In a recent FOX News poll, Republican primary voters have selected Herman Cain as their likely nominee, surging him ahead of Mitt Romney by 4 points. Cain takes 24% to Romney’s 20%.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich continues surging ahead at third place with 12%, compared to 10% for the better funded Gov. Rick Perry. Note: Gingrich was at 3% in August.
Still, Cain’s overall favorable ratings are still lower than Romney’s: 33% to 40% respectively. And, 22% of respondents still don’t know who Cain is as compared to only 10% who don’t know who Romney is. In fact, both candidates emerge as even less favorable than President Obama, who manages a favorability rating of 48%. That’s remain unchanged since August.
Even the President’s wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, scores better than everyone on the list with a 62% favorability rating.
In other news, the FOX News poll also shows a bit of enthusiasm gap between the Democratic and Republican primary – despite the absence of any challenger to President Obama in the former primary. 39% of respondents say they will participate in the Democratic primary compared to 36% who plan to participate in the GOP primary.