Herman Cain moved into first place in the latest Zogby poll with the support of 19% of the likely Republican voters surveyed. Chris Christie, who has repeatedly said that he’s not running, slipped from first to second place with 16%. Rounding out the top five were Mitt Romney, 11%; Ron Paul, 9%; and Sarah Palin, 6%. Support for Cain increased from 14% in the previous poll, taken two weeks ago. The survey was taken May 20 – 23, and reflects the decisions not to run of Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump.
The poll provided more bad news for Newt Gingrich. Gingrich garnered only 3% support, falling behind Bachmann (5%) and Pawlenty (4%) and tied for eighth place with Rick Santorum. He was in 5th place at 7% in the previous poll. In addition, Gingrich had the highest negative rating with 17% of likely Republican voters saying that they “would never vote for” him. He also did worse in the head-to-head match-up with Obama among all of the likely voters surveyed, losing 48% to 30%.
The good news for Republicans was that among all voters surveyed, only 42% thought Obama “deserves to be re-elected” while 52% thought we “need someone new”. Christie did the best against Obama polling in a statistical dead-heat (Obama,45%-Christie, 44%). Romney and Pawlenty were tied for second place in the head-to-head match-ups with Obama.