Pitting Barack Obama against Republican Herman Cain, 61% of Republicans, at this early stage, say they would vote for Herman Cain. Here is the key question, asked correctly (I love that about Rasmussen): “Okay, what if the Republicans nominate Herman Cain? If the 2012 Presidential Election were held today would you vote for Republican Herman Cain or Democrat Barack Obama?” The options for the vote were Cain, Obama, Some other candidate and Not sure.” Sixty-one percent said they would vote for Herman Cain, 14% for “Some other candidate,” and 14% for “Not sure.” This was a telephone survey of “likely voters.” Among Republicans only, 18% want the option to vote for someone other than Cain, and 11% are “not sure.”
I’m not the best analyst out here, but what this shows me is, more than a year before the 2012 elections, Republicans want a Conservative, and they want ‘not Obama.’
The following is the opinion of “unaffiliated voters.” I’m assuming that means Independents, and they want a Conservative also:
Among unaffiliated voters, 33% prefer Cain, 31% Obama, and 36% aren’t ready to commit to either candidate.