Shock poll from Zogby: Rick Perry 41%, Mitt Romney 12%, Ron Paul 11%

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In his first polling test against other announced Republican candidates for President, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is far ahead of the field with 41%, more than three times the total of second-place trailer Mitt Romney.

Four of the announced GOP candidates are tied or ahead of President Barack Obama, with Romney the only one with a lead beyond the poll’s margin of error.

These results are from an IBOPE Zogby interactive poll conducted from Aug. 25-29. The likely voter sample size for match-ups of Republicans against Obama is 2,335, and for the Republican nomination is 1,184 likely Republican primary voters.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who continues to say he will not run for president, continues to be the strongest possible Obama opponent in our IBOPE Zogby polling with a 49%-40% lead. Romney leads Obama, 45%-40%, while Perry has a two-point lead over the president and Herman Cain and Rep. Ron Paul are tied. Rep. Paul Ryan, whom some promoted as a possible candidate before he took himself out of the running last week, also ties Obama.

In addition to taking a big lead as GOP voters’ first choice for the nomination, Perry is now seen among Republican voters as most likely to win the nomination, a position Romney had held. Perry also leads when unannounced candidates Christie, Ryan and Sarah Palin are included in the GOP voter preference question.

A whole lot of interesting numbers to chew on here.

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