Gingrich with double digit lead in new national poll
December 6th, 2011
03:35 PM ET
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Gingrich with double digit lead in new national poll

Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich holds a 15 point advantage over Mitt Romney in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, according to a new national survey of registered Republicans.

Thirty-seven percent questioned in Gallup's inaugural daily tracking poll this cycle say they are likely to support the former House speaker for the GOP nomination, with 22% backing the former Massachusetts governor, who's making his second bid for the White House.

Gallup's previous national survey, conducted in mid November, had Gingrich at 22% and Romney at 21%.

The new poll indicates that 8% support Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who's making his third run for the presidency, with Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 7% and Rep. Michele Bachmann at 6%, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at 3%, former Utah Gov. and former ambassador to China Jon Huntsman at 1% and 17% backing other candidates or unsure.

The survey's Tuesday release comes four weeks before Iowa's Jan. 3 caucuses, which kick off the presidential primary and caucus calendar.

According to the poll, Gingrich holds a 47%-17% advantage over Romney among self-described tea party movement supporters, with Romney holding a 28%-27% margin over Gingrich among non-tea party supporters.

The Gallup Daily Tracking Poll was conducted Dec. 1-5, with 1,277 Republicans and GOP leaning independents questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Polls
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Hilarious! Romney must be in therapy by now. NOBODY wants him as President and the GOP is going so far as to guarantee an Obama victory by pushing Mr. Unethical just so they don't have to support Mitty.

    December 6, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. RIcky Bobby

    Perhaps it's just the news slanting my view, but I'm not impressed with the alliance/endorsement Newt – Trump have been working on. Presidential hopeful's aligning with corporate America. Seems to be part of the reason our system is so broken.

    December 6, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. pete4808

    I wonder if there is a Tiffanys in Iowa? I can't believe that people think Newt Gingrich is a conservative. The guy was for cap and trade, for the individual health mandate,voted for the department of education,received 1.8 million from Fannie Mae for being an historian??? Disgraced the office of speaker of the house with his tawdry affairs and ethics violations, was for amnesty for illegals, 3 marriages,serial adulterer,career politician and the ultimate Washington Insider and some right wingers think he is the standard bearer for the tea party movement. Unbelievable!

    December 6, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. kayla

    hypocrites, that is what i call the rupugs.

    December 6, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. Bob

    When asked to vote for either of the examples below, you would assume right-away who the 'family-values' crowd would vote for, right?

    A) A married man (one time) with two kids. No history of cheating. No convictions. Never 'fired' from a job. All around stand-up individual.

    B) thrice-married, history of cheating, dozens upon dozens of ethical investigations and charges. Convicted numerous time – ordered to pay for the investigations – run out of his job.

    Should be straight-forward, right? Unfortunately the 'family-values' crowd are a bunch of hypocrites. It's these types of choices that simply prove it time and again.

    December 6, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. Selma

    I don't trust these polls, SORRY! Folks, vote for who you think should win, not what some poll says who's winning!

    December 6, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. RP supporter

    I love how they completely disregard Paul, I'm just wondering why?

    You don't think Paul is in "the top tier" ?
    Why should the media get to make a "top-tier" and pick favorites?
    Does the media control the polling?

    December 6, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. m

    Do people really believe this disgusting creature deserves consideration for the highest office in the land. It's understandable that Republithugs would cozey up to this creep, but the rest of America will surely vote anybody but Newt gingRICH! It just goes to show why this country is such terrible shape with voters this stupid going to the polls and electing crooks and liars.

    December 6, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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