Santorum on top in second straight Ohio poll
February 28th, 2012
01:27 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum on top in second straight Ohio poll

(CNN) - For the second straight day, a new survey indicates Rick Santorum leading Mitt Romney in Ohio.

With one week to go until the Buckeye State's Republican presidential primary, Santorum has an 11-point lead over Romney, according to the latest Ohio Poll.

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The survey, conducted by the University of Cincinnati, indicates that 37% of likely Ohio GOP primary voters are backing the former senator from Pennsylvania, with 26% supporting the former Massachusetts governor. Sixteen percent say they are backing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, 11% are supporting Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, with another 11% saying they are supporting a different candidate or are undecided.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday indicated Santorum with a 7-point advantage over Romney.

Ohio is one of ten states holding contests on Super Tuesday on March 6.

The Ohio Poll indicates that 47% of those who say they are backing a candidate add that they could change their minds over the next week. The results of Tuesday's primaries in Michigan and Arizona could also impact the Super Tuesday contests.

The Ohio Poll was conducted by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati from February 16 through February 26, with 542 likely Republican primary voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Ohio • Polls • Rick Santorum
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Dave

    Its not that they like this Religious Zealot so much, Its just that this great Country has a major dislike with this PHONY filthy rich mormon backstabbing mudslinging fake human being.

    February 28, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Pretty sure this dude would even make Jesus angry enough to tell him to STFU.

    February 28, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Sam

    Even if Willard stayed on script, he still needs to fire his team and maybe trade Andrea Saul for Ed Rollins. As for Santorum's rise, it won't mean a thing in November either. GOP is a non-stop comedy of errors that could threaten ratings for SNL,

    February 28, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Haha...well, we all knew the GOP/Teatrolls were sliding down a slippery slope with their "Anyone But Mittens" flavor of the month game...now we know why it was so slippery.....oh so slippery....

    February 28, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Ron

    Are Republicans just trying to say they don't like Romney? Or are they actually saying the like Santorum? If it's the latter, it's truly alarming. Everyday I think the campaign has gone as low as it can. Everyday I am surprised anew at some outrageous comment from a Republican that I couldn't even have imagined. The latest: promoting higher education makes you a snob; President Kennedy's speech makes Santorum want to throw-up? I listened to the speech–Santorum totally distorted what Kennedy said.

    February 28, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. ozzie

    Think about what you are doing, Ohio. Do you really want to inflict this dangerous, unpatriotic, deceitful, pro-wealthy, self-righteous man on our country? Santorum needs to just go home. As a Catholic and a Pennsylvanian, I find Ricky embarrassing.

    February 28, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    After tonite's much-closer-than-it-should-be win for Mittens, Rick the Inquisitor will be even farther ahead

    February 28, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    You know, maybe this is all a blessing in disguise. Santorum wins and then Obama beats the everloving tar out of him in November (and don't doubt that is precisely what will happen). Then, we're all treated to an earth-shattering popping noise later in December when the vast majority of conservatives finally pull their heads out of their backsides and recognize that the extremism they've coddled, encouraged and rabidly fostered the past 3+ years is horrifying, dangerous, societally damaging and won't do them a lick of good. At least, one can only hope...

    February 28, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Maybe, just maybe, Republican primary voters are smarter than I first thought. Are they voting for Santorum, or are they voting for Not-Romney? Here's what I mean. If they continue to vote for Not-Romney, Romney could eventually drop out, leaving Santorum in the driver's seat for the nomination.

    The Republican establishment seems to not want Santorum as their first choice. The Republican electorate seem to not want Romney as their first choice. In that scenario, a brokered convention would take Santorum out of the picture. Romney would already be out of the picture by virtue of unpopular vote. Both the establishment and electorate could get what they really want, a Beat-Obama candidate.

    Or, am I giving the GOP primary voters to much credit for long term thinking, and voting for their individual best interests.

    February 28, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. Matthew

    Santorum is winning Michigan!

    February 28, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. Dave

    Yo Mitt, while you are crying about the Dems voting in the Mich election, you dont seem to mention you voted in 92 for the same exact reason to hurt the Dems, You are truely a pathetic human being, KEEP DIGGIN, the hole is gettin SEVERLY deep.

    February 28, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Or, am I giving the GOP primary voters to much credit for long term thinking, and voting for their individual best interests."

    I'm gonna go with that. Too much credit. See trickle-down reaganomics.

    February 28, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Go Rick!

    February 28, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. jilli

    Just how much self-loathing must you possess to be a middle class/working class American who votes for republicans?

    February 28, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Get-Real

    I'll take any of these guys over Obama

    February 28, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    Rydy, they are not capable of long-term, strategic thinking: conservatives only think about themselves, and they only think in the short-term, never about the long-term damage they can do. They scream about their money, but don't want any of the responsibility that goes with it or the implications of the policies they enact. They are conservative because its easy.

    February 28, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Wendy

    Watch your back Santorum because whimpy Willard has his wife coming to get you. She must be blinded to that same dirty trick her husband is accusing you of having played. What a comedy it continues to be.

    February 28, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. TD40

    Makes me embarrassed to be from Ohio.

    February 28, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. JS

    Does Santorum know that people are purposely voting for him so Obama will win? Lol

    February 28, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |