Straw polls for the Republican Party presidential primaries, 2012

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Candidate Mitt Romney Rick Santorum
Home state Massachusetts Pennsylvania
Delegate count 1,575 245
Contests won 42[1] 11[1]
Popular vote 10,031,336[2] 3,932,069[2]
Percentage 52.1% 20.4%

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Candidate Ron Paul Newt Gingrich
Home state Texas Georgia
Delegate count 177 138
Contests won 1[1] 2[1]
Popular vote 2,095,795[2] 2,734,570[2]
Percentage 10.9% 14.2%

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A line graph showing the top 5 frontrunners in 2011 based on straw poll results.

This is a list of straw polls that have been conducted relating to the Republican presidential primaries, 2012.

Contents

Total Straw Poll Victories (Updated March 20, 2012)[edit]

Total Straw Poll Victories is as follows:

Rank Potential candidate Victories
1 Ron Paul 28
2 Herman Cain 17
3 Mitt Romney 8
4 Rick Santorum 3
5 Michele Bachmann 2
6 Rick Perry 2
7 Newt Gingrich 2
8 Other 4

Straw Poll Victories After Voting Started (Updated March 20, 2012)[edit]

The number of Straw Poll victories after voting started is as follows:

Rank Potential candidate Victories
1 Ron Paul 5 (55.6%)
2 Mitt Romney 3 (33.3%)
3 Newt Gingrich 0 (0%)

Straw polls taken before voting started[edit]

January 22, 2011, Derry, New HampshireNew Hampshire Straw Poll[edit]

Results from the 2011 New Hampshire Straw Poll were as follows:[3]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage
1 Mitt Romney 35%
2 Ron Paul 11%
3 Tim Pawlenty 8%
4 Sarah Palin 7%
5 Michele Bachmann 5%
6 Jim DeMint 5%
7 Herman Cain 4%
8 Chris Christie 3%
9 Rick Santorum 3%
10 Mitch Daniels 3%
11 Newt Gingrich 3%
12 Mike Huckabee 3%
13 Mike Pence 3%
14 Rudy Giuliani 2%
15 Judd Gregg 2%
16 Gary Johnson 1%
17 Donald Trump 1%
18 Haley Barbour 1%
19 Jon Huntsman Jr. 0%
20 John Thune 0%
Total 100% 273

February 10–12, 2011, Washington, D.C.CPAC Straw Poll[edit]

Results from the 2011 CPAC Straw Poll were as follows:[4]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 30%
2 Mitt Romney 23%
3 Gary Johnson 6%
4 Chris Christie 6%
5 Newt Gingrich 5%
6 Tim Pawlenty 4%
7 Michele Bachmann 4%
8 Mitch Daniels 4%
9 Sarah Palin 3%
10 Herman Cain 2%
11 Mike Huckabee 2%
12 Rick Santorum 2%
13 John Thune 2%
14 Jon Huntsman, Jr. 1%
15 Haley Barbour 1%
Other 5%
Total 100% 3,742

February 27, 2011, Phoenix, ArizonaTea Party Straw Polls[edit]

Results from the 2011 Tea Party Straw Poll were as follows:

Onsite Poll[edit]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Herman Cain 22%
2 Tim Pawlenty 16%
3 Ron Paul 15%
4 Sarah Palin 10%
5 Mitt Romney 6.5%
6 Michele Bachmann 5.6%
Other 24.9% 620

Online Poll[edit]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 49%
2 Herman Cain 12%
3 Sarah Palin 8.7%
? Tim Pawlenty 4.4%
Other 25.8% 996

Combined Polls[edit]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 36% 581
2 Herman Cain 16% 256
3 Sarah Palin 9.2% 149
4 Tim Pawlenty 8.8% 143
Other 30.1% 1616

March 6, 2011, Seaside, OregonDorchester Conference Straw Poll[edit]

Results from the 2011 Dorchester Conference Straw Poll were as follows:[5]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Mitch Daniels 29.33% 66
2 Mitt Romney 22.67% 51
3 Sarah Palin 18.22% 41
4 Mike Huckabee 10.22% 23
5 Newt Gingrich 6.22% 14
6 Ron Paul 4.89% 11
7 Tim Pawlenty 3.56% 8
8 Haley Barbour 2.67% 6
9 Donald Trump 1.78% 4
10 Barack Obama 0.44% 1

March 15, 2011, Washington, D.C.National League of Cities Straw Poll[edit]

Results from the 2011 National League of Cities Straw Poll were as follows:[6]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage
1 Mitt Romney 53%
2 Mike Huckabee 9%
3 Mitch Daniels 6%
4 Newt Gingrich 6%
5 Haley Barbour 3%
6 Donald Trump 3%
7 Chris Christie 3%
8 Jon Huntsman 3%
9 Sarah Palin 3%
10 Paul Ryan 3%
11 Ted Turner 3%
12 Joe Wilson 3%

The "50 or so votes" referenced in all articles on this ballot can only mean that there were either 32 or 64 votes given the percentages above (i.e. 3% of the vote is either 1 vote or 2 votes). Human estimation tendencies would lean towards the real answer being 64 votes.

