New Hampshire Poll shows Romney leading 2012 GOP US presidential race

Washington, Oct 11(ANI): A new poll has shown former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney leading the 2012 Republican White House race in New Hampshire, while Texas Governor Rick Perry’s popularity continues to plummet.

A Harvard and St. Anselm poll showed that Romney was favoured by 38 percent of the respondents, while Godfather’s Pizza executive Herman Cain, stood at the second place commanding 20 percent of the votes.

Libertarian Representative Ron Paul stood at third position with 13 percent support, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich clinched the fourth sport with five percent of the votes, and Perry and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman were tied for fifth place, each securing four percent of the votes.

The poll results were especially dismal for Perry, who was earlier tied with Romney as a front-runner, but a string of weak debate performances led his rankings to plummet.

The survey also confirmed the downward spiral of Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann, who secured just three percent support, CBS News reports.

According to the poll, the candidate ballot test appears far from settled.

Only ten percent of likely primary voters said that they would “definitely” vote for Romney, while six percent held the same view for Cain.

Just 14 percent were “very satisfied” with the field of presidential candidates.

However, 72 percent of the respondents appeared confident that Romney can beat President Obama in a general election.

The survey was conducted between October 2 and 6. (ANI)

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