Sep 05, 2011 4:28 AM GMT
Texas Governor Rick Perry is riding high heading into next week's GOP presidential debate, topping President Obama in a new poll.
Perry, the longest-serving governor in the history of the Lone Star State, edged Obama, 44% to 41%, in a national Rasmussen poll - a sign voters dig his pro-jobs message, McClatchy Newspapers reported Friday.
No other GOP White House hopeful topped the president in the poll, which surveyed 1,000 likely voters from Aug. 23 through Aug. 30. The margin of error was 3%.
Obama still holds a hypothetical edge over the rest of the GOP field, boasting a four-percentage-point lead over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in the Rasmussen poll. Earlier in the year, Romney held a 1-percentage-point lead over Obama in a poll.
The Rasmussen triumph capped a week of positive poll results for Perry, who appears to have snatched the GOP front-runner tag away from Romney.
On Monday, a CNN/ORC International poll of GOP and independent voters who tend to favor Republican positions had 27% of voters nationwide supporting Perry, with only 14% backing Romney, The Texas Observer reported Friday in a story titled: "Can Perry Be Stopped?"
On Tuesday, a poll by Public Policy Polling showed Perry 20 points ahead of Romney among likely GOP voters in South Carolina.
"He's skyrocketed to the front-runner position, and that is significant," Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, told McClatchy.