This poll is very similar to a national PPP poll that come out yesterday which also found Cain in the lead. According to PPP, Cain is at 30 percent and Romney is at 22 percent.
It is hard for me to believe Cain, a man with no political experience, will hold his current front runner position for long. He lacks a large campaign structure and the NBC/WSJ poll found that Romney is the only top tier Republican candidate who is not currently trailing President Obama by double digits in a general election match up. Yet in this strange political climate I will accept that almost anything is possible, especially because the poll also found potential primary voters care more about having a nominee that shares their views than having one that can beat Obama. According to the poll, 46 percent said it was most important to select “a candidate who comes closest to your views on issues” while only 20 percent said it was most important to select “a candidate with best chance to defeat Barack Obama.”
While Mitt Romney has again been denied the top slot in their national polling, the poll does contain one piece of very good news for Romney. If the Republican field was reduced to just Romney and Perry, Romney would actually win 54 percent to 39 percent. There had been the belief that Perry, with his large campaign war chest may still win the nomination if he could outlast all the other candidates, make it a two person race, and consolidate the anti-Romney vote. It appears, at this point though, that the anti-Perry vote is even larger than the anti-Romney vote.