Poll: Gingrich soaring in Sunshine State
December 1st, 2011
01:19 PM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Gingrich soaring in Sunshine State

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich's poll numbers in Florida are skyrocketing, according to a new survey of Sunshine state Republicans.

An American Research Group poll released Thursday indicates that 50% of likely Republican primary voters in Florida say that the former House speaker is their choice for their party's presidential nominee, with 19% supporting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Businessman and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain is at 10%, with all other candidates in single digits and one in ten surveyed undecided.

Gingrich is up 39 points in just over a month. Gingrich was at 11% support in ARG's last Florida poll, conducted in October, with Romney down 9 points and Cain down 24 points.

Gingrich's poll numbers both nationally and in the crucial early voting primary and caucus states, have been soaring the past month. At the same time Cain's have been sliding, as he has confronted allegations of sexual harassment dating back to his years as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990's. The ARG poll in Florida was conducted Nov. 27-30, partially before and after Monday's allegations from an Atlanta businesswoman that she had a 13 year affair with Cain.

A Quinnipiac University survey of likely Florida Republican primary voters conducted Oct. 31-Nov. 7 had Cain at 27%, Romney at 21% and Gingrich at 17%.

The ARG poll indicates that 54% of self-described tea party movement supporters back Gingrich, with 16% preferring Cain and 8% supporting Romney. Among non-tea party supporters, 44% back Gingrich, with 31% supporting Romney.

Florida has become a major player in the race for the GOP nomination, thanks to the moving up of its primary date to January 31. Florida votes third in the primary and caucus calendar, following Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

The American Research Group poll was conducted by telephone, with 600 likely Florida GOP primary voters questioned. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. ConservaFASCISTS/TeaHadists/Tea Queda/TeaLiban

    Polls really don't matter when you look at who we're talking about. He's just the flavor of the month until all of the dirt comes out of his closet.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    December 1, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. Goptfascists Nationalists Party - radical "regressive" bigoted intolerant fanaticism screwing the USA

    Hanging out on the lower level with extinct and flightless birds any self-righteous boobie with an over-sized dome could soar.

    December 1, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Peace

    As a woman, I will never cast my vote to Gingrich even if am voting while closing my eyes.

    December 1, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am not surprised, as Floridian republicans do like their adulterers and ethics violators. Our current unconvicted governor should be doing time, but he was elected when democrats stayed home.

    December 1, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. stevie

    Even though most if not all of the presidents from the south in the last 50 years have been lousy, I think Newt will win Florida. And Obummer will LOSE it along with electoral votes. Bye Bye Obummer!!

    December 1, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Bill

    This is great to see – the Brylcreemed Romney is falling further and further behind everywhere.

    December 1, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. The Left Wing

    What are you Tea Party / social conservatives thinking? I thought you wanted to run a true conservative who shared your values, was someone you could trust and could win. Newt Gingrich is a man who:
    1. marries his mistresses when his wives are in ill health, and at the same time is saying infidelity is an impeachable offense,
    2. has flip-flopped on the Ryan budget,
    3. supports a path to legality for illegal immigrants,
    4. has a string of ethics violations,
    5. works for Freddie Mac at lobbyist rates giving history lessons, and
    6. has worked with Nancy Pelosi on combatting climate change.
    Is this really the man that shares your values? What are you thinking?

    December 1, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. GOP TeaParty Clown Car...Myth the Flip Flopper vs. Newt the "Family Values" serial Wife Abuser

    I'm so glad to see that Newt is going to win the GOP nomination because I can't wait to look at that smirk on Myth the "self obsessed, self proclaimed nominee" Romney's face...it can't get any better than this! LOL

    But let it be known that Newt Gingrinch will NEVER be POTUS!!!!

    Obama 2012!!!!

    December 1, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Good, Newt Gingrich is leading the polls and is well on his way to winning the Republican nomination. We have enough dirt on Gingrich to completely submarine his campaign. Let's not blow it this time like we did with Herman Cain. We have to make sure none of this leaks to the press and especially the Republicans. They'll take down Gingrich just as fast as they did Cain so that they don't wind up with a flawed candidate who cannot possibly win the general election.

    December 1, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. CoJo

    please correct me if I'm wrong here:
    certain regulations were created because of the type of under the table accounting Enron and Tyco did. Gingrich wants to do away with that regulation... so that implies he's for under the table accounting? Thinks how many people lost their jobs and retirements due to such accounting practices. Gingrich was to do away with all regulations, even the ones that are suppose to keep financial companies from doing anohter melt down. Wonder how many hedge funds are feed his pocket. Has he not learned anyhting from the past? I thought he was a student of history... Sounds like he was absent during the Bush's years?