March 20, 2011, Sacramento, California – Republican Liberty Caucus of California Presidential Straw Poll[edit]

Republican Liberty Caucus straw poll at the 2011 California Republican convention:[7]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 17.8% 36
2 Mitt Romney 10.9% 22
3 Sarah Palin 7.9% 16
4 Newt Gingrich 6.9% 14
5 Michele Bachmann 6.4% 13
6 Rudy Giuliani 5.4% 11
6 Mike Huckabee 5.4% 11
6 Tim Pawlenty 5.4% 11
9 Mitch Daniels 5.0% 10
9 Undecided 5.0% 10

Finishing with less than ten votes were, in order, John R. Bolton (8), Gary Johnson (7), Herman Cain (5), Haley Barbour (4), Rick Santorum (4), Jon Huntsman, Jr. (3), Donald Trump (3), Chris Christie (2), Jim DeMint (2), Marco Rubio (2), Scott Walker (2), Paul Ryan (1), Colin Powell (1), Allen West (1), Tom McClintock (1), Dana Perino (1), and None of the Above (1).[7]

March 31, 2011, Goffstown, New Hampshire - St. Anselm College Republicans Straw Poll[edit]

Karger wins St. Anselm straw poll

Finish Potential candidate Votes Percentage
1 Fred Karger 79 24.6%
2 Mitt Romney 74 23.0%
3 Donald Trump 26 8.1%
4 Ron Paul 24 7.4%
4 Tim Pawlenty 24 7.4%
6 Rudy Giuliani 22 6.8%
7 Rick Santorum 20 6.2%
8 Sarah Palin 9 2.8%
9 Herman Cain 8 2.5%
9 Gary Johnson 8 2.5%
9 Mike Huckabee 8 2.5%
10 Newt Gingrich 7 2.2%
11 Haley Barbour 3 0.9%
12 Mitch Daniels 2 0.6%
13 John Bolton 1 0.3%
13 Rand Paul 1 0.3%
Other 6 1.9%
TOTAL 322 100.0%

April 3, 2011, York County, South Carolina - South Carolina Straw Poll[edit]

South Carolina straw poll as part of the Grassroots SC campaign:[8]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Mike Huckabee 23%
2 Newt Gingrich 11%
3 Michele Bachmann 10%
4 Mitt Romney 8%
5 Donald Trump 7%
6 Tim Pawlenty 7%
- Total 100% 152

Also appearing on the ballot but failing to get more than 5% were, in alphabetical order, Haley Barbour, John R. Bolton, Herman Cain, Mitch Daniels, Jon Huntsman, Jr., Gary Johnson, Sarah Palin, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum.

April 15, 2011, Charleston County - Republican Party Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results: CNN[9]

Place Candidate Percentage Votes
1 Haley Barbour 22%
2 Mitt Romney 12%
3 Rick Santorum 11%
3 Donald Trump 10%
5 Michele Bachmann 9%
5 Mike Huckabee 9%
7 Ron Paul 6%
7 Herman Cain 6%
9 Tim Pawlenty 5%
10 Newt Gingrich
10 Sarah Palin
12 Mitch Daniels
13 John Bolton
Gingrich, Palin, Daniels, Bolton 10%
Total 100% 148

April 16, 2011, Georgia's 3rd congressional district - Georgia 3rd District Convention Straw Poll[edit]

Georgia straw poll as part of the 3rd District Republican convention:[10]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Herman Cain 17.3% 39
2 Newt Gingrich 17.3% 39
3 Mike Huckabee 15.6% 35
4 Donald Trump 13.8% 31
5 Chris Christie 8.9% 20
6 Mitt Romney 6.7% 15
7 Sarah Palin 4.4% 10
8 Michele Bachmann 3.6% 8
8 Tim Pawlenty 3.6% 8
10 Ron Paul 3.1% 7
Other 5.8% 13

May 5–6, 2011, Columbia, South Carolina – South Carolina Republican Party Convention presidential straw poll[edit]

Finish Candidate Votes Percentage
1 Santorum 150 37.5%
2 Romney 61 15.25%
3 Cain 44 11%
4 Trump 29 7.25%
5 Bachmann 22 5.5%
6 Christie 22 5.5%
7 Gingrich 16 4%
8 Huckabee 16 4%
9 Daniels 15 3.75%
10 Paul 8 2%
11 Pawlenty 7 1.75%
12 Palin 6 1.5%
13 Huntsman 4 1%

[11]

May 6, 2011, Washington state – Washington GOP 29th Annual Spring Gala straw poll[edit]

