Poll: Gingrich's lead extends to South Carolina
November 29th, 2011
01:56 PM ET
7 years ago

Poll: Gingrich's lead extends to South Carolina

(CNN) – Rising Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich received the most support among likely Republican primary voters in South Carolina in a new poll, mirroring his standing in recent national polls.

The American Research Group survey released Tuesday showed the former House speaker with 33% support in the early voting state followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 22%, former pizza executive Herman Cain at 10% and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and Texas Gov. Rick Perry tied at 8%. The other candidates garnered less than 5%.

A similar poll taken in October, before accusations of sexual harassment were leveled at Cain, showed him leading the pack with 26%. Romney received 25% support with Perry following at 15% and Gingrich at 8%.

The most recent CNN/ORC International Poll showed Gingrich in the top spot among Republican and Republican-leaning voters nationally, with 24% support. Romney came in at 20%, followed by Cain at 17%, Perry at 11%, Paul at 9% and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota at 5%.

The American Research Group poll surveyed 600 likely Republican primary voters via telephone between November 25 and November 28 with a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Polls • South Carolina
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    If I were Cain I'd start singing "What about Newt?" as they escorted me out the door.
    Smile while you can Lizard, your "flush" is coming and you too will see yourself swirling down the hole.

    November 29, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. disgusted

    So the GOP frontrunner is the guy with about 80 ethics violations when he served in Congress. LOL

    November 29, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Newt , Contract on the World !

    Newt Gingrich / Rick Perry 2012

    November 29, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Ya know, if I were a Republican state that votes in March, then I would be pretty upset that someone as unsuitable to be POTUS as Mr. Gingrich could be in the driver's seat to be the nominee before I could even get a chance to vote.

    But, since I am do not think like a neo-con then I am most likely completely wrong about them getting upset. They just might be so elated that, "We have a nominee.", they just ignore the fact that their vote was meaningless and didn't count for all that I know.

    Either way, they really should be dismayed about the quality of their field. The problem boils down to a lack of leadership within the party. If anyone was leading, willing, and able to win the nomination and beat Pres. Obama, then they would already be in the race. Well, they do have leaders. The problem is that those conservative leaders are not politicians; Limbaugh, Back, Hannity, Coulter, etc.

    November 29, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    Not surprise finally republican voters did their math

    Herman Cain + Mitt Romney = Newt Gingrich

    Cheating on wife + Flip flop = New Newt

    November 29, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. ja

    garbage trying to recycle, but then americans lined up for what is called black friday

    November 29, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    @disgusted, please remember those 80 ethics violations were dismissed by Nancy Johnson, R-CT(5) when she was chairwoman of the House Ethics committee. Here in CT we joked about having 5 congressional representatives for the state and one for Newt.
    As far as his current lead goes, let's see what happens after the Southern primaries are finished to see who survives. Of, course if Thomas hope is correct a Gingrich/Perry ticket would guarantee an Obama reelection almost as much as a Gingrich/Bachmann ticket.

    November 29, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Independent Voters

    Newt is a cheater with 3 wives and he had deal with bernie mac I just dont trust Newt.
    Obama 4 more years in the white house.

    November 29, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. informed voter

    What a sorry and sad day it is for the once formidable republican party, when they are actually considering nominating this ethically challenged dinosaur as their candidate for president.

    November 29, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    @vic - that's a good one - math works every time. Problem is, republicans don't believe in science, math, or anything else that requires an education.

    November 29, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. B.Bear1

    I have huge problems with Mr. Gingrich. However, he has never suffered from "Willard Flip-Flop Syndrome".

    November 29, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. al in memphis

    They may want to think about just a redo of McCain's 2008 nomination and choose a different running mate.

    The big news is just how many people refused to participate in this poll.

    November 29, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Goptfascists Nationalists Party - radical "regressive" bigoted intolerant fanaticism screwing the USA

    So the Caka-lacky red-necks support an ignorant & arrogant jerk – didn't see that one coming?

    November 29, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. kayla

    amoung the blind, the one eyed man is king

    November 29, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Texan

    What about Newt`s "little affairs" ????? He`s in his 3rd marriage and cheated on both his 1st and 2nd wives.--- Where is the Republican outrage ??? ---The Christian right-wing should be up -in -arms.

    November 29, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. brian

    The polls are rigged by the establishment, vote for who you believe in. Vote for reform in Washington. Ron Paul 2012

    November 29, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. PaulC

    After looking at the rejects from clown college Obama looks like a shining star. Vote Democrat.

    November 29, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Mike - Las Vegas

    Don't really care what the state that started the Civil War does. They are only relevant for a moment in time every four years and then the rest of the country forgets about them. Endorsing Newt is about as smart as trying to secede from the Union and look how well that turned out for you.

    November 29, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. Fair is Fair

    "Newt is a cheater with 3 wives and he had deal with bernie mac I just dont trust Newt."
    bernie mac.

    Really? Really????

    November 29, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. Friday Idise

    Newt has the synthesized intelligence and experience to be the president of the United States of American but my concern is that he might not be able to withstand the Obama machine in the general elections. Friday Idise,Lagos.

    November 29, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. MK54

    I'm already tired of holiday reruns....especially of the oft repeated tale about how the Gingrich stole Christmas.

    November 29, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. chilly g

    i hope newt win the republican nomination because the majority of american voter will not vote for him even if
    they dont like the president so four more years.

    November 29, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. Joe Shmoe


    You must not be that familiar with Newt's record if you think he's not a flip flopper.

    Look up "Romney vs. Gingrich: Flip vs. Flop" on You Tube for starters.

    November 29, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. sidneyhop

    Why would anyone believe what these mainstream propaganda networks are spewing! They routinely engage in deception and lies to push their own 'bought and paid for' candidates.

    MOST independent / non partisan polls have Ron Paul firmly in second or first place, but you'll NEVER see that on these BS sites!

    Ron Paul is the ONLY one who can win an election against Obama! No democrat will vote for Newt, guaranteed!!! Many though, do support the honesty and integrity of Paul!

    November 29, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. Johnson

    Of course. Nobody in their right mind would vote for a Mormon not to forget the Flipflopping.

    November 29, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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