From Public Policy Polling, this is really bad news for Rick Perry -- although at this point it cannot be unexpected:
Rick Perry's Presidential campaign is doing about as bad in Texas now as it is everywhere else in the country. When PPP last polled the state in September he was at 49%, leading Mitt Romney by 39 points. Now Perry's support has declined by 31 points, leaving him in 3rd place at 18%. Mitt Romney at 24% and Newt Gingrich at 23% lead the way with Rick Santorum at 15%, Ron Paul at 12%, and Buddy Roemer at 0% rounding out the field behind Perry.
What might be most shocking on this poll is that Romney edges Perry 46-45 if Republican voters had to pick just between the two of them. When we asked that identical question four monhs ago Perry led Romney 72-18. There's been a 55 point shift in Romney's direction.
The head-to-head question is really the coup de grace for Perry's campaign. Perry's supporters passionate argue that he is a substantive candidate who only puts people off with his Texas swagger. The former is a debatable proposition, but this poll result appears to falsify the latter.
If Texas isn't supporting Perry in a head-to-head with Romney, he seems to be out of the race for the nomination already.
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