(CNSNews.com) - Herman Cain has the highest favorable rating of any Republican presidential candidate among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents polled by Gallup, according to a survey released today.
Cain's 77-percent favorable rating edges out former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, whose favorable rating is 72 percent, says Gallup.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is third at 66 percent, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is fourth at 63 percent, former Sen. Rick Santorum is fifth at 62 percent, Rep. Michele Bachmann is sixth at 59 percent, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is seventh at 54 percent, and Rep. Ron Paul is eighth at 53 percent.
The survey was conducted between Sept. 26 and Oct. 9. The respondents were asked whether they had a strongly favorable, favorable, unfavorable, or strongly unfavorable view of each candidate. The percentages reported above were the combined responses of stongly favorable and favorable.
Herman Cain also had the lowest unfavorable rating--13 percent. Romney's unfavorable rating was 18 percent.
Cain's favorable rating has gone up slightly and Romney's has gone down slightly since the last time Gallup polled Republicans and Republican-leaning independents on how they viewed Republican candidates. In a survey conducted Aug. 22-Sept. 4, Cain had a favorable rating of 73 percent and Romney had a favorable rating of 71 percent.
In that Aug. 22-Sept. 4 poll, Perry was tied with Cain with a 73 percent favorable rating.