While Michele Bachmann founded the Tea Party Caucus in the House of Representatives before she even decided to run for president, Texas Governor Rick Perry, her 2012 rival, is reportedly more popular among Tea Partiers, garnering double the support in a recent Gallup poll.
The poll, released Friday, shows Perry with 35 percent of Tea Party supporters while Bachmann trails considerably at 14 percent.
According to Gallup, 38 percent of Republicans most concerned with social issues favor Perry, despite Bachmann's long track record of social conservatism. Perry also curried favor among voters who think government spending and power is the most important issue facing the country.
Do you think these findings mark the end of Tea Party support for Bachmann now that Perry is a contender for 2012?