A few weeks ago, the CBS News/New York Times poll showed businessman Herman Cain and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney tied at 17 percent nationally in a trial heat of the GOP Presidential primary. Now, the poll shows what other surveys have — a first place finish for Cain at 25 percent, with Romney in second at 21 percent. Former frontrunner Rick Perry has slipped all the way to six percent, good for 5th place.
“The race is still open, as voters are not firm in their support of any of the candidates. About four of five voters said it is too early to say for sure who they support for the nomination, with just 19 percent saying their minds are already made up. That’s about the same as it was at this point in 2007.
Americans are getting interested in the 2012 race for president. About 70 percent of registered voters nationwide are paying at least some attention to the 2012 election campaign, including 31 percent who said they are paying a lot of attention.
Republicans, of course, are paying closer attention to the campaign. About 78 percent said they were following the campaign closely, compared to about 68 percent of Democrats."