Poll: Santorum lead expands nationwide
February 20th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Santorum lead expands nationwide

(CNN) - Rick Santorum's nationwide lead expanded Monday in Gallup's daily tracking poll, which showed the former Pennsylvania senator leading rival Mitt Romney by ten percentage points.

Santorum had the backing of 36% of registered Republicans nationwide, while 26% supported Romney. Numbers from Sunday showed a slightly smaller lead for Santorum over Romney, 36% to 28%.

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Romney has been sinking in Gallup's daily tracking poll since last week, when the survey showed him statistically tied with Santorum, 33% to 31%. Since then, Romney has dropped seven percentage points, while Santorum has risen five points.

Both candidates are currently engaged in bitterly negative campaigning in the next battleground states, Arizona and Michigan, hoping to nab wins in states with large delegate counts. Polls in both states show increasingly tight races between Romney and Santorum.

The two other candidates in the running, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, both polled well below the two frontrunners in Monday's Gallup tracking poll. Gingrich had the support of 13% of Republicans while 11% backed Paul. Those numbers were unchanged from Sunday.

For the ongoing poll, Gallup surveys more than 1,000 registered Republican 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.

In the latest survey, Gallup questioned 1,194 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents by telephone February 15-19, with a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

CNN's Ashley Killough and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • Rick Santorum
soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. pjc722

    Why wouldn't Santorum go up in the polls? If you look at the history of this primary, nothing was ever reported on ROMNEY in the beginning. Nothing he said (whether earth shattering or dumb) was reported by the news media. Then you had all these people come in from Rick Perry, Michelle Bachman, Herman Cain, Donald Trump, Newt and now Rick Santorum and all the media does is talk about how Mitt is down in the polls while the media talks up the opponent. I watch CNN. I watch CNBC and I watch FOX and you see it all over the place. Now Rick is ahead and it's not well this is what Mitt has and what Rick brings its "OH MY GOD, when will MITT get the solid following he wants and look at RIck run!".

    What I don't get is why people aren't comparing this race to the Democrats in 2008 with Hillary and Barack? Seriously, that field was just as contentious yet the media makes it a circus with the Republicans. (I am a Democrat but I'm for fairness in reporting)

    February 20, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Scott

    Hope you like this monster you've created, 1%. For years, you've had to win popular elections with policies that only benefit the rich few, so you've married big-money republicanism to fundamentalist religion to have easily-manipulated masses of sheep. But now the flock has figured out they're not being served, and are screaming for their own needs. Whoops! your hand-picked candidate Romney, who will give all power to the 1%, is in trouble!

    February 20, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. Captain Obvious

    Santorum is unelectable, period.

    February 20, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. yoshi

    I have followed Santorum and heard him speak in person. He is worthless. Look him up on Wikiepedia..then look up Romney. Santorum is a professional politician who has either been in office, ran for office or worked as one of these insider "consultants" translation: lobbyist. Mitt was successful in business, fixed the Olympics and balanced the budget in Mass. Who is qualified to lead this country? It is a no=brainer – Santorum has nothing..zilch..nada.

    February 20, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. Joe Blow

    Santorum has no chance nationally.

    None, nada, ziltch, zero, not a sausage.

    February 20, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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