Santorum lead shrinking in national poll
February 24th, 2012
02:17 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum lead shrinking in national poll

(CNN) – Rick Santorum's lead among registered Republicans nationwide fell to a six-point margin with rival Mitt Romney, according to a poll out Friday.

The figures from the Gallup Daily Tracking Poll show Santorum with the backing on 33% of registered Republicans, while Romney had the support of 27%.

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That represents a drop from the ten-point lead Santorum had on Romney on Tuesday. Since then, his support dropped three points, from 36% to 33%. Romney inched up one percentage point, 26% to 27%.

For the ongoing poll, Gallup surveys more than 1,000 registered Republican voters on a daily basis. 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 1,187 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents by telephone between February 19 and February 23, with a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

The time span of Friday's survey included one day of polling following CNN's Arizona Republican Presidential Debate, the final time the four candidates will square off before key contests in Michigan and Arizona on Tuesday, as well as the votes in ten states on Super Tuesday, March 6.

The two other candidates in the race, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, were both far behind the two frontrunners. Gingrich stood at 16% and Paul was at 11%.

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Filed under: 2012 • Polls • Rick Santorum
soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. dan5404

    Santorum has now joined Romney in their mutual attacks on each other about saying one thing and doing the opposite. They are both guilty of flip-flopping and lying about what they did.

    February 24, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. DENNA

    Hahahaa. The shell game is over. I was pretty darned sure you could not keep it up. If you could have just campaigned without actually saying anything, you would have been okay. But no, you kept talking crazier and crazier and finally you are sinking your own ship. A clue: we women don't want you or anyone like you making decisions about our bodies . If the GOP does not stop this crap, they will render themselves gone from the political landscape all together.

    February 24, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. larry

    Joan if Obama is killing us then your fixing to die because hes getting another 4 yrs

    February 24, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. anagram_kid

    Nest stop Super Duper Holy Ricky's Bible Camp and Rapture Training Compound. Women, minorities and/or anyone with a fully developed frontal lobe need not apply. Sign up today and get a free sweater vest!

    February 24, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. Tam

    Hey, maybe most of us are not a stupid as they think we are?

    February 24, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Just Say No To Flipper

    The big difference between Flipper and Santorum is that at least Santorum will admit his mistakes. Flipper runs from them, lies about them or pretends they weren't mistakes at all. Sorry Flipper, "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" will be your political tombstone, no matter how much you lie about it now.

    February 24, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. anagram_kid

    Poor GOP, your fractured party produced damaged candidates and now after wasting millions that could have been invested in American businesses, you are going to be stuck with Gov. Romney to be the candidate to lose to President Obama. You should have saved your time, money and effort and run ½ Gov Pailn and saved up for 2048 or later. Or, you could take this as a teachable moment and rid your party of these destructive elements once and for all.
    Either way – Obama 2012

    February 24, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Ricky is the latest GOBP wingnut to talk himself into a hole,joining Bachman,Perry,Cain and Plastic man Romney.

    February 24, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Zenfire

    The reality is that Rick Santorum does not have the experience or skills to run the nation. If you stop and think about this, you know this is true.

    February 24, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    I am sure it has nothing to do with the fact that he has ticked off everyone on the planet except for his minority of religious freaks who think like he does. nah, I wouldn't call that thinking either!

    February 24, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Dee

    Religious Evangelical, Born Again Hypocrite Zealot "Nutcase"!!! Bye Bye,Goodie 2 Shoes!!!! LOL Rick Sanitarium! Go preach your gospel to Chris Christie!!! He needs alot of Help????

    February 24, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. Jilli

    The more people hear from the neanderthal Santorum, the faster they run away. As a woman, how much self-loathing would you have to possess to vote republican – or for someone like Santorum?

    February 24, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Expat American

    Torquemada-Torum's star is beginning to fade. Then again, he was always an imposter to the Throne of Conservatism....

    When is Sarah Magdelene going to come back?....she only she can save the country from itself.

    Palin/Bachmann/O'Donnell 2012-2020 (co-Presidents and Mean Girls)

    Goofy Bible Sisters are doin' it for themselves!

    February 24, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Thomas

    You cant be a Big Baby and a Bully at the same time .

    Americans want more from there leaders.

    February 24, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Nothing new here

    Sanctimonious Santorum has been exposed for the hypocrit he is.
    He opposes birth control, but votes to push federal $$$$ into Planned Parenthood.
    This guy has been exposed for the radical, religious right-wing, war starter, spendthrift, panderer that he really is.
    Thank you Ron Paul, and all others that have worked diligently in getting the REAL truth about Santorum out:)

    February 24, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. Steve Obama-HOUSTON

    This guy will have a really tough time in the general election as he is only trying to appeal to the far right. They only make up a small number of the votes and according to the statistics, the far right are the ones who aren't as enthused this election season and have not even bothered to really show up at the polls. So I say, good luck little buddy. OBAMA 2012

    February 24, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. GonzoinHouston

    Santorum just hit his "wait a minute, are you serious?" moment. This is where it's fun to support a candidate for whatever reason, but when it starts to look like he has a snowballs' chance in Houston summer of winning, supporters take a serious look at him and then the fun fades away. Every candidate but Huntsman and Paul have had theirs, and Paul's may have been in Maine. I first noticed this phenomena in '88 when Jesse Jackson won a couple of primaries.

    February 24, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. logicnLA

    It's romney by a nose going into the fall, and...Obama wins by 5 lengths

    February 24, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. anagram_kid

    Let’s face it, the rise and fall latest flavor of the month is a clear demonstration that the GOP is just not prepared to campaign in the 21st century. Gone are the days of faceless newspaper editors controlling the message and image of the candidates. The interactive and real time nature of new media dictates that the candidates have to be consistent because we can watch them say something while using Google to find an example of them saying or doing the opposite. Not to mention that every time they say or do something stupid, it is out there forever. To compete today, candidates need to be genuine, thoughtful and have their message ready before the lights go on. The nature of conservatism is not to change, and the GOP’s inability to keep up with something as apolitical as technology will help ensure their demise.

    Obama 2012

    February 24, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. poopmeister

    What, no one willing to support Santorum? I support Rick and hope he gets the nomination.......because I want to see Obama in office for another term and there is no way in hell that Santorum would win.

    February 24, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. LC in CA

    Even Jesus was turned off by hypocrites. Hopefully, he'll take his Catholic dogma and put it where the sun don't shine.

    February 24, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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