Gallup: Perry Now Leads Bachmann, Romney by 21 Points Among Tea Party Supporters

By Terence P. Jeffrey | August 26, 2011 | 3:37 PM EDT

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

( - Self-identified Tea Party supporters are more likely to support Texas Gov. Rick Perry for the Republican presidential nomination than they are to support former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or Rep. Michele Bachmann, according to a Gallup poll released today.

From Aug. 17-21, Gallup surveyed 1,040 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. Fifty-eight percent of these respondents described themselves as Tea Party supporters.

Among these Republican and Republican-leaning Tea Party supporters, 35 percent said they supported Perry for the Republican presidential nomination, 14 percent said they supported Bachmann and 14 percent said they supported Romney.

Rep. Ron Paul was in fourth place in this poll, with 12 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning Tea Party supporters saying they supported him for the Republican nomination.

Herman Cain had the support of 6 percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had the support of 5 percent, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum had the support of 3 percent, and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman had the support of 1 percent.

Two percent of the Tea Party supporters said they supported another candidate than the ones named above, and 8 percent said they had no preference.

Among the overall group of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents polled, Perry was not only the top choice among those who said their top issue was business and the economy, but also among those who said their top issue was government spending and power, and among those who said their top issue was social and moral issues.

Perry led Romney, 25 to 19 among those who said business and the economy was their top issue; 31 to 17 among those who said government spending and power was their top issue; and 38 to 15 among those who said moral and social issues were their top concern.

Thirty-eight percent of the respondents told Gallup that business and the economy is now their top issue, 36 percent said government spending and power, 15 percent said moral and social issues, and 9 percent said national security and foreign policy.