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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Romney's stand on payroll tax has Dems crying 'flip-flop'

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Polls
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    I always thought that with the current GOP the less brighter you were the better they liked you. (Perry, Bachmann, Palin et al) Now though with Newt it seems the LESS nicer you are the more they like you. Those far right Christian conservatives I guess can overlook Newt's past lack of morals and support him just to get the current president out of office.

    December 6, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Wow! Willard must be shivering in his penny loafers. He better come out with an attack ad ASAP. It should go something along the lines of "See! There is a bigger flip flopper than me."

    December 6, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Ted van Tol

    Great! The presidency is for Barack Obama!

    December 6, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Is that a school behind newton? Was he checking on whether poor kids are doing janitorial duty instead of studying to get better jobs later in life?

    December 6, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I have to say, go Newt! While Newt represents the worst of the republican culture of corruption, he is the best the teabaggers, birchers, birthers, and teavangelicals can offer. It looks like Mittens will have to start running again in 2012 for president in 2016. Running for office for 17 years, and Mittens is still rejected.

    December 6, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. A MN

    There's you president in 2012 like it or not Democraps

    December 6, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    I always thought that with the current GOP the less brighter you were the better they liked you. (Perry, Bachmann, Palin et al) Now though with Newt it seems the LESS nicer you are the more they like you.
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    I've been pointing that out for months now. Republicans want someone to "be the beast" and become a political attack dog against President Obama. Not a good way to win general elections, but that is what conservative media has trained them to want in their candidate.

    The beast will have to say things and take positions that they might later regret and want to rescind. That means being a flip-flopper. That means all of the smart people stayed out of the Republican race. Once this race is over, so are the political careers, holding an elected office, of most all of the candidates.

    December 6, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. SiriusVH

    TPsters are only looking for whoever has the 'biggest mouth' around (too bad Limbaugh is not running) and can lie without catching his breath while staring at you right in the eyes.

    December 6, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. Arun

    Wow, this is why the republicans are hypocrits. They want to support a candidate that has multiple affairs while trying to impeach a president for the same. The republican matto is: Hey, we'll come after you if we don't like your views, but we will support our kind even though they did the same unethical things you did. What a joke for a party!!

    December 6, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Anyone besides me ever notice that the polls never tell you where the polls were taken, and how many people were caled. Fox takes a poll of 900 people and calls it a poll. That's like what in their cafeteria!!!!!!!! LOL. Newt is ahead in a right wing church poll not in my middle class neighborhood in Florida. I can tell you that.

    December 6, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. skalamba

    The polling isn't accurate at all I don't trust this polling numbers.

    December 6, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Phil in KC

    Let's see... He cheated on his first wife with his second wife. He cheated on his second wife with his 3rd wife. He visited his first wife while she was in the hospital with cancer to talk about their divorce. Oh, and he has ethics issues – to the point he had to resign as Speaker of the House and resign his house seat. Gee, I can sure see why the 'family values' party wants him so bad.

    December 6, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Barry Haines

    To elect newt as president will be the doom of your country. America never gets it right these days

    December 6, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Voice of Reason

    I love it. Cant wait for the debates. If this guy goes up against Obama – he doesnt stand a chance. he's like that used-car salsman who has an answer for everything. You know he's lying to you, but you just cant corner him on it.

    But when people go to vote, Newt wont be in the booth with them to offer counter-arguments and obfuscate with his pontifications and double-speak. They know he isnt trustworthy. Hes lied before. He's cheated no two wives to whom he made sacred vows. He's been publicly censured for having such poor ethics that he was unacceptable among politicians. He's taken money to peddle his influence and contacts (to the tune of $$millions$$) then lied about it without flinching. When the media asks him tough questions, he dodges, answers questions with a questions, blames the media for 'gotcha journalism', and weasels like a pro.

    This is a bad bad man. Who will sell you down the river with a smile on his face and sleep well after doing it.

    December 6, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    I'm severely disappointed in the republican party. What a bunch of hypocrites. Don't say you are for family values and then go and nominate the candidate with absolutely no family values to speak of. I'm a registered republican but if Newt gets the nomination, Obama gets my vote. Take that tea partiers.

    December 6, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. ChicagoGuy

    Mitt Romney is toast !

    December 6, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. v_mag

    With his huge ego, Gingrich will inevitably slip up and say something like "I'm more popular than Jesus", and it'll be all over. Personally, I hope he holds out until after he wins the nomination. Not that Obama has fulfilled many of his promises, but I'm afraid the Repugnants would fulfill theirs and take us all back to the Stone Age/

    December 6, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. jim

    PLEASEOHPLEASE! Make Gingrich the nominee! His own party has called him 'evil,' his own party removed him from power. He has soo much baggage it is hard to know where to start. Oh please, rethuglicans – show America what you really stand for: me first/screw you politics.

    December 6, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Disappointed

    I am so disappointed with the Republican party. How hypocritical is it to say you stand for conservative family values and then back a candidate for president who has no family values whatsoever? I mean you must be joking right? I'm a registered Republican but I can tell you if Newt gets the nomination Obama is getting my vote. At least he has the honor to be true to his family. Take that tea partiers.

    December 6, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Voice of Reason

    Really America? You want this guy with his finger on the button? Remember that it was Newt who shut down the government back in 1995. He hooked a ride on Air Force One w/ Clinton to Isreal for Rabin's funeral. Then when they landed, he felt dissed becuase he was directed to leave through one of the back doors instead of the front doors. So when the GOP sent the budget to the Wite House, Newt deliberately made it unworkable, tryint o make Clinton look bad. In fact, he later admitted it, saying that the whole plane-exit thing was "...part of why you ended up with us sending down a tougher continuing resolution."

    I dont want a guy who uses national security to settle PETTY squabbles with his finger on the button.

    December 6, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Voice of Reason

    Anyone who is sick of gridlock in Washington – Please remember the following words straight from the mouth of Saint Newt:

    "Everybody in Washington thinks that was a big mistake. They're exactly wrong. There had been no reelected Republican majority since 1928. Part of the reason we got reelected ... is our base thought we were serious. And they thought we were serious because when it came to a show-down, we didn't flinch." – Newt Gingrich

    Ladies and Gentlemen I give you – The Party of NO.

    December 6, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. Voice of Reason

    This guy is all about personal responsibility (NOT!). When he was dragged before Congress to face ethics charges, he said, "In my name and over my signature, inaccurate, incomplete and unreliable statements were given to the committee."

    Not, "I did something wrong", not even "I made a mistake". But "someone else made a mistake and blamed me for it".

    Congress ended up determining that he violated Federal tax law, and then lied about it to cover it up.

    You wont hear THAT on FoxNews...

    December 6, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. Robert D Whittingham

    For the sake of America. For the sake of the World. For the sake of Mankind. Never, ever, elect this man.

    December 6, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. susan leonhardt

    If polls were accurate, which they never are I worry about Newt. I have taken polls and said the favorite response, but actually voted differently. People really don't make up their mind till a few days before the elections, and that is why Trump is banking on to get Newt the lead

    December 6, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. ChicagoGuy

    This guy seems to be up in any polls except the NH ones.I can't believe this guy is the new Republican frontrunner, what's wrong with you Republicans?

    December 6, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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