(CNN) – Rick Santorum, who last week enjoyed a 10-point nationwide lead over Mitt Romney, is now within one point of his chief GOP rival after dropping several points in Gallup's daily tracking poll.
The survey taken February 22-24 showed Santorum with the backing of 31% of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, down two points from Friday and down five points from his peak on Wednesday.
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Support for Romney rose to 30%, a much-needed boost for the candidate who stood at 25% on Wednesday.
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 1,153 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents by telephone between February 20 and February 24. The survey has a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.
The results Saturday include two days of polling after CNN's Republican presidential debate in Arizona, the final time the four candidates squared off before key contests in Michigan and Arizona next week, as well as the votes in 10 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 well behind the two front-runners. Gingrich stood at 16% and Paul was at 11%. Neither Gingrich nor Paul has seen a change in his numbers since Thursday.
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I completely disagree with Mr.Santorum views but he seems to be sincere. I don't care who pays for birth control pills, but Santorum seems to care about families with kids and I like it.
As a youth after the 2000 election, I dreamed of the day where I would be able to witness collapse of GOP electoral support.
George W. Bush is literally the GREATEST PRESIDENT IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
If Chuck Norris was being approached by a curious bumble bee do you know what would happen to that bumble bee?
YEAH well George is the Chuck Norris to the helpless buzzin Bumble'gop
i voted all my life for GOP but never again they have lost ther minds all they talk about is war and god
Romney has by far the more stellar credentials.
I still can't believe this sactimonious nutcase is still in it, it speaks volumes about how truly nutty the GOP has become. He was one of the architects of the economic disaster we are now suffering under(until the Penn. voters threw him out on his ear), and people actually want him to be President?
It is one thing to have people believe you are stupid, it is something else when you keep opening your mouth and remove all doubt. Santorum is a good example of that old adage.
Could it be because the more he talks, the more he reveals that he is full-on crazy?
Rick has a big nose. That means he's a liar.
OK he doesn't have that big a nose.
Vet4RonPaul@, what EXACTLY has Ron Paul done in 30 years as a congressman? His followers are just as loony if not more than Paul himself.
The Devil you say.
These four moral dwarves each become less worthy the more we look at them.
It could mean that even Republicans aren't THAT crazy. Just a thought.
There's a reason that Senator's usually don't get elected to many votes (John Kerry anyone). Obama got elected because he was to new, but he was the first Senator to get elected in 50 years.
Things sure are looking good for the president. Here comes a republican nominee who can't seem to convince his own party he deserves the nod. The Republicans have completely alienated women and Latino voters almost without a doubt Ron Paul will be unhappy with the eventual nominee and will run sucking votes from the main republican. Obama will win in a landslide and then for 4 years we hear how Obama and the liberals stole the election and are turning America into a third world athiest Muslim state.
Obama has destroyed the American dream. Time for change.
I haven't made up my mind; but I do believe that Rick says what he believes and believes what he says. I find that to be refreshingly honest in todays world – especially among those running for office. I do wonder why people are attacking him so much for his moral views. Honestly, do we not see that our morals are rapidly declining and aren't Americans concerned about that? Do we really believe that our Nation can survive without Godly values? We are seeing more and more crime, corruption and murder. Our families are being destroyed and our economy in in ruins. Can't we see that immorality is the major cause of our Nations problems. When you do not teach right from wrong; then you cannot build a strong and enduring country.
Santorum should go the way of Palin...both are a couple of loons.
The more Americans learn about Santorum, the less they like him. The GOP candidates seem either crazy or fearmongers itching for war with Iran. Obama looks better & better all the time . . . Obama 2012.
I can't believe that Americans can look at their curernt situation and actually consider voting for Obama again. He has been a mass failure of Epic proportions. America is more divided than it has ever been, and Obama is our leader. That right there tells you everything you need to know. We need someone in there that will unite ALL Americans....not just one party.
It is clear that Republicans are too extreme for most Americans... Amazing, it was only 6 yrs ago that Karl Rove said Republicans would be a "permanent" majority... How ludicrous.
suprise surprise, that Frothy's lead is disappearing. We have enough taliban in Afghanistan we don't need the christian american equivalent here
you can only fool people for so long and when you put your foot in your mouth, it will be game over – will somebody bring Ronnie back, please
How could we trust Santorum, if he does not trust our education system or the kids that goes to these school? He home school his kids. How about social skills? how about being part of the society? How about being an American? How could you run our country by being so dogmatic and locked up in your own world and ideas? How are you going to change our education system while you don't even believe in it? And, please leave religion out of the presidency? I don't even understand how did you even made it to run for a president.
Looks like Mr Frothy's über-religiosity didn't work out so well.
Maybe there is hope for this country. Even hope for Republicans.