November 8th, 2011
03:08 PM ET
6 years ago

Gingrich: Debates helping rise in the polls

Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich says that his well-received performances in the Republican presidential debates are one reason why he's rising in the polls in the race for the GOP nomination.

"I entered this race with a huge amount of background story, some public, some private, which led people initially to think, 'Well, I'm not sure I want him.' And part of what the debates have done is they've been able to see me without editing, and, therefore, they've been able to say, 'Gee, that's not the guy I thought he was,' " the former House Speaker told CNN's Piers Morgan, in an interview scheduled to run Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

According to a USA Today/Gallup survey released Monday, 12% of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say they support Gingrich for their party's presidential nomination. That's up 5 percentage points from a month ago.

And he's also in third place with 13% in Monday's NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, up 5 points from early October.

Gingrich was at 12% in an ABC News/Washington Post poll out Friday and had 10% support in a Quinnipiac University national poll released last Wednesday. 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.

"I made a big mistake in the spring. I brought in very smart, traditional consultants, and I'm not a traditional candidate. I mean, I run a very, very idea-oriented campaign. Think of it as a long form, where most consultants want to do 30-second attack ads, I want to do 30-minute positive speeches. And so we got off track for about four months," Gingrich told Morgan. "Those people needed to leave. They had a vision of a traditional campaign, which I couldn't possibly run."

The former House Speaker has performed well in eight GOP presidential debates held this year, acting as the elder statesman while many of his rivals for the nomination attacked each other.

"People like Rush (Limbaugh) began saying I was the adult in the room and people watched and some of my colleagues began bickering," Gingrich said on CNN's "John King, USA" on Friday. "I think the bickering really shrank them."

Gingrich's fundraising appears to be picking up as well. Last week he told CNN's Erin Burnett that he raised more money in October than the $800,000 he brought in during the previous three months. With less than two months until the Iowa caucuses, which kick off the presidential primary and caucus calendar, now is the right time for a candidate to start rising in the polls. As for his standing in the surveys, Gingrich tells Morgan that, "We're still about eight or nine weeks behind where I had hoped to be at this point."

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. davec.0121

    If Newt Gringrich is the "grown-up" in the room, what does that say about the other Republican candidates for the nomination? Scary, huh?

    November 8, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    According to Rasmussen's numbers, Newt's 13% of approval by republicans, gives him a negative rating: 13- 87 = -74. That is negative 74 among republicans.

    November 8, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Pat

    Which is more apt for him Adulterer or a Pervert hmmmm hard to choose.

    November 8, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Sorensen

    Gingrich knows more than the rest of those clowns together.
    Thanks heaven his screwed up personality makes him totally unelectable.
    Life is getting easy for the GOP. Romney, even though they all hate him.

    November 8, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Newt has become a master of word salad. He uses unrelated words, and follows up with an unfounded attack or lie about the president. He has hated presidents since he had to sit in the back of the plane in 1996.

    November 8, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. concerned joy

    I hope more people really start listening to Newt Gingrich and realize he is the smartest man running for President in 2012. He will hit the ground running if he wins the election, and get this country back on its feet! We tried the young and inexperienced in Obama – I'm ready for someone with experience in all areas, and someone who has proven he can work with the other side and get things done!

    November 8, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. NameMorpunkt

    Sorry Newt. But your history will still haunt you.
    You're good in debates, but still not as intelligent as Romney.

    November 8, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Realist

    Fact: The official BLS employment-population ratio for October 2011 was 58.7%, meaning that 41.3% of American adults are unemployed. And, this does not even take into account how the government manipulates their statistics. Obviously, obama is the worst president in history.

    November 8, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. chuck weidemann

    Imagine Newt the "Adult" in the room, and this is all that it takes to make him stand out! WOW!!! Where are the republicans with a brain and some self respect? This is the best their party has to offer? We as a country would greatly benefit from Huntsman getting some recognition. Newt had his time ...years ago. Stop going and looking backward! Maybe if the republican primary were to be open to all voters we could end the circus and have a shot of a legitimate candidate to oppose Obama and have a real election. One to be proud of. Sorry I was dreaming.

