Gallup: Herman Cain Has Highest ‘Favorable Rating’ in GOP Field

By Terence P. Jeffrey | November 2, 2011 | 12:54 PM EDT

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain holding up a muffin decorated with 9-9-9, the motto of his tax reform plan, while speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Pable Martinez Monsivais)

( - In a Gallup survey completed on the same day that Politico reported that two unnamed female employees had accused Herman Cain of “sexually suggestive behavior” while Cain was head of the National Restaurant Association, Cain had the highest “favorable rating” of any Republican presidential candidate.

In the 14-day period from Oct. 17-30, Gallup asked approximately 1,500 Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents whether they had a strongly favorable, favorable, unfavorable or strongly unfavorable view of each GOP candidate.

Cain’s overall favorable rating was 76 percent, with 44 percent saying they had a favorable view of him and 32 percent saying they had a strongly favorable view of him.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was second with an overall favorable rating of 70 percent, with 54 percent saying they had a favorable view of him and 16 percent saying they had a very favorable view.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was third at 64 percent, Texas Gov. Rick Perry was fourth at 63 percent, former Sen. Rick Santorum was fifth with 58 percent, Rep. Ron Paul was sixth with 57 percent, and Rep. Michele Bachmann was seventh with 56 percent.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who was eighth at 47 percent, was the only GOP candidate with a favorable rating below 50 percent.