Finish Candidate Votes Percentage
1 Cain 54 16%
2 Romney 52 15%
3 Daniels 51 15%
4 Christie 39 12%
5 Pawlenty 28 9%
6 Ryan 22 7%
7 Gingrich 14 4%
8 Huckabee 14 4%
9 Giuliani 12 4%
10 Paul 10 3%
11 Trump 10 3%
12 Bachmann 9 3%
13 J. Bush 8 2%
14 Santorum 7 2%
TOTAL 330 100%

[12]

May 15, 2011, Kauai County, Hawaii – Hawaii GOP Presidential straw poll[edit]

Finish Candidate Percent
1 Cain 20.3%
2 Romney 13.6%
3 Gingrich 11.9%
3 Pawlenty 11.9%
3 Palin 11.9%
6 Bachmann 6.8%
7 Paul 3.4%
7 Giuliani 3.4%
7 Huckabee 3.4%
7 Trump 3.4%
11 Roemer 1.7%
11 Santorum 1.7%
11 Bolton 1.7%
11 Daniels 1.7%
11 Christie 1.7%

[13] Arithmetic shows 59 votes were canvassed in the straw poll (all rounded-percentages above are multiples of 1.69%).

June 16–18, 2011, New Orleans, LouisianaRepublican Leadership Conference Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results: Republican Leadership Conference[14]

Finish Candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 40.77% 612
2 Jon Huntsman 25.45% 382
3 Michele Bachmann 12.72% 191
4 Herman Cain 6.93% 104
5 Mitt Romney 4.93% 74
6 Newt Gingrich 4.60% 69
7 Rick Santorum 2.00% 30
8 Tim Pawlenty 1.20% 18
9 Gary Johnson 0.67% 10
10 Buddy Roemer 0.60% 9
11 Thad McCotter 0.13% 2

June 19, 2011, Clay County, Iowa - Republican Party Straw Poll[edit]

Finish Candidate Votes Percentage
1 Ron Paul 15 25%
2 Michele Bachmann 9 15%
3 Rick Santorum 8 14%
4 Rick Perry 6 10%
5 Herman Cain 5 8%
6 Thaddeus McCotter 4 7%
6 Tim Pawlenty 4 7%
6 Mitt Romney 4 7%
9 Newt Gingrich 2 3%
9 Sarah Palin 2 3%

[15]

July 22, 2011, Ohio Republican Party - Ohio Republican Party Presidential Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results: Politico[16]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Mitt Romney 25%
2 Tim Pawlenty 16%
3 Michele Bachmann 15%
4 Rick Perry (write-in) 14%
5 Ron Paul 9%
6 Herman Cain 5%
6 Rick Santorum 5%
8 Newt Gingrich 3%
9 Jon Huntsman Jr. 2%
- Other write-in 6%
- Total 100% 264

July 31, 2011, Denver, Colorado - Western Conservative Summit[edit]

Source of results:[17]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Herman Cain 48% 246
2 Rick Perry 13% 67
3 Rick Santorum 10% 50
4 Mitt Romney 10% 49
5 Michele Bachmann 9% 44
6 John Bolton 4% 20
7 Ron Paul 2% 12
8 Tim Pawlenty 1% 7
9 Sarah Palin 1% 5
10 Newt Gingrich 1% 3
11 Thaddeus McCotter 0% 2
12 Jon Huntsman Jr. 0% 1
13 Gary Johnson 0% 1
14 Paul Ryan 0% 1
15 Rudy Giuliani 0% 0
- Total 100% 508

August 4, 2011, Harrington, Delaware - Delaware State Fair GOP Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results:[18]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage
1 Michele Bachmann 18%
2 Rick Perry 15%
2 Mitt Romney 15%
4 Chris Christie 12%
- Total 100%

August 13, 2011, Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa - Iowa Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results: Washington Examiner and National Journal[19][20]

Place Candidate Votes Percentage
1 Michele Bachmann 4,823 28.6%
2 Ron Paul 4,671 27.7%
3 Tim Pawlenty 2,293 13.6%1
4 Rick Santorum 1,657 9.8%
5 Herman Cain 1,456 8.6%
6 Rick Perry (write-in)2 718 4.3%
7 Mitt Romney3 567 3.4%
8 Newt Gingrich 385 2.3%
9 Jon Huntsman 69 0.4%
10 Thaddeus McCotter 35 0.2%
Scattering 218 1.30%
Total 16,892 100%

^1 The day after the poll, on August 14, Tim Pawlenty announced his withdrawal from the race after his third-place finish.[21]

^2 Rick Perry, who was not on the poll ballot and only appeared as a write-in candidate, formally announced his candidacy while in South Carolina on the same day that the poll took place.[22]

^3 In June, two months before the poll, presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who had won the 2007 Ames Straw Poll, announced that he would skip the 2011 Ames Straw Poll.[23]

August 15, 2011, Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Wisconsin State Fair straw poll[edit]

Source of results:[24]

Place Candidate Percentage Votes
1 Rick Perry 36%
2 Ron Paul 23%
3 Michele Bachmann 18%
4 Sarah Palin 13%
5 Herman Cain 8%
6 Mitt Romney 2%
7 Jon Huntsman 0%
8 Rick Santorum 0%
Total 100%

