Poll: Santorum remains on top in Michigan
February 17th, 2012
11:23 AM ET
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Poll: Santorum remains on top in Michigan

(CNN) - A new poll indicates Rick Santorum is holding onto the top spot in Michigan, the native state of his chief rival Mitt Romney.

Thirty-seven percent of likely Republican primary voters said they would back Santorum, while 32% preferred Romney, according to a new American Research Group survey.

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While the five-point margin falls within the sampling error, it represents the same margin between the two candidates as a similar poll taken earlier than week. On Monday, Santorum held a 33% to 27% advantage over Romney.

Michigan, which holds its primary on February 28, has long been considered home turf for Romney, whose father once governed the Wolverine State. The candidate also carried the state in a much-needed victory in the 2008 Republican primary.

In the last few days, Michigan airwaves have been prime battleground for the campaigns and super PACs, with a major cash flow pouring into ad buys.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul came in third place with 15% support, according to the new survey. Meanwhile, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich came in fourth with 10%, down 11 percentage points since Monday's results. Five percent were undecided.

Also notable, among likely Republican primary voters who will definitely vote in the primary, Santorum held an even wider advantage over Romney, 38% to 30%. And among self-identified independents and Democrats, Santorum led with 40% to Romney's 27%.

Michigan has an open primary in which any registered voter can participate.

The American Research Group conducted the survey between February 15 and February 16, interviewing 600 likely Republican primary voters by phone, with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Andrew

    Whoever is coaching Romney has been giving him really bad advice throughout this campaign. He is focused on ObamaCare (something he did at the state level), and now the bailout for the auto industry. Why would he think its smart to go into Michigan and tell them he thinks it was a bad idea? Saved 1 million jobs, and has them on the right track back. Even if it wasnt working, why would you tell people in a state where the auto industry is so important that you were ok with one million people losing jobs? Just another in a line of dumb headscratchers by Mittens!

    February 17, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. GI Joe.

    IF the women in Michigan are allowed to vote, Santorum's numbers will fall like a rock.

    He's a 16th century JERK.

    February 17, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. GI Joe.

    GOD gave us all free will – and he wants to take THAT away too.

    February 17, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Romney will be fine with a second place finish in Michigan as the delegates are allocated proportionally. Arizona is winner take all and Romney is currently leading.

    BTW, he's sticking to his original position on the bailout which was correct, namely a managed bankruptcy was the best solution ot GMs problems in the long run. All Obama did was violate the laws of this country to takeover a private enterprise using taxpayer money, only to hand it over to the unions as a gift. Yes, union support of Obama should be high given his generosity and willingness to violate laws to please them.

    February 17, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. A Moderate

    Of couirse he's on top - given his neanderthal posturing towards women. He's so conservative that he would close all the In & Out Burgers (and he never orders a steak with the 'bone in').

    February 17, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    The self proclaimed "son of Detroit" better start running his negative ads 24/7 around the clock.

    February 17, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. diridi

    Andy, you are 100% right. None of the Republicans are worth the time we spend. They need to come to planet earth and think of 21st century. I am sorry these idiots are in 4th century. Now Information tech era. One says Auto bail out is bad, while creating Michigan huge employment, and sending Energy-Efficiency cars, and the other says Bomb Iran....Laughable. Obama2012.

    February 17, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Oscar Herbert

    When I examine the total package, all the strengths and weaknesses each GOP candidate would bring to the White House, Romney stands head and shoulders above the other contenders. We need Romney's particular economic skills more than we need another career politician in the White House.

    February 17, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    No one in Michigan considers it "home turf" for Rmoney. The dude fled the state years ago, rarely to return, and now he acts like he's home rooting for the Wolverines every Saturday in the fall. People from Michigan can spot a phony like Flipper from a mile away. They don't like elitists and they definitely don't appreciate his flip-flopping and his anti-worker, anti-union and anti-bailout positions.

    February 17, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. cali girl

    Micigan will remember what Romney stood for. The bailout worked, even GM posting their highest profits ever just yesterday.

    February 17, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    "All Obama did was violate the laws of this country to takeover a private enterprise using taxpayer money, only to hand it over to the unions as a gift."

    More lies from our resident liar. There was no violation of the laws and the "takeover" was nothing of the sort. It was a federal loan with certain requirements attached to the loan. You are obviously unaware that such loans typically contain similar requirements when they originate from the private sector. And the union "gift" was actually a payback for the underfunded pensions and healthcare trust that resulted from prior mismanagement by the auto companies. I guess we can add the auto bailout to the long list of things you know nothing about.

    February 17, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. ST

    @ Andrew
    Whoever is coaching Romney has been giving him really bad advices throughout this campaign.
    -------------------------------------------
    I beg to disagree with you Andrew. The man doesn't help himself at all. The advisers are there just to rectify mistakes and not to tell Romney what to say. If he can not do it himself, no one can do!

    February 17, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Any middle class voter in Michigan who votes for Mitt Romney is just not paying to attention to the facts. Romney wanted the automakers to go the route that Air Australia has recently taken. AA ran out of money yesterday, cancelled all flights, stranding passengers, jets, and cargo all over the world. They couldn't get loans to do a structured bankruptcy, which was exactly the problem the automakers were facing.

    "All Obama did was violate the laws of this country to takeover a private enterprise using taxpayer money, only to hand it over to the unions as a gift."

    The lies this man Romney tells to The People are boundless. The government didn't force the automakers to do anything that they didn't do voluntarily. As I recall, the Obama administration laid down the terms and required accountability up front. Ford opted out, while GM and Chrysler opted in. The banks were not loaning money to the automakers, probably because they saw more profit in buying up the remains than extending loans.

    February 17, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Joi Gibson

    Not that any one of them appeals to me, but it would be good for Willard to learn that money cannot buy you everything.

    February 17, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Save America, spay and neuter right wingnuts.

    February 17, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens has been wrong on foreign policy, wrong on the auto bailout, wrong by supporting TARP, wrong on tax cuts for the wealthy, wrong on job creation, wrong on attacking seniors social security, wrong on not supporting his own health care program, and wrong in saying that corporations are people too, my friend. He has no business leading our nation.

    February 17, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |