Poll: Santorum well ahead in Louisiana
March 23rd, 2012
11:38 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Santorum well ahead in Louisiana

(CNN) – Rick Santorum holds a substantial lead over the other Republican presidential candidates in Louisiana ahead of the state's Saturday primary, according to a new survey.

The American Research Group poll showed the former Pennsylvania senator received 43% support among likely Republican voters, ahead of rival Mitt Romney's 27%, Newt Gingrich's 20% and Ron Paul's 6%.

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Santorum led among self identified supporters of the tea party and those who do not back the grassroots movement. He also received the top spot among men with 42% to Romney's 24%, Gingrich's 21% and Paul's 9%. Among women he received 44% support, followed by Romney's 30%, Gingrich's 19% and Paul's 3%.

Friday's results mirror other polling taken in the Pelican State that shows Santorum's message resonating in the state, in which 20 delegates are at stake.

ARG surveyed 600 likely Republican primary voters between March 20 and March 22 with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.


Filed under: 2012 • Louisiana • Mitt Romney • Polls • Rick Santorum
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Loren, Keene NH

    You mean to tell me that LA republicans are going to vote for a candidate who wants Obama to beat Romney...that should tell you all everything. Even if you don't find Romney conservative enough, he certainly is more conservative than Obama!

    Come on LA..vote Romney!!!

    March 23, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    Louisiana republicans on right track

    March 23, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    Santorum is the type of guy that has lived off the Ffederal government all his life to take care of his family and is waiting for anothyer handout which he knows he doesn't deserve nor is he qualified. Sad.

    March 23, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Joe

    Would love to see a debate between Obama and Santorum. Obama would shred him into dust.

    March 23, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Robert

    The higher the % vote for Santorum in Louisiana, the higher the % of the public there that is uninformed.

    March 23, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. bullock w

    I am not vote for santorun but he like more trouble blame on mitten roomney

    March 23, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Robert

    If Santorum is not dignified enough to rise above the infantile "Etch-a-Sketch" thing, then just maybe he needs to suck on a baby pacifier as well. If Louisiana votes for him rather than Romney, then they deserve everything they get.

    March 23, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. John

    Santorum voters have every right to voice their opinion.but It is clear that Santorum cannot win. He needs to win 70% of the remaining delegates to clinch the nomination. Romney is leading nationally and is expected to win Wisconsin, Maryland, Delaware and D.C. Wisconsin is a winner takes all state. The race is not over but Romney would have to suffer a total collapse in the polls in order for him to not take the nomination.

    March 23, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Rein

    Romney is willing to say anything or change any position to win, and he'll use glitches in the primary system and massive negative spending to win the nomination even if most Republicans don't like or trust him. Without outspending his opponents by as much as 10 to 1, Mitt would already be out... He's running away from his own record as governor, and still acts like there is something murky about his taxes and finances. Mitt never explained why exactly he parked millions overseas, rather than investing in America. He should ride atop is own vehicle in a kennel for a few hours to learn some empathy toward animals...

    March 23, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. 4 More Years!!!

    Nothing better than a flailing, desperate GOP!!!

    March 23, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Riley

    Prediction: Romney will win in Louisiana after Santorum's stupid comments today.

    March 23, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. Namesatberry

    Actually they do deserve what they get a true conservative and not a liberal who is lying.

    March 23, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. Lindsey

    Hey, Louisiana! Vote for me!!! I'll make sure there's a Bible in every bed and an Etch-A-Sketch in every toolbag!!!

    Well, if you don't vote for me, then vote for my buddy, Obama.

    Love, The Rickster

    March 23, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Eddie

    Santorum is a very "average" at best candidate but I would say fairly conservative Republican but Mitt Romney is a joke! I think he is a "flip-flopper" much like John Kerry and he comes across as very fake. I think he tells these crowds ust what they want to hear. Romney would be a very weak general election candidate for the GOP.

    March 23, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Louisiana is a welfare state

    Not to be mean, but Louisiana survives because of federal handouts. For every dollar they pay in federal taxes, they get much more in return. But they still want to vote for a guy who will cut off that support, just because they like his faith.

    March 23, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. rob

    How can this ultra negative person appeal to anyone?

    March 23, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. Lee

    Most of the polling was done before Santorum told people to vote for Obama in November if Romney is the nominee. I think that statement will backfire and he will lose votes over it. Newt might get some more votes thanks to Rick, but I think true conservatives will perfer Romney over Obama in November.

    Mitt2012

    March 23, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. okcthunder

    A vote for Santorum is a vote for Obama. I just love how in open primaries Democrats vote for Santorum because they know Obama would easily beat him. Republicans need to realize that the election is won by who gets the independent vote, and the only Republican who can do that is Romney. When the opposing team wants the other guy (Santorum) what does that say about how weak Santorum is? Think logically my fellow Republicans, Romney needs to be our man.

    March 23, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. kel from south carolina

    Why do people who consider Rick non-electable, keep voting for him. Only Mitt Romney can beat Obama and the GOP has to get this message across. Stop the stupid games and get serious about breating Obama. Semper Fi

    March 23, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Whiplash

    If Rick Santorum is willing to vote for Obama over Romney Then all real Conservative should help Rick out By making sure Newt is his choice over Obama!

    March 23, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. jackie

    Wow, I am shocked (sarcasm added)

    March 23, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. Alger Dave

    The reason Santorum (or I ) would consider voting for Obama, or maybe really not voting at all, instead of voting for Romney is because conservative Republicans need to send a message to the 'hierarchy' of the GOP (whomever that is). We don't like candidates like Romney because they simply cannot be trusted to back conservative values if they get elected. We have to stop putting RINOs up in the general election. McCain was bad enough, but at least you understood what he stood for and against. With Romney, what he's for and against depends on that day's political wind direction. And he just keeps flip flopping. DON'T, and I repeat, DON'T vote for anyone, of either party, that you cannot trust to at least try to do what he says he's going to do if elected. Romney cannot be trusted by anyone.

    March 23, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. Someone

    Hoo boy. If you want a clue as to how completely and utterly deluded and out-of-touch with reality the hardline Republicans are, look no further than their belief that Santorum is actually electable. He's not. At all. He's way too hardline and would never grab enough swing voters. That and he's a disgusting social authoritarian. Romney, though he may be a stuffed suit, at least has the capacity to grab those swing votes.

    March 23, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. REALLY?

    I think this was also the case in several other states where Little Ricky ended up losing. His latest foot in mouth will deliver more parity to this one after all. Thanks little Ricky!

    MITT

    March 23, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. allen in luziana

    LOL at tea party. I guess you ignore Santorum's history in Washington. You're no better than the blind Obama supporters.

    March 23, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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