Poll: Santorum support dips in home state
March 28th, 2012
09:44 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Santorum support dips in home state

(CNN) – Rick Santorum's lead in the race for the GOP nomination in his home state has apparently disappeared, according to a new poll in Pennsylvania.

The Franklin and Marshall College Poll released Wednesday indicated Santorum with 30% support among likely Republican primary voters compared to Mitt Romney's 28% support. Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich trailed with 9% and 6% backing respectively.

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Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, led Romney, 45% to 16%, in a February survey, before his approval started to wane nationally.

Santorum supporters in Keystone State listed his moral character as the No. 1 reason for their support, while Romney backers listed the former Massachusetts governor's ability to beat President Barack Obama as their primary reason.

Santorum's favorability ratings fell in the most recent survey, while Romney's remained consistent, ahead of the state's April 24 contest.

The former two-term senator's approval dipped to 54% in March, down from 63% in February and up from 46% in January. Romney's favorable rating was 46% in March, similar to February's 40% and January's 42%.

Nearly one in five Romney supporters might vote for the eventual nominee, if it is one of Romney's rivals. But only one in twenty of Santorum supporters had the same response.

However, a Quinnipiac University Poll, also released Wednesday, showed Obama edged out his Republican rivals in the state in hypothetical general election match ups. The president bested Romney 45% to 42% and took a more decisive lead over Santorum in the state, 48% to 41%.

The Franklin and Marshall poll surveyed likely primary voters between March 20 and March 25 with a sampling error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Is that taxpayer funded Secret Service?

    March 28, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. Bessy

    The people in Pa. can't stand Santorum and when they all get to see his latest " scare tactic " ads they will dislike him even more. The man is a blooming idiot and people in Pa don't forget some of the tricks he pulled on them when he was their Senator. His kids were not always home schooled and he even lied as to where he lived so that he could send them to private schools out of state. He shouldn't talk about BS because everyting that comes out of his lying mouth is BS.

    March 28, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. Lee

    If Santorum can't win Pennsylvaina, he should drop out. He didn't even make the ballot in Virginia, the state he was born in. He said if Romney couldn't win Michigan that Mitt's campaign was doomed. Mitt took Michigan, the state where he was born, and Massachusetts, where he was governer, and I think it is safe to say Mitt will also get Utah, where he ran the Olympics. By Rick' reasoning, his own campaign is doomed if he looses his own two home states.

    March 28, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    I think Santorum will do better in Pennsylvania than Willard did in Michigan.

    March 28, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. s

    Of Course it will, the people of the state know he is a Looser and a CHURCH FREAK

    March 28, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. thomas

    His home State , where he lost his Senate seat . Pennsylvania's don't like a loose cannon .

    Rick , needs to stop dragging his children around as photo props.

    March 28, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    I guess enough people are remembering who Rick Santorum is.

    March 28, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Kenneth

    "Santorum supporters in Keystone State listed his moral character as the No. 1 reason for their support,"

    His what? What moral character? This guy is a toad.

    March 28, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Not surprised with Santorum's falling poll numbers. Like Palin and Bachmann, he has a difficult time controlling what comes out of his mouth. His emotional diatribes on religion and social issues turn off voters. The emotional outbursts also cast doubts about his fitness and character to be president.

    March 28, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Pubes are falling in line behind Mittens, the chosen one ow the Kochs, Rove and Wall Street.

    March 28, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Oh that is bad. Even the Newt carried his own state. And he has the likeability of a wolverine with a migrane. Saint Orem likes to claim the moral high ground while following the religous precepts of a church that consistently is anti-female. No women allowed in a position of authority (Priests, Cardinals, Bishops, Archbishops, Pope). Women are to be bearers of children, not equals in a life partnership with their husbands.
    But then again Romney is a mormon and his religion will not allow blacks in a position of authority in their church. They can join but they will never be allowed a leadership role in the church.
    Makes that whole church and state thing kind of important, doesn't it.

    March 28, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Nobama

    Pier 1 Imports (PIR) is closing three stores in my area.

    Expect some going-out-of-business sales in your area, too!!

    March 28, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Honest Abe

    Santorum has had too many "Howard Dean" moment's. He's allowed the media to coax him off topic and he's been a big baby when it comes to campaigning against Mitt Romney. In fact, he's taken things too personally.

    Mitt Romney is the best candidate for president of the two parties. He's super qualified, he's very educated (more so than Obama), he has experience and been successful in various facets of life (business, as governor and leading the 2002 Olympic games) and everyone that works or associates with him loves him (trust them and not the soundbite nation).

    Romney in 2012.

    March 28, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Nobama

    This koke won't shut up until the GOP voters deal him with an embarrassing defeat as they did six years ago.

    March 28, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    It's only a poll, folks.

    March 28, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. People IsStupid

    The only support he ever had here in PA was the AmericanTaliban (far religious right). Hopefully this menance will soon disappear for good.

    March 28, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Dan

    Rick should stay in the south, the majority of us do not want him back in Pennsylvania. He has proven to us what he is when he was a senator, he was already trying to set the stage for a presidential campaign and not representing us. After he got removed from office and continued to live outside of Pa. he scammed a local school districts tax payers to pay for his kids cyber schooling, he should have been charged with theft and fraud.

    March 28, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. GI Joe

    Santorum IS a dip....

    He is just stirring up as much hate and lies and distortions as possible. Living free off of his millionaire's "donations" as long as he can.

    March 28, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |