Quinnipiac latest poll showing Rick Perry fever among the GOP and vs. Obama

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The new survey shows that the percentage of all registered voters who say President Obama deserves a second term in the Oval Office has fallen to a negative 42 - 51 percent, matching a 41 - 50 percent all-time low reading that was taken five months ago, prior to the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden.

The poll shows the President tied with Romney nationally 45-45, and Obama up by 3 over Perry, 45-42.

Peter Brown is the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Gov. Rick Perry has sprinted out of the gate as a candidate for the GOP nomination. Being the new kid on the block has benefitted Perry. But with prominence comes scrutiny and both his Republican competitors and the Democrats are doing their best to convince voters he's not Mr. Wonderful. The next few months will be a race between Perry and his Republican and Democratic opponents to define him for the vast majority of the American people."

How are the other Republicans doing in the Quinnipiac poll? Well, Sarah Palin, still being listed in such polls, gets 11 percent, Michelle Bachmann is fading at 10 percent, Ron Paul is hanging in at 9 percent, and Herman Cain gets 5 percent.

Newt Gingrich, who seems to have given up a long time ago, gets 3 percent, while a man who is working seemingly very hard but has little to show for it is Jon Huntsman, who gets just 1 percent in the poll. That ties him with a man most people aren't aware of is even alive - Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter, who also gets 1 percent in the poll.

Among Republicans and independent voters leaning Republican, Perry gets 24 percent to Romney's 18 percent, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's 11 percent, Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's 10 percent, Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul's 9 percent and businessman Herman Cain's 5 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gets 3 percent, while former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, former Sen. Rick Santorum and Michigan U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter get 1 percent eac

Believe it or not, it's only been 2 1/2 weeks since Rick Perry entered the GOP race for President, but his strong start clearly shows that Mitt Romney has been taking up a lot of space, but not capitalizing on his previous front-runner status.

A Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday morning shows the Texas Governor leading Romney by a 24-18 spread, just the latest national poll that shows that for now, Perry has supplanted Romney in the hearts of the majority of Republican primary voters nationally.

And though Democrats keep on saying they'd prefer Perry to Romney in a general election, it's hard to see how that would make a difference with the public continuing to give Obama low marks.

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