Poll: Ohio GOP Voters Prefer Romney, Perry A Close 2nd

The latest poll shows Ohio GOP voters prefer Romney most out of all the candidates, but would pick Rick Perry over Romney in a head-to-head race.(Photo: Dave Delay (Flickr))
The latest poll shows Ohio GOP voters prefer Romney most out of all the candidates, but would pick Rick Perry over Romney in a head-to-head race.(Photo: Dave Delay (Flickr))

A new poll of Ohio Republican voters says former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is the most popular GOP presidential candidate, but Texas Governor Rick Perry would beat Romney in a head-to-head race.

Among all contenders in the poll from Quinnipiac University, nine percent of voters prefer former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, followed by businessman Herman Cain at seven percent, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul at six, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich each at four percent, and Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann at three percent.

In a poll on the 2012 general election, Ohio voters slightly prefer President Obama to both Romney and Perry, although 53 percent of voters disapprove of the President’s job performance and 51 percent say he doesn’t deserve re-election.

In Ohio’s U.S. Senate race, Sherrod Brown holds a double-digit lead over both Republican candidates, former state Senator Kevin Couglin and Ohio treasurer Josh Mandel.

The poll also highlights the hot-button issue of Social Security. Democrats overwhelmingly support raising the ceiling for taxable Social Security income, while nearly half of Republican respondents liken the program to a Ponzi scheme.

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