Poll: Gingrich tops GOP field in Iowa
November 23rd, 2011
02:04 PM ET
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Poll: Gingrich tops GOP field in Iowa

(CNN) - A new poll shows former House Speaker Newt Gingrich ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by seven percentage points in Iowa, a state that holds the nation's first presidential contest.

According to a survey by the American Research Group, Gingrich tops the poll with 27% of support among likely Republican caucus goers, with Romney following behind at 20%.

While the margin falls within the sampling error, the poll reflects a significant bump for Gingrich, up from 8% since the survey was last conducted in September.

The poll, which was done almost entirely before CNN's Republican National Security Debate on Tuesday, reflects a steady rise in support for Gingrich in recent weeks, which he largely attributes to even debate performances.

Behind Gingrich and Romney, Texas Rep. Ron Paul took third with 16%, followed by Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Georgia businessman Herman Cain each with 6%. Texas Gov. Rick Perry came in with 5% and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman polled at 3%.

Also notable, Gingrich appears to have picked up a large portion of the tea party support in Iowa. Among likely GOP caucus-goers who identify with the grassroots movement, the former House Speaker led with 42%, up from 13% of tea party support in September. Texas Rep. Ron Paul followed behind at 19%.

The results in Iowa mirror a new CNN/ORC International Poll released Monday, which showed Gingrich at the top of the GOP field nationwide with 24%, with Romney in second at 20%.

The American Research Group interviewed 600 likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa by telephone Nov. 17-23, with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Polls
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Harvey Johnson

    How can anyone other than the 1% vote for a republican.They are liers, hypocrites, and bigoted individuals. They only care about themselves, a vote for a republican is a vote to cut SSN that you have worked for, Medicare, Medicad and Veterans benefits that I have earned by serving over 26 years in the milititary. I don't see any of them wanting to cut their benefits, after this election if you vote for a republican be sure to tell all veterans and elderly people how you voted to cut their lively hoods and cut the programs that they worked their whole lives for. When you wave your flags make sure you remember how you just screwed the veterans that you are waving the flag for and be sure to referance yourself as a hypocrite just like the Republican Party.

    November 23, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. chuck weidemann

    With every debate, with every poll, with every word out of the mouth of every poll leader so far...another undecided,decides...Obama is our president!!

    November 23, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. FLIndependent

    I really think Repub voters are going off the deep end and just don't know which way to turn to defeat their arch enemy, President Obama. I have a relative who, not so long ago, didn't like Newt at all. Now, all of a sudden, since he is supposedly in the lead, she thinks he's so smart! Funny how all their morals and family values get shelved so quickly!

    November 23, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Leslie

    This shows you how out of touch the GOP is with the American people!! Gingrich is a liar AND if you say you are a Christian you surely wouldn't vote for this immoral jerk!

    November 23, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. Clwyd

    How fitting for the republican party to have a family centered party, or so they claim, has a man who has been unfaithful to more than one wife and has lied about the 41.6 million that Fanny and Freddy paid him as a lobbyist!

    November 23, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Dreamer96

    Why not the conservatives in Iowa are nuts anyway..The conservative farmers in Iowa, can not drink their own well water because it is contaminated by the chemicals they use on their own crops...and they keep using those same chemicals too...Is this a plan that makes sense to anybody else?

    Newt Gingrich is the big New World Order Fan...So of course the people who are scare of the new world order are following one of it's promoters, that makes sense does'nt it now.

    Newt Gingrich helped plan the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq, I think he's played enough already with the lives of the U.S. soldiers...But do the conservatives in Iowa even know this little secret..
    Newt Gingrich should go home, before the World International Criminal Court in Hague, Nertherlands charges him with war crimes too......
    Dick Cheney, is big with the Iowan conservatives too, but Cheney can not travel outside the U.S. without being surrounded by U.S. troops because he is afraid of being arrested for war crimes by the International Criminal Court of Hague, Netherlands...waterboarding is listed on the Geneva Convention 4th meeting articals 3, 31, and 32

    November 23, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Roy

    I want to say, "If she can't stand the heat stay out of the kitchen." But where would that leave her?

    November 23, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Debby

    Leslie, I agree how can a true Christian vote for Gingrich after him leaving and having an affair with someone while his wife had breast cancer. This man is NOT Presidential material mentally and morally.

    November 23, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. unsub

    bachman told lies all night and sweaty perry just sounded like a dummy. cain answered each question with "it depends..." what a steamy mess!

    November 23, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. Independent Voters

    Please 2012 election hurry I am tire of these no qualify candidates running for president. Newt seem like a evil man and he got much baggage. The democrat going to bring all the dirt about Newt in his pass out doing the general election.

    Vote all republicans out of the office.

    November 23, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    "Romney is a businessman, knows how to create jobs and has proven his experience working."

    Does history mean nothing to you? Romney's history is one of destroying jobs, not creating them. Try to wrap you mind around things like facts, the truth and history, not the Fakes News talking points and GOBP deathcult manure they dish our daily,

    And there is nothing magical about business experience. Cheney and Bush allegedly had "business experience" and they were a disaster for America. We sure don't need anymore businessmen ruining our country after those two got done hosing the 99%.

    November 23, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Disillusioned Fence Sitter

    I thought the whole debate was a lackluster failure. The GOP is idolizing Gingrich. Well, I didn't see reason last night. The only one thinking his OWN LOGICAL THOUGHTS remains RON PAUL.

    November 23, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Surfstud31

    I must agree with REG in AZ. I'm embarrassed anymore to be a Republican. What happened to my big tent party of Reagan? The Conservatives have highjacked the Republican party (as extremists often do) and are making a mess of governing this country. Moderate Republicans need to stand up to these extremist Conservatives and take back our party.

    November 23, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Al-NY,NY

    Good news. The Newster is a shoo-in landslide Obama reelection. The GOP can't seem to make up their little minds on a candidate. Mittens is the only viable one but his cult status is a holdback and he can't even break 25% of Republicans.

    November 23, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Phil in KC

    The caucuses are still 2 months away. Look back over the last 2 months and see how many times the lead has changed. Newt is just getting his 15 minutes in the spotlight.

    November 23, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. rs

    Seriously. This is the best the GOP has?

    November 23, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Famous Person #11

    Ron Paul will dominate Iowa, and everywhere else. This will be the same landslide Reagan enjoyed over Carter.

    November 23, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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