South Carolina Federation of Woman Presidential Straw Poll
- Herman Cain 24.5%
- Newt Gingrich 19.1%.
- Michelle Bachmann 17.3%
- Mitt Romney 17.3%
- Rick Santorum 10.9%
- Rick Perry 4.5%
- undecided 6.4%
- Jon Huntsman 0.0%
- Gary Johnson 0.0%
- Ron Paul 0.0%
GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 29, 2011) – Continuing a two-month run of straw poll wins at various events across the country, businessman Herman Cain won the Presidential Straw Poll at the South Carolina Federation of Republican Women convention in Greenville. The straw poll was conducted by www.PalladianView.com, a national political website targeted at Conservative women.
Cain captured 24.5% of the vote. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich finished second with 19.1%. Rep. Michelle Bachmann and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tied for third place with 17.3% apiece. Only six of the nine candidates on the ballot received votes. Bachmann and Romney were followed by former Sen. Rick Santorum (10.9%) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (4.5%). More voters identified themselves as undecided (6.4%) than Perry supporters, while Jon Huntsman, Gary Johnson and Ron Paul received nary a vote.
Convention-goers also were asked who would be their second choice, and Gingrich received the most votes on that question, with 28.2% of voters identifying him as their backup pick. Cain was second at 25.5%, meaning half of the convention-goers identified Cain as either their first or second choice.
Romney was identified as the candidate “most likely to beat Obama” receiving 28.2% of the vote. Cain was second with 24.5% and Gingrich third at 22.7%.
Economy/Jobs (37.3%) was selected by the most voters as the “concern most important” in choosing the Republican nominee for President. Taxes and Spending and Electability in November both were identified by 20% of voters as their most important concern.
An overwhelming 73.6% of voters think the Republican Party should nominate a “solid conservative on all issues”; 25.6% think the Party should nominate a “mainstream candidate who can appeal to independents and conservative Democrats.”