Howard Fineman Discusses HuffPost-Patch GOP Outsiders Poll With Lawrence O'Donnell (VIDEO)

09/27/2011 09:47 pm ET | Updated Nov 27, 2011

HuffPost's Howard Fineman appeared on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell to discuss the results of the latest HuffPost-Patch GOP power outsiders poll.

The poll, a collaborative effort between HuffPost and Patch, showed that Rick Perry's debate performance has seriously hurt his popularity in key primary battlegrounds.

Perry was "plummeting like a stone among the grassroots people, the local influentials in [Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina]," Fineman said.

The poll spells bad news for Perry, whose late entry into the GOP primary was expected to upset Mitt Romney's lead.

"This isn't the pundits talking, these are local main street Republicans in these 3 states," he said. "That's terrible news for Rick Perry."

Fineman said that the poll underscored a growing dissatisfaction among voters for the GOP 2012 field.

"Republicans are still out there yearning for somebody who's really going to satisfy them on all fronts," he said.