This morning’s Gallup poll — the first of Republican primary voters since Mitch Daniels and Mike Huckabee announced they wouldn’t run for president — is getting a lot of attention for the seemingly strong standing of Sarah Palin, who polls at 15 percent amid signals that she may enter the race.
But what I found more newsworthy is the strong performance of Herman Cain, the entrepreneur and talk-show host who was included in Gallup’s poll for the first time. He polls at 8 percent, ahead of candidates like Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann and Jon Hunstman, who have received far more attention.
What’s especially interesting about Mr. Cain’s standing is that he polls at 8 percent despite being familiar to only about one-third of Republican voters, according to supplementary Gallup data. Of those voters who are familiar with him, 24 percent have him as their first choice. That’s the best figure for any candidate in the Republican field: