Depending on which poll you read, either former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney or former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012.
Reuters/Ipsos has Romney leading Cain 23 to 20 percent while NBC/Wall Street Journal has Cain in front of Romney.
Both polls show significant gains for Cain in recent weeks while Romney’s support remains relatively static. Reuters/Ipsos shows Texas Congressman Ron Paul a distant third and former frontrunner Rick Perry continuing his rapid slide and fading to fourth. NBC/WSJ has Perry third and Paul fourth.
While Romney maintains his lead in one poll, his support is considered “soft” by both polling organizations.
“He’s not really a dominant figure at this point,” says Ipsos polling director Chris Jackson of Romney.
The NBC/WSJ poll shows Cain at 27 percent and Romney at 23 while Perry lags far behind at 16. Perry has dropped 38 percent in recent weeks while Cain has surged from five percent — a gain of 22 points.