Poll: Romney tops field in Wisconsin
March 27th, 2012
04:15 PM ET
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Poll: Romney tops field in Wisconsin

(CNN) - One week before Wisconsin holds its Republican presidential primary, a new poll indicates Mitt Romney with an eight point advantage over Rick Santorum.

According to a Marquette Law School poll released Tuesday, 39% of likely Wisconsin GOP primary voters say they are backing Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who's the front-runner in the race for the nomination, with 31% supporting Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania. Eleven percent of people questioned said they're backing Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, with 5% supporting former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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Forty-two delegates are at stake when Wisconsin holds its primary next Tuesday. Maryland and the District of Columbia also have GOP presidential contests on April 3.

The poll also looks ahead to the general election, when Wisconsin could be a contested state in the battle for the White House. According to the survey, President Barack Obama holds a 48%-43% margin over Romney among Wisconsin voters, with Obama leading Santorum 51%-39%, topping Paul 50%-40%, and beating Gingrich 53%-36%.

The Marquette Law School poll was conducted March 22-25, with 707 registered voters in Wisconsin, including 349 likely GOP primary voters, questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points, with a sampling error of plus or minus 5.4 percentage points for questions only of likely GOP primary voters.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story

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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "Obama is DOWN in every demographic group except black voters (wonder why with the very high unemployment rate)."

    Again with the echo chamber? Sigh...the following results are literally mathematically impossible if what you just claimed is true about Obama losing in every demographic but black people:

    McClatchy/Marist 3/20 – 3/22 46 44 Obama +2
    Rasmussen Tracking 3/24 – 3/26 45 44 Obama +1
    PPP (D) 3/15 – 3/17 48 44 Obama +4
    FOX News 3/10 – 3/12 46 42 Obama +4
    Reuters/Ipsos 3/8 – 3/11 52 41 Obama +11
    Bloomberg 3/8 – 3/11 47 47 Tie
    Pew Research 3/7 – 3/11 54 42 Obama +12
    CBS News/NY Times 3/7 – 3/11 47 44 Obama +3
    Average: Obama +4.6

    March 27, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. ourjungle

    Santorum....you beat up on Romney and barely nothing on Obama...I fully expect for George Soros to start supporting you. For sure, you would be a great VP for Obama.

    March 27, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    @Truth

    Obama keeps polling better and better among Republican women.
    Guess who he has to thank for that. Republicans!

    March 27, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    GonzoinHouston – Mitt seems to run well in blue states, and worse in the red. It does not bode well for Novembe
    r===============
    So you honestly think Red states are going to vote for Obama??!!! Next joke!
    Actually this bodes very, very well for Romney. He's winning the independent voters

    I'm talking about the general election Rudy. Red/Blue doesn't apply to Republican primaries. Try to keep up.
    -------------------------
    Gonzo was talking about the primaries that have already been held. Pop!

    March 27, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    "Boy do I love those Packers" "I drink two glasses of milk every day"......pandering Mittens

    March 27, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. Jules

    Carpet bombing his way to anotheer win. That means I have to write another check to President Obama.

    March 27, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Tweet of the day from Matt Romney

    We will overturn Obama care , defeat Obama in Nov.
    Send him back to Kenya .

    Then make some real money

    March 27, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    Don't be concerned about President Obama's poll numbers, they are right where we want them at this time. Furthermore, we are all Americans regardless of our ethnic group or political preference and that won't change.

    March 27, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Sniffit
    "Obama is DOWN in every demographic group except black voters (wonder why with the very high unemployment rate)."
    Again with the echo chamber? Sigh...the following results are literally mathematically impossible if what you just claimed is true about Obama losing in every demographic but black people:

    McClatchy/Marist 3/20 – 3/22 46 44 Obama +2
    Rasmussen Tracking 3/24 – 3/26 45 44 Obama +1
    PPP (D) 3/15 – 3/17 48 44 Obama +4
    FOX News 3/10 – 3/12 46 42 Obama +4
    Reuters/Ipsos 3/8 – 3/11 52 41 Obama +11
    Bloomberg 3/8 – 3/11 47 47 Tie
    Pew Research 3/7 – 3/11 54 42 Obama +12
    CBS News/NY Times 3/7 – 3/11 47 44 Obama +3
    Average: Obama +4.6
    =========================================================================================
    Two bogus polls completely OUT of the range of the others are skewing this average and must be disregarded. ALL are probably within the margin of error and notice Obama does NOT have 50% in ANY of them.

    And gas prices have only gotten worse since these were taken!

    Like I said... bye bye Obama.

