Conservative women are now supporting Herman Cain’s presidential bid, even over Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, according to the group Concerned Women for America (CWA).
The most recent online polling of the group shows that 36.3 percent of its members favor Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. Trailing Cain in a distant second is Palin, the former governor of Alaska, at 9.7 percent.
“Deep doubts about Mitt Romney continue as now Cain has almost pulled even with Romney on the question of who do people think will win the nomination,” said Penny Nance, CEO of CWA’s Legislative Action Committee. “That is a significant shift from previous surveys which showed while most preferred someone else, they thought Romney would win. The ground is shifting.”
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is favored by 8.6 percent of the women, while Texas Gov. Rick Perry is at 8.4 percent, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is at 8.3 percent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is at 6.6 percent and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — who said Tuesday he won’t run for president — is at 5.3 percent.
The group has been doing online polling of its members since August. The group said 1,230 people were included in the survey.
Romney still leads the poll in terms of who the women think will actually win the nomination, with 23.1 percent. Cain places second, with 20.3 percent of the members.