August 20, 2011, New Hampshire - New Hampshire Young Republicans Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results: Hampton-NorthHamptonPatch[25]

Place Candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 45%
2 Mitt Romney 10%
3 Thaddeus McCotter 8%
3 Rick Perry 8%
5 Gary Johnson 6%
6 Michele Bachmann 5%
6 Herman Cain 5%
8 Rick Santorum3 3%
8 Buddy Roemer 3%
8 Jon Huntsman 3%
11 Newt Gingrich 1%
11 Paul Ryan 1%
11 Rudy Giuliani 1%
14 Fred Karger 0%
Scattering 1%
Total 100% 302

August 27, 2011, Georgia - Georgia State GOP Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results: Politico[26]

Place Candidate Percentage Votes
1 Herman Cain 26% 232
2 Ron Paul 25.7% 229
3 Rick Perry 20% 179
4 Newt Gingrich 18% 162
5 Mitt Romney 6% 51
6 Michele Bachmann 3% 29
7 Rick Santorum .4% 4
8 Jon Huntsman .3% 3
9 Thad McCotter .1% 1
10 Buddy Roemer 0% 0
10 Gary Johnson 0% 0
Total 100% 890

September 9, 2011, Maryland - Maryland GOP Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results: Republican Party of Maryland[27]

Place Candidate Percentage
1 Rick Perry 25.8%
2 Mitt Romney 21.2%
3 Ron Paul 16.8%
4 Michele Bachmann 12.5%
5 Sarah Palin 7.2%
6 Herman Cain 5.0%
7 Other/Write-in 4.4%
8 Newt Gingrich 2.3%
9 Jon Huntsman 2.2%
10 Buddy Roemer 0.5%
11 Gary Johnson 0.3%
11 Thad McCotter 0.3%
Total 100%

September 12, 2011 Cincinnati Tea Party Straw Poll[edit]

A straw poll was held at the September 12 Republican debate, to find out who the debate audience thought were the front runners, both before and after the debate. Before the debate, Ron Paul came first, Rick Perry came second, and Michele Bachmann came third. After the debate, Ron Paul was still first, Michele Bachmann came second, and Herman Cain came third.[28] CNN have not released the full results of this poll, instead holding an online poll which omitted Ron Paul from the choices. The winner of the online poll was Mitt Romney.

Pre-Debate Poll[edit]

Finish Candidate
1 Ron Paul
2 Rick Perry
3 Michele Bachmann

Post-Debate Poll[edit]

Finish Candidate
1 Ron Paul
2 Michele Bachmann
3 Herman Cain

September 16, 2011 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania straw poll[edit]

Former senator Rick Santorum won first place in a straw poll among Pennsylvania Republicans, winning 36% of the vote. Governor Mitt Romney won 25%, and Governor Rick Perry won 18%.[29]

September 17 California GOP Straw Poll[edit]

The California Republican Party held a straw poll in mid-September 2011, which was won by Ron Paul. The full results were:

Source of results: Politico[30]

Place Candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 44.9% 374
2 Rick Perry 29.3% 244
3 Mitt Romney 8.8% 74
4 Michele Bachmann 7.7% 64
5 Jon Huntsman 2.0% 17
6 Herman Cain 1.8% 15
7 Newt Gingrich 1.7% 14
8 Thad McCotter 0.8% 7
9 Rick Santorum 0.8% 7
10 Gary Johnson 0.2% 2
11 Fred Karger 0.1% 1
Write-ins 1.8% 15

September 24 Florida GOP Presidency 5 Straw Poll[edit]

The Florida Republican Party held a straw poll at the end of September 2011,[31] which was won by Herman Cain. Political analysts attributed Cain's win to Perry's poor debate performances, but others pointed to the fact that Cain won the Florida straw poll after campaigning in-person throughout the state more than Perry.[32]

The full results were:

Source of results:[33]

Place Candidate Percentage Votes
1 Herman Cain 37.11% 986
2 Rick Perry 15.43% 410
3 Mitt Romney 14.00% 372
4 Rick Santorum 10.88% 289
5 Ron Paul 10.39% 276
6 Newt Gingrich 8.43% 224
7 Jon Huntsman, Jr. 2.26% 60
8 Michele Bachmann 1.51% 40

September 23–25, 2011, Michigan Republican Party Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results:[34][35]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Mitt Romney 50.81% 346
2 Rick Perry 16.74% 114
3 Herman Cain 8.5% 58
4 Ron Paul 7.7% 52
5 Michele Bachmann 4% 27
6 Newt Gingrich 3.5% 24
7 Rick Santorum 3.4% 23
8 Jon Huntsman, Jr. 2% 13
9 Thaddeus McCotter 0.73% 5
Other 2.82% 19
Total 100% 681

