Cain was the choice of 22 percent of 823 likely primary voters polled Oct. 28 through Nov. 5. Sexual harassment claims against Cain arose during the survey.
Results showed Cain’s support did not change much as the story unfolded. Cain beat his closest competitor, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, by eight percentage points, but the actual winner of the primary was “undeci,” according to a release from the university.
The other takeaway from the poll is that Tennessee men like Cain a lot more than Tennessee women do:
“Two things are clear from this poll,” said John Geer, distinguished professor of political science and co-director of the poll. “First, none of the candidates are wildly popular in the state. Second, Cain draws disproportionate support from males.”
Male voters supported Cain over Romney 27.1 percent to 12 percent, while women preferred Cain just 15.4 percent to Romney’s 13 percent, which is within the poll’s plus or minus 2.6 percent error rate.
I guess it's not surprising that Cain is less popular among women and more popular among dudes, both for the whole groping-allegations business and because he is an authority on manliness, especially as it relates to pizza: "The more toppings a man has on his pizza, I believe the more manly he is," he told GQ in a characteristically profound rhetorical flourish. Furthermore, Cain added, "A manly man don't want it piled high with vegetables! He would call that a sissy pizza." And that's where the Vanderbilt poll really shows its demographic blind spot — I mean, who are sissies pulling for?
I guess we shouldn't care what they think anyway, since, ew, they eat vegetables. The search for Not Romney continues.