Former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and Atlanta radio talk show host Herman Cain is the most popular choice of Republican primary voters in the race for the 2012 presidential nomination.
Nineteen percent of GOP primary voters would like to see Cain run against President Barack Obama, according to a Zogby poll released Monday.
Cain has held executive positions at Coca Cola and Pillsbury, and served as the chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, but has never been elected to public office. He ran for Georgia’s open Senate seat in 2004, but lost in the primary.
Cain’s current campaign slogan, according to his website, is “Let’s get REAL.”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie came in second, with 16 percent, and Mitt Romney took third place, with eleven percent.
Among all voters, no one in a list of 13 possible Republican candidates beats Obama. The president leads Cain by 46 percent to 38 percent and is ahead of Romney by 45 percent to 40 percent. Christie does best in a match-up with Obama, trailing 45 percent to 44 percent.
While Obama leads all 13 Republican candidates, only 42 percent of voters said he deserves re-election.
A recent Gallup poll showed that Cain has only 29 percent name recognition among Republicans, but those who know him see him in a positive light: Cain enjoyed a positive intensity score of 24, higher than any of the other Republican candidates included in the poll, including Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich, among others.
With prior reporting by Kase Wickman