Does Herman Cain have nine lives? His "9-9-9" plan was sharply criticized in the last GOP debate; his foreign policy statements are increasingly raising eyebrows. And of course, he's at the center of a media firestorm over the revelation of sexual harassment allegations made during his time leading the National Restaurant Assn.
And yet a new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that Cain is statistically tied with Mitt Romney among Republican voters; his standing actually improved since last month.
The poll shows Romney at 25% among registered Republican voters, just ahead of Cain, who stands at 23%. Texas Gov. Rick Perry places third at 14%, followed closely by Newt Gingrich at 12%.
Romney's number is unchanged for three months; Cain jumped 6 points since the last survey in October.
A majority of Republican voters -- 55% -- say the reports that Cain made unwanted sexual advances on two female employees are "not serious," while 39% say they are serious. Sixty-nine percent say the situation makes no difference in their decision about the presidential race; 23% say they are less likely to vote for Cain and 4% actually said they are now more likely to back him.