I do have one issue with it in that it is a poll of registered voters. I have always thought that polls of registered voters, instead of likely voters, are not very good indicators.
For one thing, some of the registered voters do not vote. This then makes their opinion on a candidate useless information. Maybe that's harsh but, there it is.
Second, Democrats are traditionally a softer voting block than Republicans so it has a tendency to skew the results when compared to the actual election.
All in all though, the poll is a good early look at where voters are on the Republican nomination and fairly good look at who has no significant chance.
Te focus of this post though is this:
The article takes the above as a possible danger sign for Perry. The reasoning is that while he does enjoy fairly solid support of Republican voters, Independents, who will largely decide the election, may see him as too extreme.
Is this relevant? Does this spell trouble for Perry? Or, are these independents that lean left anyways and were not likely to vote for the Republican candidate anyways?
Simply put, do you think Perry will play well in a general election or is he too extreme for the middle?