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

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. george of the jungle

    iowas is all for pimp daddy big deal! Man can spin anything to suite his needs. Only thing he cant' spin is the truth

    November 23, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. REG in AZ

    Why would a Republican vote for Obama and the Democrats? Because they realize the current Republican Party really only represents the very few. Because they want the Grande Ole Party, with a sincere interest in the people, back and see the only way to get that is to totally and firmly reject what they have become. Because they recognize the truth, that America isn’t coming close to being a “Liberal” society but it is quickly progressing towards being a “two class” society with the very few (1%) having greatly and the majority (99%) having very little (as continually proven by the growing spread between the wealthy and the total middle class). Because they recognize and understand that the severe problems weren’t caused by excessive taxes or government spending but rather are the result of exploitation by the few, costing the majority greatly and with a permissive government being co-responsible. Because they see that “the money” is aggressively and arrogantly working against the population, obnoxiously even taking them for granted, to achieve their goal of always “more” for the rich regardless of what it costs everyone else. Because the Republican Party’s actions clearly show that their stated positions are just subterfuge to deceive and put over their actual self-serving actions. Because they don’t want to return to “more of the same”, Bush-Cheney style, that cost the majority so much. Maybe simply because they are part of the 99% and not the 1%, or just because they want to vote their conscience!

    November 23, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    It would appear that the Iowan anti-Romneys have been busy getting themselves organized. These poll results should please the RonPaulites. Every flavor of the month has lasted a few weeks. When Newt falls Paul looks to be the next in line, which is a very good thing for him because that time frame would fall right at the start of primary season.

    November 23, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Felicia

    These polls mean nothing. Another poll has Ron Paul in first place. And in another poll, Herman Cain is in first. I'm convinced they are all just exaggerated guesses. It's going to be funny when Ron Paul wins Iowa, and people realize the inaccuracies of these polls.

    November 23, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. Suzyn

    Well, after Gingrich said that he wants rights/benefits/amnesty for illegals---his approval/support will be going down.

    Do another poll in about 2 weeks, and see what happens then!!

    November 23, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |

    Not when they find out that Newt is for amnesty.

    November 23, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The question is can he maintain this lead. Can he win Iowa? I am thinking that he might just be a flash in the pan and start to drop soon.

    November 23, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. WhereIsPalin

    Are the people of Iowa changing their positions?
    Are the candidates changing their positions?
    Who really represents the republican party? or for that matter, the democratic party?

    All the parties should select their candidates and then let the people decide how to vote. If your party doesn't nominate an electable candidate, then your party needs to think differently. Rescue the nominating process from being just a 'beauty pageant'.

    November 23, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. v_mag

    @WhereIsPalin – Exactly right about the nominating process. Candidates concentrate on saying what the people of small states like Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina want to hear. The rest of us can just eat dirt, since we'll never have a meaningful vote for who winds up on the ticket. But people just accept this, like they accept the ridiculous Electoral College. They talk about who they are going to vote for, like their vote is meaningful. Anyone who votes in a non-swing state makes not one whit of difference, since the parties have the large majority of states locked up.

    Remember how we never used to see articles about how much money and how little taxes the 1% paid? That's the way disenfranchisement is treated, and it's just as important as income inequality.

    November 23, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Emperor Norton

    Some of us lived through the '90s and remember that Gingrich is a scumbag. He'll flame out soon, just like all the rest did.

    November 23, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. ..a laurel and hardy handshake..

    Now Newt darlin', THE IOWANS STILL THINK THAT Michele darlin' has THAT TOUCH, TOO !
    ..(Michele darlin' doesn't know that the members of the House Intelligence Committee DO NOT TELL HER EVERYTHING !)
    .. Rick darlin', now you can N-HEAD it back to Austin.
    ..Ron, they HAVE AWARDED YOU A NEW ROCKING CHAIR – it was recovered from a DEAD SHARK !
    ..Mitt darlin (and we DO mean darlin'), DisneyWorld will collect you for it's NEVERLAND GREETING ROBOT !!
    ..Herman darlin', PLEASE STAY ON YOUR SIDE OF THE ROOM !
    ..PRESIDENT OBAMA, please pardon these teanut-gop candidates;
    ......................................................... and FIVE MORE YEARS FOR YOUR PRESIDENCY !!

