Politics & Policy

Bachmann Falls to Fifth Place


Newt Gingrich has passed up Michele Bachmann to land in fourth place in a new poll from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.

Full results from the poll: Rick Perry (31 percent), Mitt Romney (18 percent), Ron Paul (11 percent), Gingrich (10 percent), Bachmann (9 percent), Herman Cain (8 percent), and  Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum (2 percent).

If the race was between just Perry and Romney, 49 percent would back Perry and 37 percent Romney. Fourteen percent are undecided.

Eighty percent of GOP voters surveyed support capital punishment, but only 22 percent believe it’s appropriate to cheer about the executions of convicted murderers, as some members of the audience did during the Reagan Library debate last week.

A third agree that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, as Perry has called it, while 53 percent disagree.

The poll’s margin of error is 4.4 percentage points.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...


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