Businessman and talk show host Herman Cain is the new Republican frontrunner according to a new Zogby poll released Monday.
Coming in at second place is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, but Christie has made it clear he is not running. Mitt Romney falls in third place with 11 percent of those participating in the poll. Zogby reported:
Herman Cain leads Chris Christie as the top choice of Republican primary voters in the race for the 2012 Presidential nomination. Among all voters, no one in a list of 13 possible GOP candidates leads President Barack Obama. However, less than half of voters (42%) say Obama deserves re-election.
The results of a new IBOPE Zogby Interactive poll, conducted from May 20-23, show Cain, a businessman and radio talk show host who drew attention at the first party Presidential debate early this month, as the choice of 19% of GOP primary voters. Christie, the New Jersey Governor who led in our four previous polls, is second with 16%, followed by Mitt Romney in third with 11%.
On Sunday, Cain was stumped by Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace on a question about the Palestinian’s “right of return,” but he told Sean Hannity Monday night he was caught off guard. According to Mediaite, Cain said:
Chris [Wallace] caught me off-guard. I didn’t understand the right of return. That came out of left field, out of all the questions I anticipated him asking me, I didn’t even conceive of him asking me about the right of return. I now know what that is. The thing that you’re going to learn about Herman Cain, if he doesn’t know something, he’s not going to try and fake it or give an answer that he doesn’t know what hes talking about. Now here’s the thing about that right of return that I’ve learned since Sunday. It wasn’t that they were kicked out of Israel by the Jews, no! Their Arab leaders asked them to leave because they thought they were going to annihilate what was left, and then they’re going to go back. So yes, I still stick by my answer.
Cain is staunchly pro-Israel, telling supporters Saturday that any country who “messes with Israel” would have to answer to the U.S. in a Cain Administration:
He had sharp words for the President’s action in the Middle East and said Obama “threw Israel under the bus.”
Cain made his message to the world loud and clear: “If you mess with Israel, you’re messing with the United States of America – don’t mess with us!”
Cain was the clear winner of the first GOP debate in South Carolina, and is favored by many in the Tea Party.
Zogby notes that while Christie “does best in a match-up with Obama,” at this point none of the Republicans listed would beat the President if the election were held today. Less than half – 42 percent – say Obama deserves to be re-elected.
Ron Paul came in at fourth place with nine percent, followed by Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Tim Pawlenty.
Newt Gingrich was at ninth place with three percent and Jon Huntsman came in at number twelve with just one percent of those polled supporting ihim.
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