A new poll conducted for a pro-Rick Perry super PAC shows the Texas governor taking a small lead in the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses.
The Wilson Perkins Allen poll of 402 likely caucus-goers, conducted for the pro-Perry Makes Us Great Again super PAC, shows Perry leading Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) within the margin of error, 23 percent to 20 percent. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney follows in third place at 16 percent.
Among other candidates, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) is at 9 percent, businessman Herman Cain is at 8 percent, former senator Rick Santorum is at 7 percent, former House speaker Newt Gingrich is at 3 percent and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman is at 2 percent.
The poll also shows Perry leading the way when respondents were asked to name the candidate they felt would be best at creating jobs and improving the country’s economy, and also the candidate with the best chance to beat President Obama.
Perry’s lead expands slightly when you look only at voters who describe themselves as “very conservative” and “tea party conservatives.” Perry leads Bachmann 30 percent to 23 percent among the “very conservative” respondents and 30 percent to 22 percent among tea party supporters.
Until now, Bachmann has held a clear lead in early Iowa polls.
The new poll suggests not only that Perry has eaten into her support, but also that it has put Romney in a better position to compete in the state.