Cain's Poll Numbers Head South

Meanwhile, Gingrich surging, Ron Paul suddenly strong
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2011 11:13 AM CST
Cain's Poll Numbers Head South
Herman Cain talks to reporters before greeting supporters at a fund raising event before an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings, Nov. 14, 2011, in Green Bay, Wis.   (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

(Newser) – For the most part, people who liked Herman Cain before his sexual harassment scandal still like him—but they’re pretty much the only ones. According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, Cain’s unfavorability rating has shot up 17 points, with 44% of the public viewing him negatively and only 29% viewing him positively. “The results suggest that essentially everyone who’s formed an opinion of Cain in the past month has done so negatively,” ABC explains.

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What does all this mean for the race? Well, Cain still looks relatively strong in Public Policy Polling’s latest numbers, but he’s been overtaken by Newt Gingrich, who leads with 28% to Cain’s 25%—Mitt Romney trails both with 18%. Bloomberg has an even more shocking result, showing a four-way dead heat between Cain, Gingrich, Romney, and—yes, really—Ron Paul, who got a whopping 19%. Of course, Paul took only 5% in PPP’s poll, so Bloomberg’s number may be an outlier. (Read more Herman Cain stories.)

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