    March 27, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. CanadaONE

    Canadian poll shows that 99% of the people in Canada want Romney to loose and 1% want the other 3 to win over Romney

    100% like Obama

    March 27, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. Exrepublican

    After all the b.s. the people went through with gov. walker in wisconsin romney dont have a chance their in the general election.Most of the people in wisconsin remember what the gop did to their workers and teachers and will not let that happen again.

    March 27, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. patrick

    vote for the job creator mitt rommey. with his money bank overseas taking advantage of all the tax loophole the republican give to him & his 5 trust fund kids these are who the republican call JOB CREATORS

    March 27, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  13. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    People out there must be dummer than we all though, to bad for them!!!

    March 27, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  14. ltinny

    Romney may look good among independent voters now..but wait until the general election..when he shakes up his etch a sketch xxxx for brains...and starts changing his stand on everything...lol...

    OBAMA 2012!

    March 27, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. DeMarcus

    The republican party is unfortunately self destructive, in that the candidates weaken each other and then one of them always ends up in the news for something. If they could come up with the same ideas but not say something foolish every week, then the party would stand a good chance at winning.

    March 27, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  16. ltinny

    OBAMA 2012! Romney just doesn't get it..even his own don't like him.

    March 27, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  17. Patrick from Minnesota

    Truth, stop watching Fox Opinion and check the polls. Last I saw Obama was beating Romney by 8 points in Independents. Sure, call it a liberal media conspiracy. But THAT'S the truth and nothing but the truth.

    March 27, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  18. packerfans

    Wisc Voters Come on Vote for Mitt Romney who can save America!! Dont Vote for Rick or Newt! and Obama on November!! Obama had failure 16.5 trillions Debts and will be increase loan trillions his second terms!! Open mind Vote for Mitt Romney!! Rick should race in POPE!! and throw out President John f Kenndy who was best President!! Do Not Vote for Rick!! Awake up Wisc Voter for Mitt Romney only!!

    March 27, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  19. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem with the GOP winning is that they assume that they are going to get people to vote for either a flip-flopper, a social/cultural conservative that doesn't recognize the age, a man who seems to be in love with his own ideas, and a an idealist who doesn't recognize the world he is living in. These aren't a great set of choices to go against Obama come November.

    March 27, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  20. John Locke

    Gary Johnson 2012! I'm not falling for the false left/right paradigm anymore. Anybody who believes there is a meaningful difference between these two equally worthless parties is a delusional tool!

    March 27, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  21. The-Least-Unelectable

    According to the latest CNN poll:

    "Six in ten Romney voters say they don't strongly support Romney."

    "Santorum scores higher than Romney on likeability, honesty, compassion, values, and his stands on the issues."

    ROFLOL

    March 28, 2012 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  22. Carol

    Can we trust Mitt Romney? Lets see... a successful businessman who donated his inheritance and became a multimillionaire with hardwork, a devoted husband to a wife with MS and breast cancer and his wife stands by his side as his personal endorsement, a grandfather who has raised wonderful and intelligent children and grandchildren, a man who saved the Olympics, a trusted Massachusettes governor who governed with responsibility, trusted by his colleague and generally liked and advocated by those who has actually worked with him and knows his work ethics.

    Can we trust Mitt as our leader?: YES WE CAN TRUST MITT... HE HAS DEMONSTRATED LEADERSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITY.

    What about Santorum... who has voted against "conservative" principals and voted against principals just to be in with the crowd and NOT LIKED BY THOSE WHO HAS WORKED WITH HIM NOT TRUSTED BY HIS
    CONSTITUENTS...??? hmmm... I'm not sure I can.

    March 28, 2012 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  23. tcaros

    Republican women are realizing what a bunch of false moralizing whimps the Republican party is.

    And the top whimp is going to clench up soon after his heart replacement.. clench baby clench.

    March 28, 2012 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  24. Pedro a Delgado

    Romney support by the Republican Party Brass is equivalent
    to Political Suicide for Republicans in November 6.

    Just take a look to the recent Louisiana map where Santorum
    obliterated Romney on spite of the Governor supporting him.

    March 28, 2012 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  25. W.G.

    Lets remember something here folks this isn´t the election . This is only the primary where the the party
    of " Division and Hate" pick the republican Vampires they want to suck yet more blood out of our country .
    Lets wait and vote in the real election and remember what these "Right Wing Creeps " have done to
    our country . They call Obama a Socialist but like China , the republicans want to do away with and outlaw
    UNIONS and dignity in the workplace ! Lets vote all the republicxans out of office . Starting with those IDIOTS
    that signed the pledge that is stifling America today A plan written by a guy when he was 12 years old !
    Any republican is bad for our country with their divisiveness and hate for the common man . Remember
    this the top 10 poorest states in the U.S. are republican lead .

    March 28, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
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