Thirty-six percent, for example, see him as the strongest leader in the field, with Romney second at 21 percent. According to the poll, 35 percent say Perry is the Republican candidate most likely to get the economy moving again, with Romney in second at 26 percent.This helps explain why Mitt Romney is making such desperate and dishonest attacks on Perry. Romney thought he was the "next guy" who would get the nomination and Perry has really crapped on his parade.
Nearly three in ten say that Perry is the candidate who is most likely to fight for his beliefs, with Palin in second place at 23 percent and, significantly, Romney in a distant tie for fourth at just 11 percent.
But Perry's biggest strength may be the electability factor, with 42 percent saying he has the best chance of beating Obama next year. Some 26 percent say Romney has the best chance of defeating the president....
And despite Romney's attacks on Perry's Social Security comments, Perry leads Romney by 35 points among seniors. Seniors aren't idiots.