    December 1, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    Great news! Obama would CRUSH the serial philanderer in the general election. Newter is popular because the panhandle rednecks (just below Georgia) like him. Keep it up Newter. We're pullin' for ya!!

    December 1, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Eye of Newt

    Who has a bigger head:

    Newt, or the late Senator Ted Kennedy?

    December 1, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Gingrich may be soaring in the Sunshine state, but when the entire country has the sun shine on his disreputable background he will fade into the shadows !!... This man has neither honor nor integrity. He is arrogant to a fault to even think that he could be president when he is guilty of questionable ethics, taking money for hidden activities, a personal life that will not stand much scrutiny and he's just an all around disgusting screw-up!!!

    December 1, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Jules

    Just goes to show you never underestimate how foolish people can really be. The numbers of the day – ethics viloations – 84, marriages – 3, each with a person he cheated on while married to one of his wives (no wonder plastic Calista follows him everywhere – she knows first hand what he does to his wives), nummerous affairs, now we know what he gets for a speech – $60,00 – more than the median income for Americans for a year and he makes it in a half an hour. That's because he's a celebrity and how do we know that? He told us so. Revolving half a million credit at Tiffany's – do you suppose that when God was telling Rick Perry and Herman Cain to run for president, the message Newt received was to go shopping at Tiffany's. Oh, and 1.6 mil for being a "historian" for Freddie Mac. (Any of you people out there really believe that – he sold access and didn't register to sell it. Investigation called for. The circus continuous. When's the next debate? It's my favorite sitcom right now.

    December 1, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. eyesopen

    I could not vote for any political party who goals are to remove a president for office. President Obama is not perfect neither was President Bush. The question we as americans need to ask ourselves? Would you vote for a party who intentions are to destroy an entire country so they can make a one term president or the canidate who loves their country.

    December 1, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. A Texas Democrat

    I hope he is the "chosen one" and Cain is his running mate- PERFECT --- They have so much in common, you know !!!!

    December 1, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Jariv

    I am worried. If Ging wins nomination I am voting Obama. I just can't trust this guy. Come on people, look at the big picture. He is not the man that will win the general election and deserves no respect after what he has done. Looks like he is deceiving people again, as always.

    December 1, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    CoJo observed:

    please correct me if I'm wrong here: [ the truth and nothing but the whole truth ]
    Yup, that we would be about right. The only thing you forgot is that everyone with an "R" behind their name want the same things. They want to return to the status quo that existed during the GWB administration. Even if they are not able to remove regulations, nothing will stop them from just simply ignoring them, which was the status quo during the GWB administration.

    December 1, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. WhereIsPalin

    Get a grip, Florida!

    December 1, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Dave

    Grrrrreat, Grinderswitch is soaring!!! You get what you vote for, another globalist stooge.

    December 1, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. O

    Gingrich is a fraud. Typical politician. Lies to enrich himself.

    December 1, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Joe Shmoe

    Notice how the media is trying to downplay the new scathing anti-Newt ad from the Ron Paul campaign?

    You have to search for it on Youtube, yet Bachman and Trump are worthy of first page status??

    December 1, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. America

    Come on people......don't let the media be the one who makes you decide who you are voting for! To the media Mitt isn't some exciting story, therefore they try to make the "anti-Mitt" contender huge news because there is a new one every few weeks! Makes for good ratings. Mitt is the real deal and he would do an amazing job running this country. Who has been the consistent one this whole time in the polls? Who has been the one to get the most credible endorsements so far? Who has been the one who is out talking to the people, not just going on every news show because they are the” flavor of the month”?? MITT is the one! I understand he may not be all that super exciting but if you actually listen to him compared to the other candidates he is the clear LEADER, which is something this country so desperately needs. I like Newt....I would say he is my second choice but I am just so sick and tired of the media not getting behind Romney at all because he doesn't have soaring numbers or some scandal. Isn't being the ONE and ONLY consistent frontrunner in the race important? The media treats it as if it is a bad thing. I agree....he needs to get those numbers up if he wants to get the nomination. People.....do your research, study the candidates, it's your American duty to do so. Newt has been in Washington way too long and has too many people he will have to please if he is the nominee. Obama’s team would have a field day with his baggage in a general election. Some of his baggage is not that big of a deal to me but some of it is concerning. Romney is refreshing, smart as hell, a true leader and would be able to work with both sides to LEAD this country out of this rut! I lived in Salt Lake during the 2002 Olympics and to see what he was able to do with the games when he took over was AMAZING! Take it from someone who has actually been affected by his decisions and has seen firsthand his leadership! Mitt is by far the best candidate.....the media can kiss my behind! I hope America is smart enough to see this! GO MITT!!!

    December 1, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. GEEP10

    The Newtstrer is a prime example of "putting lipstick on a pig"!! Way to go GLOP

    December 1, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |