PPP has a Republican primary poll that makes it clear that the Republican primary is becoming a two-track race: the flat-earthers are flocking to Perry while the more reality-based ones favor Romney (though narrowly).
–Romney leads Perry 23–18 among GOP voters who believe in global warming…but that’s only 27% of them. With the 62% who don’t believe in it Perry’s up 38–14. One interesting note on those numbers- Perry’s favorability with Republicans who believe in global warming is 37/50. Are those folks going to vote for him in the general election if he ends up as the nominee?
–With Republicans who don’t think Barack Obama is a Socialist Romney leads Perry 26–13…but with the 71% who do think Obama is a Socialist Perry is ahead 35–16.
The dynamics on nearly all the issues surveyed favor Perry, except for one, Social Security. You can see why Romney is going after this issue.
–Only 33% of Republicans agree with Perry that Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme. But he’s really running up the score with those who do, leading 40 to 15. That makes up for the fact that he has only a 24–23 advantage on Romney with voters who disagree with him on that front.
I doubt that 33% percent goes so heavily for Perry because they think Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, they wouldn’t know what the fuck a Ponzi scheme is (they got the metric system), they just like Perry and back him on it.