October 1, 2011, National Federation of Republican Women Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results:[36][37]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Herman Cain 48.9%
2 Rick Perry 14.1%
3 Mitt Romney 13.3%
4 Newt Gingrich 12.5%
5 Rick Santorum 6.9%
6 Michele Bachmann 1.4%
7 Ron Paul 0.6%
8 Gary Johnson 0.4%
9 Jon Huntsman, Jr. 0.2%
Undecided 1.8%
Total 100% 505

October 1, 2011, TeaCon Midwest Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results:[38]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Herman Cain 77.5% 379
2 Michele Bachmann 9.4% 46
3 Newt Gingrich 3.8% 19
4 Rick Perry 3.0% 15
5 Mitt Romney 2.6% 13
6 Ron Paul 1.6% 9
7 Rick Santorum 1.4% 7
8 Barack Obama 0.2% 1
9 Gary Johnson 0.0% 0
10 Jon Huntsman, Jr. 0.0% 0
Total 100% 489

The vote for Obama was attributed to a vote by one of the media members present for the event by the announcer.[39]

October 3–9, 2011, South Carolina - Orangeburg County Fair Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results:[40]

Finish Potential candidate Votes Percentage
1 Herman Cain 2438 38.4%
2 Rick Perry 2292 36.1%
3 Mitt Romney 728 11.5%
4 Ron Paul 337 5.3%
5 Michele Bachmann 194 3.1%
6 Newt Gingrich 137 2.2%
7 Rick Santorum 107 1.7%
8 Sarah Palin 54 0.9%
9 Donald Trump 53 0.8%
10 Jon Huntsman Jr. 5 0.1%
11 Gary Johnson 2 0.0%
Total 6,347 100%

October 7–9, 2011, Washington, D.C.Values Voter Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results:[41]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 36.9% 732
2 Herman Cain 22.5% 447
3 Rick Santorum 16.3% 323
4 Rick Perry 8.4% 167
5 Michele Bachmann 7.9% 157
6 Mitt Romney 4.4% 88
7 Newt Gingrich 2.7% 54
8 Undecided 0.7% 13
9 Jon Huntsman 0.1% 2
Total 100% 1,983

October 8, 2011, Saint Paul, Minnesota - Republican Midwest Leadership Conference Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results:[42]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Herman Cain 52.6% 237
2 Michele Bachmann 12.2% 55
3 Mitt Romney 11.1% 50
4 Ron Paul 10.7% 48
5 Rick Perry 4.0% 18
6 Newt Gingrich 3.3% 15
7 Rick Santorum 2.0% 9
8 Jon Huntsman 0.9% 4
9 Gary Johnson 0.2% 1
Total 100% 450

October 13, 2011, Los Angeles County, California - RPLAC Straw Poll[edit]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 53.4% 55
2 Herman Cain 14.6% 15
3 Mitt Romney 12.6% 13
4 Newt Gingrich 5.8% 6
5 Michele Bachmann 4.9% 5
6 Rick Perry 3.9% 4
7 Gary Johnson 3.9% 4
8 Rick Santorum 1.0% 1
9 Jon Huntsman 0.0% 0
Total 100% 103

October 15, 2011, Columbia, South Carolina - Tea Party Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results:[43]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Herman Cain 55% 110
2 Newt Gingrich 14.5% 29
3 Michele Bachmann 8% 16
4 Mitt Romney 3% 6
5 Rick Perry 2% 4
6 Jon Huntsman 1% 2
Total 100% 200

Note: the percentages only add to 83.5% because results for 3 contenders (likely Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Gary Johnson) are unknown, but they polled somewhere in between Romney and Bachmann.

October 15, 2011, Bismarck, North Dakota - Tea Party Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results:[44]

Finish Candidate Percentage
1 Herman Cain 55.5%
2 Ron Paul 9%
3 Rick Perry 8%
Total 100%

October 18, 2011, Charleston, South Carolina - Charleston County Republican Party[edit]

Source of results:[45]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 51% 35
2 Rick Santorum 17% 12
3 Newt Gingrich 12% 8
4 Herman Cain 8% 5
5 Mitt Romney 5% 3
6 Michele Bachmann 3% 2
7 Rick Perry 2% 2
8 Jon Huntsman 0% 0
* Rudy Giuliani 1% 1
Total 100% 68

October 18, 2011, Mississippi College Straw poll[edit]

Source of results:[46]

Finish Candidate Percentage
1 Ron Paul 55%
2 Rick Perry 30%
3 Herman Cain 19%
4 Mitt Romney 17%
5 Michele Bachmann 6%
6 Gary Johnson 6%
7 Newt Gingrich 4%
8 Other 3%
Total 100%

October 21, 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada - Nevada GOP Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results:[47][48]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage (approx.) Votes
1 Herman Cain 31%
2 Mitt Romney 29%
3 Newt Gingrich 21%
4 Ron Paul 10%
5 Rick Perry 4%
Michele Bachmann 1%
Rick Santorum < 5%
Total > 550

October 22, 2011, Columbus, Ohio - Ohio GOP Swing State Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results:[49]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 53.50% 229
2 Herman Cain 25.47% 109
3 Mitt Romney 8.88% 38
4 Newt Gingrich 5.37% 23
5 Rick Perry 2.80% 12
6 Jon Huntsman, Jr 2.10% 9
7 Rick Santorum 0.93% 4
8 Michele Bachmann 0.47% 2
Write-in 0.47% 2
Total 100% 428

October 25, 2011, Anderson County, Tennessee - East Tennessee GOP straw poll[edit]

Source of results:[50]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage
1 Herman Cain 59%
2 Ron Paul 16%
3 Mitt Romney 11%
4 Michele Bachmann 5%
5 Newt Gingrich 4%
6 Rick Perry 3%
7 Rick Santorum 1%
8 Jon Huntsman 1%
Total 100%

October 29, 2011, Des Moines, Iowa - National Federation of Republican Assemblies Presidential Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results:[51]

Tally 1 (Iowa voters only):

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 82% 353
2 Herman Cain 14.7% 63
3 Rick Santorum 1% 5
4 Newt Gingrich 0.9% 4
5 Michele Bachmann 0.5% 2
5 Rick Perry 0.5% 2
7 Gary Johnson 0.2% 1
8 Mitt Romney 0.0% 0
8 Jon Huntsman 0.0% 0
Total 100% 430

Tally 2 (non-Iowa voters)

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 26% 26
2 Herman Cain 25% 25
3 Rick Santorum 16% 16
3 Rick Perry 16% 16
5 Newt Gingrich 11% 11
6 Michele Bachmann 6% 6
7 Mitt Romney 1% 1
8 Jon Huntsman 0% 0
8 Gary Johnson 0% 0
Total 100% 101

October 29, 2011, Tuscaloosa, Alabama - West Alabama Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results:[52]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Herman Cain 50.7% 176
2 Ron Paul 45% 156
3 Newt Gingrich 1.4% 5
3 Rick Perry 1.4% 5
5 Mitt Romney 0.9% 3
6 Gary Johnson 0.3% 1
6 Rick Santorum 0.3% 1
8 Michele Bachmann 0% 0
8 Jon Huntsman 0% 0
Total 100% 347

November 5, 2011, Illinois - Illinois Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results:[53]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 52% 1,907
2 Herman Cain 18% 670
3 Mitt Romney 14% 515
4 Newt Gingrich 9% 332
5 Rick Perry 2.5% 87
6 Jon Huntsman 1.5% 54
7 Rick Santorum 1.2% 43
8 Michele Bachmann 1.1% 41
Total 100% 3,649

November 5, 2011, Sioux Falls, South Dakota - South Dakota Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results:[54]
According to KSFY/ABC "dozens" of people participated in this straw poll. No definitive number was given.[55]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage
1 Herman Cain 35%
2 Newt Gingrich 23%
3 Mitt Romney 20%
4 Rick Perry 7%
5 Ron Paul 5%
6 Michele Bachmann 4%
7 Jon Huntsman 3%
8 Rick Santorum 3%
Total 100%

November 14, 2011, North Charleston, South Carolina - Charleston County Republican Party Straw Poll[edit]

Source of results:[56]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 38.26% 44
2 Newt Gingrich 28.70% 33
3 Herman Cain 13.04% 15
4 Rick Santorum 7.83% 9
5 Rick Perry 4.35% 5
6 Mitt Romney 3.48% 4
7 Michele Bachmann 1.74% 2
8 Other 1.74% 2
9 Jon Huntsman 0.87% 1
Total 100% 115

November 14, 2011, San Diego, California - San Diego GOP Straw poll[edit]

Source of results:[57]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 30.5% 112
2 Newt Gingrich 22.6% 83
3 Mitt Romney 17.4% 64
4 Herman Cain 16.1% 59
5 Rick Perry 5.7% 21
6 Gary Johnson 3.5% 13
7 Jon Huntsman 2.2% 8
8 Michele Bachmann 1.9% 7
9 Rick Santorum 0% 0
Total 100% 367

November 19, 2011, Springfield, Missouri - Missouri Tea Party Straw poll[edit]

Source of results:[58]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Herman Cain 32% 320
2 Ron Paul 28% 282
3 Newt Gingrich 28% 276
4 Mitt Romney 3% 32
5 Michele Bachmann 3% 31
6 Rick Perry 3% 30
7 Rick Santorum 1% 13
Other 2% 11
Total 100% 995

November 19, 2011, North Carolina - North Carolina Republican straw poll[edit]

Source of results:[59]

Finish Potential candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 52.2% 329
2 Newt Gingrich 22.1% 139
3 Herman Cain 13.3% 84
4 Mitt Romney 3.6% 23
5 Michele Bachmann 2.8% 18
6 Rick Perry 1.9% 12
6 Rick Santorum 1.9% 12
7 Jon Huntsman 0.6% 4
8 Gary Johnson 0.3% 2
9 Other 1.3% 7
Total 100% 630

November 19, 2011, Rockford, Illinois - Winnebago County GOP straw poll[edit]

