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Perry Impresses NH Republicans

Latest Power Outsiders poll shows that influential members of the GOP in New Hampshire and two other early-voting states think Texas governor can beat President Obama.

Influential Republicans in New Hampshire and two other early-voting states have a generally positive impression of Rick Perry and think the Texas governor stands a good chance of unseating President Barack Obama.

According to a survey of GOP leaders in New Hampshire and two other early-voting states, 58 percent of the 159 people responding used positive terms when asked to describe Perry in one word. The most frequent words were "leader," "impressive," "decisive," "charismatic," "confident, "electable" and "winner."

Less than a quarter of the responses (24 percent) were negative, including "slick," "fake" and "arrogant." Another 17 percent used neutral or descriptive terms, and 1 percent were unsure or did not answer.

The Patch-Huffington Post Power Outsiders poll of Republican voters in New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina was conducted prior to  in California, Perry's first as a presidential candidate.

Those polled said they were impressed with Perry in three specific areas. Three out of four describe Perry as someone who takes stands they agree with (75 percent), is ready to be president (77 percent) and can beat Obama in the general election (76 percent). Only a small handful (14 percent on each of the three questions) say these phrases do not describe Perry well.

"I think Rick Perry would make a fine president," said one influential New Hampshire Republican. "He has shown good leadership and the ability to work with a mixed house in Austin. I think Perry CAN beat Obama, but factors that will drive that are the economy (unemployment, fuel costs, etc.), as it is Obama’s race to lose."

Another GOP insider said comparisons to former President George W. Bush could hurt Perry.

"I'm pretty sure folks will not want to go back to another Bush presidency in Perry. Bush was a disaster, followed by a bigger disaster. We cannot keep up this trend if our nation is to survive."

Each week, our local Patch editors will be asking influential New Hampshire Republicans questions about the presidential campaign, and we'll report the results here.

We’re still looking to expand our list of influential members of both parties in New Hampshire. If you’d like to participate, email marc.fortier@patch.com and we’ll connect you with the appropriate Patch reporter.

John St Croix September 08, 2011 at 04:26 PM
They apparently have not done their homework. The Texas Tea Party does not endorse him due to his terrible record. http://liberalrickperry.wordpress.com/
John St Croix September 08, 2011 at 04:27 PM
Also, this http://www.insideriowa.com/index.cfm?nodeID=17818&audienceID=1&action=display&newsID=14393
Regina Concord September 09, 2011 at 06:07 PM
Perry seems to be better than Romney, a Republican from Massachusetts. Sorry to all those Salem Republicans from Lawrence.
Tom Linehan September 11, 2011 at 10:25 PM
I saw Rick Perry last week. First of all the main reason some in the Tea Party are not all that keen on Perry is his moderate stand on immigration among other issues. He has a long, successful record in elected office. He is well spoken. He is not the radical many have claimed. He can beat Obama. He is also a very young 61 years old man. He looks more like an athlete than a politician.
Jan Schmidt September 12, 2011 at 11:19 AM
Texas burns while he cut funds to fire departments... big cuts, while some departments - even the volunteers - have to buy their own hoses and safety equipment! He thinks a "jobs miracle" is when people get jobs warehousing goods brought in from other countries... at minimum wage. This is the future of America, working in a warehouse? and the biggest one... "Here is the real story of Social Security in one sentence: It is underfunded and badly needs to be modernized but even if Washington does nothing, young people will receive three-quarters of their promised benefits. And last I looked, three-quarters of promised benefits falls somewhat short of a “monstrous lie.”"

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