Another poll shows Gingrich on the rise
November 4th, 2011
11:20 AM ET
11 years ago

Another poll shows Gingrich on the rise

Washington (CNN) - If you need more evidence that Newt Gingrich's bid for the GOP presidential nomination is on the rise, check out a new poll by ABC News and the Washington Post.

According to the survey, out Friday morning, 12% of Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP say they support the former House Speaker for their party's presidential nomination. That's up five points from one month ago. Gingrich is in fourth place in the new poll, one percentage point behind Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Gingrich was in third place at 10% support in a Quinnipiac University national poll released Wednesday, up seven points from late August. He stands at 12% in a recent Fox News Poll and at 10% in a recent CBS/New York Times survey.

And it's not just national polling. In Iowa, the first state to vote in the primary and caucus calendar, Gingrich is in fourth place, at 10%, according to a recent CNN/Time/ORC International Poll of registered Republicans.

Gingrich's campaign was left for dead by many in late spring, after a number of top advisers and staffers quit and the campaign faced financial difficulties.

But the former House Speaker has performed well in eight presidential debates held this year, acting as the elder statesman while many of his rivals for the nomination attacked each other. And his fundraising appears to be picking up. Gingrich says he raised more money in October than the $800,000 he brought in during the previous three months.

Gingrich credits his serious attitude with helping his bid for the nomination.

"I think people are more worried about this country today than any time in my lifetime. Now, I actually think that's the only time I make sense as a candidate because I'm a really serious person," said Gingrich on the campaign trail in South Carolina a few days ago. "I mean, you're not going to hire me to cheerlead at your birthday party but you might hire me to save the neighborhood."

A GOP strategist says that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's announcement last month that he would not run for the Republican nomination is also helping Gingrich in the polls.

"Newt began to edge up as soon as Gov. Christie announced (for the 27th time) that he would not be a candidate for president. That meant Republican primary voters stopped gazing at the political horizon and started analyzing the field," says Rich Galen, who advised Fred Thompson during his 2008 GOP presidential bid, and who is the author of, an online column,

"Newt does wonderfully in debates, he does wonderfully on TV, and he does wonderfully on talk radio. Other than Romney, who will get his share of conservatives but just about all of the moderates, Newt provides a comfort level to the GOP base–that he alone among the conservative candidates has national experience having been Speaker of the House, and thus had to think about issues beyond his Congressional District or his state," adds Galen, who in the 1990's also served as communications director for then House Speaker Gingrich's political shop, but who is not taking sides in this nomination battle.

- CNN Political Producer Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.

- Follow Paul Steinhauser on Twitter: @PSteinhauserCNN

Also see:

Poll: Obama and Romney all tied up in influential states

Poll: It's a lead for Obama in PA

Youngest voters back Obama; Oldest back Romney

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Polls
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Linda Pochmerski

    God help us!

    November 4, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    I know I'd LOVE to see him completely humiliate Obama in a debate.

    November 4, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. P. Sarver

    i could vote for a Cain/Gingrich ticket. In that order.

    November 4, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. KatieSilverSpring

    "According to the survey, out Friday morning, 12% of Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP say they support the former House Speaker"

    You get a better sense of the campaign direction when you ask, "who would you like to see NOT returning for a 2nd term?" Then you'd get at least a 90% name response from Republicans, Independents and not a few Democrats (which I am).
    Guess which name they'd "favor"?.

    November 4, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. Mark

    You are looking at the only politician in the last 30 years to fix our budget.

    The media gave Clinton the credit after he finally caved to the public supported contract with America

    November 4, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. Phil in KC

    Oh, please! He wasn't qualified to be speaker and now they want him to be president? Let's not forget some of the crap this guy pulled.

    November 4, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    That is going to continue, in my view.

    November 4, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    He's got no chance...but the MSM has to find something to report about instead of reporting about Cain's campaign's campaign finance law violations.

    November 4, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. margaret housman

    Newt is the only person running who will actually help this nation. He is the only one with the experience and intelligence to pull this nation out of the financial and moral mess we are in today. I don't understand why he is not leading the pack. He could debate anyone and win.

    November 4, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. EdPeters

    Unbelievable how a political campaign can be run for the purpose of selling books, etc.. Is this a great country or what!

    November 4, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. Voice of Reason

    "...Gingrich on the rise..."

    Yeah, it's all that HOT AIR.

    Seriously – this guy talks like he has all the answers. Like everyone is just stupid for not skipping the election altogether and immediately putting him in as president-for-life. He's so danged condescending, and yet his policies really arent anything to get excited about. They're either pie-in-the-sky ideas that arent practical enough to get implemented in a hundred years, or they are downriht oppressive and draconian.

    Now if you'll scuse me – I gotto go out and find a ten-foot-pole, so I can NOT touch Newt with it.

    November 4, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Manny

    He's got the experience and the knowledge. He can lead this country beyond class warfare and economic stagnation that at the end will be Obama's legacy.

    November 4, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. one voice

    Newt is way too far right to EVER be President. Him and Sarah would be a good one,two punch NOT!!!

    November 4, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Gingrich? The guy who was removed as House Speaker because of ethics violations?

    November 4, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Reggie from LA

    Geezis!! Please tell me that suddenly he's a better candidate. GOP/TP just kill me with "we love you, so and so" then sometime later they love a different so an so. I remember when Sylvester Stallone said he loved Sarah Palin. He didn't even know Sarah Palin. "We love you, Michelle. You're the greateast." "Get lost Michelle, we heart Herman right now". "Oh yeah and maybe Rick Perry". No rhyme or reason, just who's the most popular right now. This arrogant, conceited, condescending blow hard is not for the people. He thinks he's cute. He ain't!!

    November 4, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. emma

    What are the odds that Obama could win if his opponent is Gingrich?

    November 4, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. rs

    One thing gives Gingrich a huge heads-up over his other GOP/TP rivals: he is very, very bright. Unfortunately, he is likely the candidate with the lowest moral standards out there of any party.

    November 4, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. logic in LA

    I'm not a fan, but he know politics and doesn't make the same stupid comments or promises that the others do. He is the most qualified under the GOP Big Top.

    November 4, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. NameMorpunkt

    I knew it! The Teabagger/Evangelicals are Speed-dating to their next "not the Mormon" candidate, "flavor of the month". Then, once Newt is double-vetted for his serial adultery history, it will be on to someone else, like Rick, the teenager, Santorum.
    It gets more and more hysterical/Evangelical.

    November 4, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    Gingrich is extremely intelligent, knows the issues inside and out, experienced, balanced the country's books in the 90's, great ideas,.... Why would the country want Newt when they could have a total failure like Obama? I mean, things are just so great in this country under his non-leadership.

    November 4, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Namejkane

    Vote teapublian if you want to go back to the stone age,or have your mother kicked off soc sec and Medicare and medacade, republicans left 99% of the defict we now face and most of the lost jobs

    November 4, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |