Yesterday’s Bloomberg poll delivered these numbers:
The Texas governor [Rick Perry] is the preferred choice of 26 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in a Bloomberg National Poll conducted Sept. 9-12. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney places second at 22 percent, while all of the other Republican candidates get less than 10 percent.
In a hypothetical general election matchup, Perry trails President Barack Obama among the poll’s entire sample, 49 percent to 40 percent, about twice the deficit for Romney.
This, according to some, is a tough one for Perry, because:
“Perry leads in the primary contest in part because some of his most famous stands don’t turn off the primary electorate all that much,” said J. Ann Selzer, president of Des Moines, Iowa-based Selzer & Co., which conducted the poll. “In the general election, these issues will matter more.”
And that’s pretty much what the conventional wisdom is, right now, among the Obama supporters. A Perry nominee is a fatter target. And some establishment Republicans agree with them.
Email from a well-connected Republican on Bloomberg poll numbers casting doubt on Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s general election appeal: “I’m surprised at the Bloomberg results and think they may be missing the boat on Perry. I just spent several days on the West Coast with leading tech execs and they really weren’t focused on Perry’s views on evolution or climate change. One told me a story about meeting Perry and trying to make small talk with him about hunting. The exec asked Perry what he liked to hunt and Perry responded with missing a beat ‘I hunt jobs I can bring back to Texas.’ “The focused answer resonated with the exec and everyone else who was in the room as he told the story, in sharp contrast w the annoyance tech execs feel about the slew of competitiveness destroying regulatory initiatives coming from the Administration. The fear for Obama and for Romney is that the ‘job-focused’ Perry is the one that the public comes to know and like in the next few months.”
A jobs-focused candidate will be a powerful opponent. Do you think that the 9.2% of all Americans who are looking for work are going to be voting on evolution? Or climate change?