Source of results:[60]

Finish Potential candidate Votes Percentage
1 Newt Gingrich 32 32.7%
2 Ron Paul 20 20.4%
3 Herman Cain 17 17.3%
4 Mitt Romney 15 15.3%
5 Michele Bachmann 8 8.2%
6 Rick Perry 4 4.1%
7 Jon Huntsman 1 1.0%
7 Rick Santorum 1 1.0%
Total 98 100.0%

December 1, 2011, Dubuque, Iowa - Dubuque Tea Party straw poll[edit]

Source of results:[61]

Finish Candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 71% 59
2 Newt Gingrich 29% 24
Total 100% 83

Note: This was an unusual straw poll in which voter's preferences were matched against each other for five rounds, with the less popular candidate being removed at each stage. There were initially 6 available choices, which were whittled down to two, with the final result being as shown above.

December 5, 2011, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Oklahoma GOP straw poll[edit]

Source of results:[62]

Finish Candidate Percent
1 Ron Paul 46%
2 Herman Cain 25%
3 Newt Gingrich 17%
4 Mitt Romney 6%
5 Rick Perry 3%
6 Michele Bachmann 2%
7 Rick Santorum 1%
8 Gary Johnson <1%
Total 100%

December 8, 2011, Chatanooga, Tennessee - Hamilton County Young Republican straw poll[edit]

Source of results:[63]

Finish Candidate Percent
1 Newt Gingrich 50%
2 Ron Paul 20%
3 Mitt Romney 12%
4 Rick Perry 10%
5 Michele Bachmann 4%
6 Jon Huntsman 3%
7 Rick Santorum 1%
Total 100%

December 10, 2011, Des Moines, IADrake University Straw Poll[edit]

Results from the 2011 Drake University Straw Poll were as follows:[64][65]

Finish Candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 35% 429
2 Mitt Romney 25% 311
3 Newt Gingrich 10% 128
4 Jon Huntsman 8% 98
5 Other 8% 98
6 Rick Perry 5% 63
7 Michele Bachmann 3% 37
8 Rick Santorum 2% 29
9 Fred Karger 1% 12
10 Gary Johnson 1% 11
11 Buddy Roemer 1% 7
Total 100% 1,223

The poll was distributed to Drake students via email to coincide with the December 10 Republican presidential debate, held on campus.

December 13, 2011, Pasco County, Florida – Pasco County GOP straw poll[edit]

Results:[66]

Finish Candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 68% 171
2 Newt Gingrich 20% 51
3 Mitt Romney 12% 30
Total 100% 252

December 13, 2011, Cedar Valley, Iowa – Cedar Falls Tea Party Straw Poll[edit]

Results:[67]

Finish Candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 72% 60
2 Rick Santorum 11% 9
3 Newt Gingrich 6% 5
4 Michele Bachmann 4% 3
5 Jon Huntsman 4% 3
6 Mitt Romney 2% 2
7 Rick Perry 1% 1
Total 100% 83

Straw polls taken after voting started[edit]

January 2–4, 2012, Online - Idaho Straw Poll[edit]

Results:[68]

Finish Candidate Percentage
1 Ron Paul 73.53%
2 Rick Santorum 8.09%
3 Newt Gingrich 7.35%
4 Mitt Romney 5.15%
5 Barack Obama 3.68%
6 Gary Johnson 1.47%
7 Rick Perry 0.74%
8 Jon Huntsman 0.00%
9 Michele Bachmann 0.00%
Total 100%

January 6, 2012, Boise, Idaho – Idaho Republican Party Presidential Straw Poll[edit]

Results:[69]

Finish Candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 43% 173
2 Mitt Romney 34% 135
3 Newt Gingrich 12% 47
4 Rick Santorum 10% 40
5 Jon Huntsman 1% 4
Total 100% 399

Note: Rick Perry's campaign asked not to be included on Straw Poll Ballot.

January 14, 2012: Saddle Up Texas straw poll[edit]

Results:[70]

Paper ballots:

Finish Candidate Percentage
1 Ron Paul 27.9%
2 Newt Gingrich 23.8%
3 Rick Santorum 21.2%
4 Rick Perry 19.4%
5 Mitt Romney 6.6%
6 Jon Huntsman 1.1%
Total 707

Text message voting:

Finish Candidate Percentage
1 Ron Paul 54.4%
2 Rick Santorum 15.6%
4 Rick Perry 13.3%
3 Newt Gingrich 11.9%
5 Mitt Romney 4.2%
6 Jon Huntsman 0.5%
Total 3300

January 20, 2012: Connecticut GOP straw poll[edit]

Results:[71]

Finish Candidate Percentage
1 Mitt Romney 29%
2 Newt Gingrich 28%
3 Ron Paul 26%
4 Rick Santorum 11%
5 Other 6%
Total 100%

January 28, 2012, Arizona Republican Party Presidential Straw Poll[edit]

Results:[72]

Finish Candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 85% 256
2 Newt Gingrich 6.6% 20
3 Mitt Romney 5.6% 17
4 Rick Santorum 2.7% 8
Total 100% 301

February 2–4, 2012, Online – Idaho Straw Poll II[edit]

Results:[73]

Finish Candidate Percentage
1 Mitt Romney 45.39%
2 Ron Paul 42.70%
3 Rick Santorum 4.49%
4 Newt Gingrich 3.82%
5 Barack Obama 3.15%
6 Other 0.45%
Total 100%

February 10–12, 2012, Washington, D.C. – CPAC Straw Poll[edit]

Results:[74][75][76]

Finish Candidate Percentage Votes
1 Mitt Romney 38% ~1295
2 Rick Santorum 31% ~1056
3 Newt Gingrich 15% ~511
4 Ron Paul 12% ~409
Total 100% 3408

February 18, 2012, Coweta County Republican Presidential Straw Poll[edit]

Results:[77]

Finish Candidate Percentage Votes
1 Rick Santorum 40.0% 38
2 Newt Gingrich 27.4% 26
3 Ron Paul 17.9% 17
4 Mitt Romney 5.3% 5
5 Jeb Bush 1.1% 1
6 Sarah Palin 1.1% 1
7 Other 4.2% 4
8 Undecided 3.2% 3
Total 100% 95

March 1–3, 2012, Online - Idaho Straw Poll III[edit]

Results:[78]

Candidate Totals[edit]

Finish Candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 51.37% 525
2 Mitt Romney 35.03% 358
3 Gary Johnson 3.91% 40
4 Rick Santorum 3.23% 33
5 Virgil Goode 2.84% 29
6 Buddy Roemer 1.96% 20
7 Newt Gingrich 0.98% 10
8 Barack Obama 0.49% 5
9 Other 0.2% 2
Total 100% 1022

Zip Code Totals[edit]

Zip Code Ron Paul Mitt Romney Gary Johnson Rick Santorum Virgil Goode Buddy Roemer Newt Gingrich Barack Obama Other Total
83201 90 20 21 1 13 9 0 1 1 156
83642 11 46 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 58
83709 21 24 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 51
83440 20 19 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 40
83401 7 26 0 6 0 0 1 0 0 40
83202 15 3 9 0 8 2 0 0 0 37
83705 10 14 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 27
83646 5 19 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 27
83704 18 6 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 26
83714 14 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23
83713 16 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 21
83706 10 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 21
83350 0 20 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 21
83702 14 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19
83402 0 16 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 18
83204 12 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 17
83203 9 0 4 0 3 1 0 0 0 17
83406 4 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15
83616 4 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15
83814 11 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 14
Zip Code Ron Paul Mitt Romney Gary Johnson Rick Santorum Virgil Goode Buddy Roemer Newt Gingrich Barack Obama Other Total
83815 11 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 13
83205 8 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 13
83318 2 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 13
83654 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12
83835 10 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 12
83687 5 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12
83301 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11
83206 5 0 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 11
83843 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 10
83686 8 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 10
83651 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 10
83605 6 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 10
83607 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10
83404 0 9 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 10
83703 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
83712 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
83634 2 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 8
83274 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
83221 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
83648 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Zip Code Ron Paul Mitt Romney Gary Johnson Rick Santorum Virgil Goode Buddy Roemer Newt Gingrich Barack Obama Other Total
83858 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
83716 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
83501 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
83544 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
83701 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 4
83801 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
83861 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
83435 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
83200 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4
83655 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4
83669 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
83254 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
83263 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
83316 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
83338 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
83434 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
83638 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
83639 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
83876 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
83226 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Zip Code Ron Paul Mitt Romney Gary Johnson Rick Santorum Virgil Goode Buddy Roemer Newt Gingrich Barack Obama Other Total
83837 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
83220 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
83442 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
83241 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
83451 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
83619 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
83210 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
83229 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
83237 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
83278 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
83420 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
83546 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
83647 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
83846 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
83854 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
83864 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
83873 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
83211 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
83617 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
83223 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Zip Code Ron Paul Mitt Romney Gary Johnson Rick Santorum Virgil Goode Buddy Roemer Newt Gingrich Barack Obama Other Total
83336 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
83213 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83234 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83261 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83262 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83281 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83340 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83452 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83455 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83460 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83530 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83549 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83604 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83611 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83612 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83628 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83629 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83631 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83660 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83676 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Zip Code Ron Paul Mitt Romney Gary Johnson Rick Santorum Virgil Goode Buddy Roemer Newt Gingrich Barack Obama Other Total
83680 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83707 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83850 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83857 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83869 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83870 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83877 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83335 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
83346 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83427 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83448 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83462 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
83632 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Totals 525 358 40 33 29 20 10 5 2 1022

City Totals[edit]

City Ron Paul Mitt Romney Gary Johnson Rick Santorum Virgil Goode Buddy Roemer Newt Gingrich Barack Obama Other Total
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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