excuses….It was also bushes fault that bin ladin was killed right??

DannyX

June 1st, 2011
1:39 pm

“@ Frederick…Great comments”

I second that.

pb

June 1st, 2011
1:40 pm

You who call Obama the “Community Organizer” crack me up. He may have been that, but he is now President of the U.S. So you better find someone competent that can really beat him, not just call him names. I am by no means a liberal or “Socialist”, but think right now he would beat any Republican. But then again, election is more than a year and half away.

Ultra Violet

June 1st, 2011
1:42 pm

Herman Cain has no answers. Like the rest of the Republican field, his only platform is “I’m not a Democrat and I’m not Obama”. He can tell you what’s wrong with the world (Democrats and liberals) but his solutions are laughable and simply pander to the populist agenda. I’d like for Mr. Cain to explain the magical transformation of Republicans since they were booted out of office in 2006 for failing to abide by conservative ideals. The truth is, they haven’t changed one whit, and putting them back in charge would simply allow a repeat of their prior indiscretions.

There’s nothing broken today with America that wasn’t already broken in November 2008. After the debacle of the Republicans from 1994-2006, the mere fact that we’re having a discussion about putting R’s back in charge with a straight face is incredible to me.

cs

June 1st, 2011
1:43 pm

isnt second place just the first loser?

RetiredSoldier

June 1st, 2011
1:45 pm

pb-

“but think right now he would beat any Republican.” Look at history, for Obama to win now with the economy like it is would be the first time since 1936. Tall order.

TheTruthHurts

June 1st, 2011
1:47 pm

ARE YOU ANY BETTER OFF NOW THEN YOU WERE 3 YEAR’s AGO????? THE ANSWER IS HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! get rid of this clown…ANYBODY would do a better job then this joker

Ultra Violet

June 1st, 2011
1:48 pm

The epicenter of our economic collapse is the housing/construction/banking industry. Please explain to the audience what measures Obama has failed to pursue in order to fix the problem.

The foreclosure debacle will continue unabated for the next 5-7 years, maybe more. Obama has introduced programs such as HAFA to alleviate the problem, but many institutional lenders did not sign on, and to a conservative, forcing any regulation on private industry is a greater sin than allowing the economy to tank.

Republicans believe market forces will eventually balance out the problem, but in this case, we’re talking a decade of reconstitution. I wonder what President Palin would do about the housing crisis.

You right wingers are all talk (nasty) and no answers.

Bob in Atlanta.

June 1st, 2011
1:49 pm

Well put Frederick Ferguson. Too many Republicans believe that the only way to get ahead in life is by keeping other groups down..blacks, jews, gays. Basically anyone who doesn’t look like them. The current crop of republicans only care about dismantling government for personal greed. Social security, medicare and medicade, while not perfect in execution, are in existence for a reason. Instead of tearing down these social safety nets why not put our collective heads together to try and improve and save them? In our uncertain age and uncertain economy on both the national and international level, who’s to say that you won’t be the next person in need of these programs?

Yahtzee

June 1st, 2011
1:50 pm

If the economy stays the way it currently is or continues to get worse, the housing market continues to struggle, and our dollar continues to devalue…the Republican nominee should have no trouble in easily defeating the most over hyped elected official of all time.

Shark Punch!

June 1st, 2011
1:52 pm

It would be a refreshing change of pace if some of you could leave the partisan bickering aside and start talking about why your candidate is such a great choice. “At least it’s not somebody from the other party!” is a lame way to pick your president, yet goes a long way towards explaining why we continue to elect utter morons–from both sides of the aisle.

Looks like I’ll be throwing my vote away and going third party, AGAIN.

DannyX

June 1st, 2011
1:56 pm

“…the most over hyped elected official(s) of all time.”

Florida’s Gov Scott, 29% approval
Ohio’s John Kasich is at 33% approval
Michigan’s Rick Snyder 33% approval rating,
Wisconsin, Scott Walker, 43% approval
Iowa Terry Branstad 41% approval
New Jersey Chris Christie, 49% approval

Yes the Tea Party Republicans have sank to new lows, what 5 months after taking office.

Any idea on how this happened?

Anyone?

Ultra Violet

June 1st, 2011
1:59 pm

DannyX

Tea party rhetoric sounds good to the tea party faithful.

The actual sacrifices required to put that rhetoric into practice are too difficult for them to stomach, though. Hence the buyer’s remorse.

That’s the problem with all ideologues, such as Cain or Palin. They talk mean, but no one really wants to live in the world they envision for the masses.