Buoyed by his recent entry into the 2012 presidential contest, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has jumped past former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and leads the GOP field for the first time, according to a new Gallup poll of Republican voters.
The national survey showed Perry leading Romney by a double-digit margin—29% to 17%. It also found that Michele Bachmann got no significant bounce from her victory in an Iowa straw poll, which was overshadowed by Perry’s announcement speech the same day.
The odd part, further down the story:
The new national poll showed Perry doing particularly well among Southerners, voters over 65 and those who attend church weekly. He outperformed Romney among all age groups and among those who describe themselves as conservatives, a key GOP primary group.