Poll: Gingrich losing steam nationwide
January 30th, 2012
04:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Gingrich losing steam nationwide

(CNN) – A new national poll released Monday shows Newt Gingrich has essentially lost his lead over Mitt Romney during the last few days.

According to Gallup's daily tracking poll, the former House speaker now has a 28%-27% edge over his chief GOP presidential opponent among registered Republicans nationwide.

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The one-point margin, which falls well within the poll's sampling error, represents a far slimmer margin than the eight-point advantage Gingrich held over Romney on Friday.

Gingrich had jumped ahead of the former Massachusetts governor in the national poll shortly after Gingrich's South Carolina primary victory on Jan. 21.

But the new poll indicates Gingrich is on the decline, as Romney has regained momentum.

Monday's results show Gingrich fell four points to 28%, down from 32% on Friday. Romney, meanwhile, rose three points to 27%, up from 24% during the same time period.

The latest survey was conducted Wednesday through Sunday, a five-day window that included a heated televised debate and fiery attacks between the two candidates on the campaign trail.

Romney's campaign, especially, has gone on the offense, targeting Gingrich for his 1997 ethics reprimand in Congress and his consulting work with mortgage giant Freddie Mac.

The former governor's attacks have been coupled by efforts from the pro-Romney super PAC, Restore Our Future, which has flooded Florida airwaves with millions in ad spending.

The poll also indicates Rick Santorum made gains over the weekend. The former Pennsylvania senator, who's no longer campaigning in Florida and has moved on to other early contest states, moved up three points from 13% on Friday to 16% on Monday.

Also bypassing Florida, Texas Rep. Ron Paul –who was in Maine on Saturday– remained steady in the poll at 13% in the last few days.

For the ongoing poll, Gallup surveys more than 1,000 Republican registered voters on a daily basis, and the poll drops the oldest of five days each day and adds results from the most recent day of polling.

Gallup surveyed 1,121 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents by telephone Jan. 25-29, with a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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  1. The Real Tom Paine

    He actually had an edge at some point? Egad.

    January 30, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    Karl Rove must be breathing a sigh of relief as he Plan To Elect the Next Neocon Robot grabs a little breathing room. In the meantime, though, Karl must be second guessing his choice of the Pretty Little Princess from the Elite 1%, who pays a lower tax rate than most voters, in an election featuring the economy as the most serious issues. Hey Karl, why not double down? Instead of the phony "I'm a common man like you" checked shirts, just dress up your little robot with a monocle and top hat. That's as close to the real R-Money Robot as your gonna get. Sink or swim, little buddy.

    January 30, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Bessy

    Neither one should even be considered worthy of being POTUS.

    January 30, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. sam101

    By electing MITT roomney we are writing our death sentence..A Person who creates wealth by stripping american middle class folks, send there Jobs to China and India for his own fat paycheck, and we Jump americans electing him for his presidency..YA he still can keep Americans FOOL, and Presidency is his path to the Elite Billionaire CLUBi from his 300 Million Millionaire CLUB..America KEEP voting this guy and make him a Billionaire and let our annual household income become 10K from the current 50K

    January 30, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. Paul1st

    With all of that steam coming out of Newt's ears, this is no surprise.

    January 30, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    MSM obviously needs to pick it up then. Everyone knows the American media's motto is "let no good turd go unpolished." Newtered is floundering because he hasn't gotten a good rubbing from you guys lately. C'mon CNN, you can euphamize Newtered's virtiol and ideological nonsense and make him sound reasonable if you really try hard enough...don't you want it to look like a horse race between him an Mittens or are you giving up on sensationalizing the worst batch of POTUS candidates ever to grace the race?

    January 30, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Texas Doc

    Cry havoc and unleash the dogs of war! Don't give up Newt! Damn the torpedoes!

    January 30, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. mark

    Is this the second or third time he's gone under?

    January 30, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. Patriot Awesome

    GINGRICH / CTHULHU 2012!! Don't settle for the lesser of two evils!

    January 30, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. diridi

    this idiot is a Reagan, and his trickle down, that's why....

    January 30, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. Larry L

    Another "Not Romney" spiraling around the toilet bowl toward the end. Conservatives need to take out an ad in the Want Ads stating the truth: "Wanted – A white, Christian male, capable of being manipulated by an assortment of rich fat-cats and willing to sacrifice the economic well-being of the working class in return for a variety of social issues of limited importance. No experience is required but good hair is a plus.".

    January 30, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. rs

    GOP high command has spoken!

    January 30, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. jeff

    Anyone other than Ron Paul is a wasted vote. You can't win without his supporters and we refuse to accept the media and so-called conservatives choice. Newt, Romney and Santorum are better than what we currently have, no doubt. However, if Republicans are honestly concerned about this country they will realize that Ron Paul has the only plan that actually cuts spending. All we hear about are taxes but don't you get it, taxes are a result of overspending. Cut spending and taxes will decrease. For the love of your country, please research Ron Paul for yourself and reach your own conclusions.

    January 30, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. unsub

    Noot is unelectable!

    January 30, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. gg

    the gas bag is leaking

    January 30, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. Phil in KC

    Ah, these Republican romances are so short-lived. They're a fickle lot, those Republican voters. I guess it's not true love.

    January 30, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. walleye46

    I dont think the man on the moon Gingrich is loosing steam. He is FULL OF HOT AIR.

    January 30, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Jake

    bury him. and please don't leave a door open for him to enter the national stage again!

    January 30, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. shoegazer

    Newt,the devotee of Isaac Asimov,will ward of cosmic threats and cast himself in the role of savior of modern civilization.Take that Romney !!!

    January 30, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. Ben Dover

    Poor Newt, maybe he should stoke his fire with wood instead of using bull sh**....
    Mittens is doing the same thing (B.S)

    January 30, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. durundal

    why unsub, are you implying that Noot is Moot?

    January 30, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. jcroshaw

    Good news! I hope it continues until Newt fizzles out in February. Stick a fork in you, you're done. Keep talking all you want Newties and anti-mormon bigots, the voters will silence you soon enough.

    January 30, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. cbinatl

    Newt is not done yet yall!! It's not over until it's over-Mitt may lead now but it can always change in a matter of days, hopefully!

    January 30, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. Jamie from Riverside

    He can't be out of hot air, he just can't be!

    January 30, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  25. CoJo

    don’t forget, Gingrich was part of the establishment that created the rules that allowed the investment firms and banks to setup a finance meltdown scheme and then bet against it. Costing people homes , jobs and their retirements. It has been reported this started all the way back to Reagan era (his hero?). And now he’s complaining that Romney was more successful in using the rules he helped create. He’s just jealous that he was not able to use the rules as well Romney. He admitted he was part of the group that created the rules. Ron Paul admitted in the debate that the republicans had control of the house, the senate and the president but did nothing or worse, they created the finance mess. Now Gingrich wants to do it all over again? Has any republican stated how reduce regulations will keep it from happening again? Come on republicans, speak up.

    January 30, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
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