    November 23, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. skalamba

    Americans!!! Wake-up Jobs is the number 1 issue here in America and it is hurting we have to wise in doing our election or how are we gonna change this nation. We have to vote for someone that can change this nation like it's use to be.

    Romney is a businessman, knows how to create jobs and has proven his experience working. He has the values and can solve problems. He's the man that can beat Obama.

    we will vote for him!!!

    November 23, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Elijah Keith

    Mr. Child Labor Gingrich needs a reality check and should look in the history books at why children labor instead of pursuing healthier activities. It's because they are FORCED to labor either economically or politically.

    November 23, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. ReasonableViews

    Don't underestimate Newt. My guess is that he's thought more than a couple steps ahead. Knowing that Romney has already taken positions similar to Newt's, he baited Romney into criticizing him. Newt's position is pretty reasonable. First blush was predictably criticism of Gingrich about amnesty, predictably in all caps. Now Romney's going to get called on the carpet for his reversal on this issue, and Gingrich will come out looking like a reasonable person, no different than Romney on the policy, but at least honest and not a flip-flopper. http://bit.ly/tUWBBz

    November 23, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. diridi

    this idiot is a total corrupt, and Romney is a joker....that's it...

    November 23, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. Peace

    It is quite entertaining to watch the circus of GOP changing their mind the way they change cloths. This needs to go into history books!

    November 23, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Goptfascists Nationalists Party - radical "regressive" bigoted intolerant fanaticism screwing the USA

    Gingeritch is a typical Repub who thinks he always right no matter what the issue and in truth rarely is.

    November 23, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. I Newt it

    Everybody doesn't like somebody but no body can disagree that Newt is the best suited to turn this mess (ALL) around. Don't agree, don't vote. We won't need ya!

    November 23, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. Goptfascists Nationalists Party - radical "regressive" bigoted intolerant fanaticism screwing the USA

    Where did this nonsense come from that that we need a business "guy" to run our government?
    We had that with Bush/Cheney and we can see how he screwed everything up. And by now Romney has been in government/politics just about as long as he was in private industry. And in private industry a big part of his being successful was in ending American jobs by chopping up and selling off the pieces of American companies.
    The only GOP business "guy" is Cain – and he's a total fruit-loop.

    November 23, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. brian e

    "Even the humblest of Party member is expected to be competent, industrious, and even intelligent within narrow limits, but it is also necessary that he should be a credulous and ignorant fanatic whose prevailing moods are fear, hatred, adulation, and orgiastic triumph. In other words it is necessary that he should have the mentality appropriate to a state
    of war." -George Orwell – Nineteen Eighty-Four- (sounds like the GOP establishment at the moment)

    VOTE for RON PAUL!!!

    November 23, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Thomas

    Romney and Gingrich , the privileged and the entitled !

    The GOP must be out of Ideas. Old Men with Old ideas !

    November 23, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Patricksday

    Tired old Corporate Servant why doesnt he enjoy his golden years and play golf. New Wine requires New Bottles not the same old dirty bottle.

    November 23, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. chuck weidemann

    Keep giving these turkeys more rope,,quite amusing to watch them keep tying themselves up in it!!! Keystone Cops have nothing on this group!!!

    November 23, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. Thomas

    It's so sad watching these people on stage , it's even more disheartening to know the world is watching !

    How embarrassing !
    Newt Gingrich / Tom DeLay
    ROLL OUT THE BARRAL $$$$$$$$$$$ Lobby

    November 23, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |

    Newt is NOT changing from old meany 'Chuckie'...fire the janitors and hire poor inner city kids as janitors to clean schools. Now, he's going to show compassion for illegals and even unify the country. Liar. No thanks Mr. Gingrich. We like the mean one, who disrespects the president and mistreats his sick wife and rakes in millions. From now on children/students, look at these candidates as an example and bash any one of them who becomes president, no matter which one, except Mr. Paul. Luv Daniels, Gary, Indiana

    November 23, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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