The poll found that 30 percent of Florida Republican primary voters would vote for Mitt Romney, while 24 percent would vote for Rick Perry. Newt Gingrich, the only other candidate to break double digits, is in third with 10 percent. Michele Bachmann has fallen to 6th place, with 6 percent, behind Ron Paul and Herman Cain, who recently won the Florida Five strawpoll.
If the race boiled down to just Romney and Perry, Romney beats out the Lone Star governor 45 percent to 36 percent, though a full 19 percent of Republican voters remain unsure.
Perry’s troubles seem to stem in large part from his poor debate performance. Among respondents who PPP Thursday night, prior to the debate, 63 percent said they had a favorable view of Perry, and just 23 percent cited an unfavorable view. But of those polled Friday, just 49 percent said they held a favorable opinion of him, while 35 percent said they had an unfavorable view. Those numbers dropped a couple percentage points to Perry’s disadvantage for those polled Saturday and Sunday.
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