August 16, 2011
"In the first major poll since Rick Perry became an official candidate for president, the Texas governor has jumped to a double-digit lead over his two biggest rivals for the GOP nomination, Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of likely Republican primary voters, taken Monday night, finds Perry with 29 percent support. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, got 18 percent of the vote, while Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who won the high-profile Ames Straw Poll in Iowa on Saturday, picks up 13 percent.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Lake Jackson, who was a close second to Bachmann in the straw poll, garnered 9 percent support. Sixteen percent of primary voters remain undecided."