Most analysts and viewers seem to agree that Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann appeared to gain the most from Monday night’s CNN Republican New Hampshire debate and a new poll out today confirms she is seeing a bounce in support. According to Rasmussen, the latest numbers show great gains for Bachmann and Herman Cain as well.

Top 3 according to Rasmussen: Romney – 33%, Bachmann – 19%, Cain – 10%

Full report from Rasmussen:

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney continues to lead the race for the Republican nomination, but Michele Bachmann has surged into second place following her Monday night entry into the campaign.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely GOP Primary Voters, taken following the candidates’ Monday night debate, shows Romney earning 33% support, with Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann a surprise second at 19%. Georgia businessman Herman Cain is in third place with 10% of the vote.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich picks up nine percent (9%) support, followed by Texas Congressman Ron Paul with seven percent (7%), ex-Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty at six percent (6%) and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum also earning six percent (6%). Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, who did not participate in the debate but is expected to announce his candidacy on Tuesday, gets two percent (2%) of the vote. Eight percent (8%) prefer some other candidate.

Romney and Bachmann are tied among primary voters who say they are Tea Party members, with 26% support each. Romney holds a 36% to 16% lead over the congresswoman among non-members. Most primary voters regard all the candidates with the exception of Huntsman as conservative, but Bachmann is seen as the most conservative.

It is not surprising that Bachmann is seeing some increased support, she was able to hold her own on the stage and captured a lot of audience support. We’ll see what happens in the coming weeks, however, if she continues to stay near 2nd or 3rd in national polls, that could seriously indicate she is a real contender in the Iowa caucuses since Romney has essentially pulled out.

Also showing strong here is Herman Cain. To beat out a favorite like Pawlenty speaks volumes for the progress Cain has made with building a national profile. Clearly he as awakened many Republican primary voters to his candidacy and they like what they see.


  1. Governor Gary Johnson is the candidate to beat obama! CNN and obama are scared to let Gary Johnson in the debate.. He is a breath of fresh air compared to the other republican candidates. Its really hard for CNN to paint a pro-choice pro-gay rights, anti war GOP candidate who wants to legalize marijuana as a right wing extremist. I believe Governor Gary Johnson is Obamas biggest threat. His socially liberal stances will be attractive to democrat and independent voters. Not to mention he was a very successful two term(that’s one more term than mitt romney) republican Governor in new mexico a state that is 2 to 1 democrat. He left office with a billion dollar surplus and was arguably the most fiscally conservative governor ever. He is a true Statesman and practices good stewardship of your tax dollars. He also will not engage in mud slinging or name calling. He ran two campaigns in NM where he never mentioned his opponent. He will stick to the issues and not try to blame obama. I met Gary Johnson twice last year in my state of MO.. Once when he spoke at UMKC and another event he spoke at Missouri Southern State University. in Joplin Mo. He took the time to answer all my questions and sincerely listened to my concerns.. He is obviously working harder than the other candidates! For this he has earned my vote and support! If you have not heard of Governor Gary Johnson, Google him!

  2. That poll was based on what 54 people thought. It was not even a cnn poll. In fact cnn’s own real poll shows Ron Paul won the debate with 75%!

  3. To Jonathan Dine – Of course Gary Johnson was popular in his mostly Democrat state, he is a Democrat by heart and a RINO by reality. Of course Dems would love him. But this is a Republican primary and those of us who are loathe to the Democrat values and policies are not going to jump for joy at someone not much better than BO. It is folly to think that our current economic difficulties are totally independent of our social decline. They are much interdependent. The country needs to regain its moral base and have a vision beyond each one’s own personal material and sensual gratification or else it deserves to fail. It’s hard for me to say this but I believe Gary Johnson would be worse than BO and that’s pretty bad.

  4. That’s right- nearly every poll that I have seen shows Paul ahead by a ton and then suddenly he’s not even in the top three?!!? Watch the speaking times given to the candidate before King started his Ummm barrage, Romney is given the longest response times by far and more chances for comment. Look back at the 2008 debates and see the same thing done with McCain… we’re not trying to influence the primarys are we?

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