) -- A national poll by


/ORC International released on Monday found Texas Gov. Rick Perry far ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and all other GOP presidential hopefuls among adult Americans.

Perry received support from 27% of respondents to Romney's 14% while unannounced Republican favorite Sarah Palin slipped into third with 10% of the vote and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.) garnered 9%.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry

The CNN/ORC poll conducted from Aug. 24 through Aug. 25 interviewed 1,017 adult Americans by telephone and was a stark departure from the same survey held from Aug. 5 to Aug. 7, which reported Romney in the lead at 17% of the vote and Perry slightly behind at 15%.

"Polls will go up and down during the course of any election, but Mitt Romney will continue sharing his message of creating jobs and getting the economy on the right track," Andrea Saul, Romney's spokeswoman, told

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Rep. Ron Paul (R., Texas) garnered 6% of the vote with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Both were followed by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani who tied with Bachmann at 9%.

Paul's popularity in the poll fell by half from the Aug. 5-7 poll, which had the Texas congressman tied for third with 12% of the vote a week ahead of the Iowa straw poll. Paul finished a fraction behind Bachmann in the important Iowa poll.

Recent polls have found Perry ahead of the GOP field in

national surveys and in

key battleground states.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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