Washington (CNN) - If you need more evidence that Newt Gingrich's bid for the GOP presidential nomination is on the rise, check out a new poll by ABC News and the Washington Post.
According to the survey, out Friday morning, 12% of Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP say they support the former House Speaker for their party's presidential nomination. That's up five points from one month ago. Gingrich is in fourth place in the new poll, one percentage point behind Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Gingrich was in third place at 10% support in a Quinnipiac University national poll released Wednesday, up seven points from late August. He stands at 12% in a recent Fox News Poll and at 10% in a recent CBS/New York Times survey.
And it's not just national polling. In Iowa, the first state to vote in the primary and caucus calendar, Gingrich is in fourth place, at 10%, according to a recent CNN/Time/ORC International Poll of registered Republicans.
Gingrich's campaign was left for dead by many in late spring, after a number of top advisers and staffers quit and the campaign faced financial difficulties.
But the former House Speaker has performed well in eight presidential debates held this year, acting as the elder statesman while many of his rivals for the nomination attacked each other. And his fundraising appears to be picking up. Gingrich says he raised more money in October than the $800,000 he brought in during the previous three months.
Gingrich credits his serious attitude with helping his bid for the nomination.
"I think people are more worried about this country today than any time in my lifetime. Now, I actually think that's the only time I make sense as a candidate because I'm a really serious person," said Gingrich on the campaign trail in South Carolina a few days ago. "I mean, you're not going to hire me to cheerlead at your birthday party but you might hire me to save the neighborhood."
A GOP strategist says that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's announcement last month that he would not run for the Republican nomination is also helping Gingrich in the polls.
"Newt began to edge up as soon as Gov. Christie announced (for the 27th time) that he would not be a candidate for president. That meant Republican primary voters stopped gazing at the political horizon and started analyzing the field," says Rich Galen, who advised Fred Thompson during his 2008 GOP presidential bid, and who is the author of Mullings.com, an online column,
"Newt does wonderfully in debates, he does wonderfully on TV, and he does wonderfully on talk radio. Other than Romney, who will get his share of conservatives but just about all of the moderates, Newt provides a comfort level to the GOP base–that he alone among the conservative candidates has national experience having been Speaker of the House, and thus had to think about issues beyond his Congressional District or his state," adds Galen, who in the 1990's also served as communications director for then House Speaker Gingrich's political shop, but who is not taking sides in this nomination battle.
- CNN Political Producer Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.
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