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Perry's Polling Problems Persist



    Perry's Polling Problems Persist
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    Could GOP voters be watching Gov. Rick Perry's last debate performance on their DVR?

    That could be one explanation for the governor's fall in the recent polls.

    An Aug. 25 Magellan Strategies poll showed Perry with a strong showing in Iowa. He led with 24 percent, followed by Iowa native Michele Bachmann with 22 percent. Mitt Romney was third with 19 percent.

    The poll surveyed 676 Iowa Republicans and had a margin of error of 3.77 percent.

    But an American Research Group poll released Wednesday shows Perry down to 14 percent. In Wednesday's poll of 600 likely voters -- 517 Republicans and 83 independents -- Perry trailed both Romney and Bachmann.

    Romney notched 21 percent of the vote, while Bachmann tallied 15 percent.

    The poll's margin of error was 4 percent.

    In Florida, a Sept. 14 Insider Advantage poll showed Perry ahead with 29 percent. Mitt Romney was second with 20 percent. A whopping 21 percent of respondents didn't have an opinion yet.

    The margin of error for the poll of 456 likely registered Republican primary voters in Florida was 4.5 percent.

    But a new Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday shows Romney beating Perry in Florida, 30 percent to 24 percent. Newt Gingrich surged to third with 10 percent, while Florida straw poll winner Herman Cain only had 7 percent.

    The margin of error in that poll is 4.5 percent, and 472 Florida Republican primary voters were surveyed.

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