The CNN/ORC survey of 1,036 "adults," taken from November 11 to 13, is the first truly horrendous poll we've seen for Herman Cain. The headline: Newt Gingrich has absorbed his support and moved into a solid second place. The reason: Herman Cain has been hobbled by his scandal. I'll just break out the key results, which CNN has packaged next to results during Clarence Thomas's travails.
This was what I feared for Cain at the start of the scandal. The conservative base had no reason to abandon Thomas, and lots of reasons to stick with him. The conservative base of 2011 has other candidates it can support if Cain disappoints them.
Case in point. And here's the brutal piece of it:
That's all voters. The breakdowns:
That's more than a third of Republicans and conservatives beseeching Cain to quit the race.
TODAY IN SLATE
Don’t Worry, Obama Isn’t Sending U.S. Troops to Fight ISIS
But the next president might.
IOS 8 Comes Out Today. Do Not Put It on Your iPhone 4S.
Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You
How Much Should You Loathe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell?
Here are the facts.
Amazon Is Launching a Serious Run at Apple and Samsung
Slim Pickings at the Network TV Bazaar
Three talented actresses in three terrible shows.