80% of GOP voters undecided

Caucus Blog, NY Times:
With the nation’s first nominating contests just two months away, a large majority of Republican primary voters have yet to make up their minds about the candidate they would like to see as their party’s nominee for president in 2012.
About eight in 10 Republican primary voters say it is still too early to tell whom they will support, and just four in 10 say they have been paying a lot of attention to the 2012 presidential campaign, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Herman Cain, the former restaurant executive, is riding a wave of support among Republican primary voters that has placed him in a statistical dead heat with rival Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, in a race that has been characterized by momentum swings among the candidates.
The poll found Mr. Cain with the highest level of support, with 25 percent of Republican primary voters, and Mr. Romney with 21 percent. This difference is within the poll’s margin of sampling error.
Adding to the fluidity of the contest, about one in 10 Republican primary voters say they would like to see someone else nominated.
Support for Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, has weakened to 6 percent, placing him among the second-tier candidates with Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, who have the backing of 10 percent and 8 percent of Republican primary voters, respectively. Michele BachmannJon M. Huntsman Jr., andRick Santorum are all struggling to gain traction with the Republican electorate – none of the three drew more than 2 percent of support among Republican primary voters.
With the large pool of undecided voters most of the candidates have a chance to surge in the early state primaries.  Perry is retooling his campaign and he has the resources to launch an effective ground game.  Cain is popular because he is likable.  Romney has not been able to expand his base of support.  Perry will be the candidate to watch over the next few weeks to see if his new team and his new message get traction.

I like his energy policy.  It would definitely create thousands of new jobs.  His new tax policy does not appear to reduce the complexity of the tax code, although it could for some.


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