Bachmann Gains in Republican Presidential Race, Survey Shows
July 13 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is picking up support in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to a poll released today.
Bachmann is backed by 14 percent of registered Republicans and independents who lean toward the party in the survey by Hamden, Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University. That is more than double the 6 percent who favored her in a June 8 poll -- before she had officially declared her candidacy -- and put her in second place.
“The question about Representative Bachmann is whether she is the flavor of the month, like Donald Trump was for a while, or does she have staying power?” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement.
Trump, the New York-based real estate developer who also has his own reality television show, flirted with entering the Republican race before deciding not to in May.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney leads the party’s field in the new poll, holding steady with the 25 percent support he had in Quinnipiac’s June survey.
Placing third and fourth in the current survey are two Republicans who are weighing whether to run: former Alaska governor Sarah Palin with 12 percent and Texas Governor Rick Perry with 10 percent.
None of seven other announced candidates broke double digits. These included businessman Herman Cain with 6 percent, Representative Ron Paul of Texas with 5 percent and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty with 3 percent.
“Bachmann’s fortunes may depend on whether Governors Palin or Perry get into the race,” said Brown. “All three of them are likely to appeal to the GOP’s Tea Party constituency.”
Among all registered voters surveyed, President Barack Obama topped the four leading Republican White House hopefuls, hitting the 50-percent mark against all except Romney. In that matchup, Obama had 47 percent, Romney 41 percent.
The president led Bachmann, 50 percent to 38 percent.
The July 5-11 poll of 2,311 registered voters has an margin of error of plus or minus 2.0 percentage points for its entire survey. The portion focused on the Republican presidential race interviewed 913 voters and had a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points.
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