Poll: Gingrich's lead extends to South Carolina
November 29th, 2011
01:56 PM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Gingrich's lead extends to South Carolina

(CNN) – Rising Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich received the most support among likely Republican primary voters in South Carolina in a new poll, mirroring his standing in recent national polls.

The American Research Group survey released Tuesday showed the former House speaker with 33% support in the early voting state followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 22%, former pizza executive Herman Cain at 10% and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and Texas Gov. Rick Perry tied at 8%. The other candidates garnered less than 5%.

A similar poll taken in October, before accusations of sexual harassment were leveled at Cain, showed him leading the pack with 26%. Romney received 25% support with Perry following at 15% and Gingrich at 8%.

The most recent CNN/ORC International Poll showed Gingrich in the top spot among Republican and Republican-leaning voters nationally, with 24% support. Romney came in at 20%, followed by Cain at 17%, Perry at 11%, Paul at 9% and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota at 5%.

The American Research Group poll surveyed 600 likely Republican primary voters via telephone between November 25 and November 28 with a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Polls • South Carolina
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Denverite

    My border collie is smarter than Obama, Reid and Pelosi put together. So sick of the bleedy heart liberals thinking that this country owes them a living, Nothing is for free – I'm paying your bill. ANY REPUBLICANN canidate would be better than what is in office now.

    November 29, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Laverne

    So Gringrich's past indescretions are not relevant now??? These guys are like the old dirty preachers who are always preaching to the church, but not living what they preach! If this is what it has come down too, I will now reconsider voting for Obama.

    November 29, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. ST

    Who is gluing Romney at 22%, 23% in every poll which is taken? For those who are doing the polling, please next time save your time just write the numbers. You are aware of them already.

    November 29, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    He's a slick one Mr. Grinch...
    He's a mean, amoral, man.
    Gotta watch this one. He learned a tough lesson back in the '90s. He'll be harder to catch this time around.
    He's a slick one this Newt Grinch.....

    November 29, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Romney, he changes his positions as often as his magic underwear.

    We's be in trouble. Mittens is cowarding in corner hiding from newt. Have at the dirty Mormon newt.

    November 29, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    Personally, I can't stand any of the GOP candidates including, Huntsman but please God don't give us Romney, Paul or Bachmann.

    November 29, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. Clwyd

    nominate him Please! He will be torn apart with his flip flops and his flopping in bed with other woman other than his wives!

    November 29, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Rosslaw

    When he fails to get the nomination Newt can go back to being a "historian" for Fannie Mae for seven figure retainers as he accused Barney Frank and Frank Dodd and for which Newt said they, but not he, should go to prison.

    November 29, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Jariv

    @B.Bear1 - Yes Gingrich suffers the flip flop. You just haven't done your reading. Gingrich is a disgust to America. I really don't know how stupid Republicans will be that they will be to vote for this old unmoral guy. Come on America, Wake Up!!!! Now !!!! I would rather vote more of the same (Obama) rather than vote for Ging. If he is the nominee, Bye Bye Republican for the presidency.

    November 29, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "They are only relevant for a moment in time every four years and then the rest of the country forgets about them."

    I sure as hell don't forget about them: like most virulently red states, THEY are the ones the rest of us are really paying for (not the imaginary "bleeding heart oprah watching librul welfare wh-res who drive cadillacs" the GOPers in said red states are taught by St. Reagan et al. to project themselves onto). For every $1.00 in federal taxes SC contributes, it receives approximately $1.35 to $1.40 in federal aid and assistance. That's a return of 35-40%. Guess where it comes from? That's right...blue states like MA that gets back $0.80 on the dollar. Guess what happens to SC if it stops getting said aid?

    November 29, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. Jeff--Tacoma WA

    You guys didn't really think the Southern Baptist were going to vote for a Mormon did you?

    November 29, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. OGR99

    Good thing none of us have made mistakes in our lives.

    Can't we just stick to the issues of how to fix this country?

    November 29, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. fayse

    There were 85 ethic violations against Gingrich, 84 of those were dropped when he agreed to resign. He was fined $300,000 for the remaining violatio, In addition he has no morals. The lobbying for Freddie Mac and the ethics violations should be enough for voters to dismiss him.

    November 29, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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