    November 8, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. Paul

    The Guy we ALL know

    Gingrich is the guy we LL know as an infidel who cheated on his wives. We cannot take that away from him...that's really the guy we know....not thought!

    November 8, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. Paul

    The Guy we ALL know

    Gingrich is the guy we ALL know as an infidel who cheated on his wives. We cannot take that away from him...that's really the guy we know....not thought! Why doesn't he simply give up? see? he doesn't have far to go.

    November 8, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If elected, Newt will hit on girls running. He is just running for president to meet women.

    November 8, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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    November 8, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Hey Realist, thank you for your insightful analysis of the article, NOT!

    Here is a REAL fact: you are a [R]etard.

    November 8, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. Jim Smith

    Want to know more about Newt and why he left the House and who pushed him out? Go to:

    He's always been a embarrasement to the party.

    November 8, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. Nathan

    Newt is the smartest, most qualified individual of all the Republican candidates. He understands the problems facing the country, and he has the best approaches to solving those problems. I remember seeing Howard Dean (a Democrat) on the news a while back, saying that Newt should run for president.

    Whether you like Newt or not, you have to admit that he is full of ingenious ideas - something found in very few politicians (and ordinary citizens) today.

    November 8, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Even if every charge against Cain is true and he really is the blathering butt-nugget he appears to be, here's a guy, Gingrich, who outshines even Cain as a misogynist. Where is the sense of embarrassment, of caution, of regret in the [R] party? Nowhere to be found........ Which means they are quite disconnected from reality.....

    And how about their loyal supporters, like concerned joy, Realist?........ Well, you can't cure 'stupid'.

    This kind of arrogant [R]ightwing stupidity, this kind of purposeful delusion, this is what we want in the oval office again? Please.

    November 8, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    ?fig newton has better chance seriously newt people its2011...obama is a two term president n republicans know dat its obama fools or shall i say CAPTIN AMERICA YES WE CAN AGAIN HE BEAT A WAR HERO NOW ALL U HAVE IS CAIN..LOL...FREAK...PERRY....LOL..LOL...DUMB AS BUSH...ROMNEY HAS DINNER WITH WARREN JEFFS...NEWT ABOUT AS OL AS MCCAIN THE OTHERS NOT WORTH A POKE...MICHELLE MRS.ILL GET RID OF OBAMA CARE YEAH RIGHT LOSER

    November 8, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. Voice of Reason

    Yeah – while Herman Cain has tried to sweep his philandering under the rug and pretend that it didnt exist, we've all been ignoring Gingrich. Who cheated on his first wife with a woman who became his second wife, then cheated on her with a woman who became his thrid wife... Dude has more wives than Romney and Huntsman put together!

    Run, dont walk, away from this guy...

    November 8, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. Dan5404

    He's right, he and Romney are the only two that can speak coherently about terrible ideas to solve America's problems. Speaking ability has little to do with content.

    November 8, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. sortakinda

    Newt, who could forget you? Try as we might, you are a boil on the political landscape that won't go away.

    November 8, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. Al-NY,NY

    "People like Rush (Limbaugh) began saying I was the adult in the room and people watched and some of my colleagues began bickering," Gingrich said on CNN's "John King, USA" on Friday. "I think the bickering really shrank them."

    No Newter. The sheep are so dumb, they obey Limpy lke he was the almighty himself. Don't worry. You will not be the candidate. You're a complete fraud. Too bad though. Obama would wipe the floor with you in the election

    November 8, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. Jrdz

    Nothing like shopping for a new wife Mr. Gingrich???

    November 8, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. Wes B.

    He's just in this to sell books.

    November 8, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Jake

    is it really that hard to emerge from a pack of idiots?

    November 8, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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