Voters back Gingrich, but say there's a 'chance' for Romney
December 13th, 2011
03:05 PM ET
11 years ago

Voters back Gingrich, but say there's a 'chance' for Romney

(CNN) - Another day, another poll showing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich ahead of his closest rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

The survey, released Tuesday from the Pew Research Center, shows Gingrich leading Romney 35%-21% among Republican or likely Republican voters nationwide. The poll was taken Dec. 7-11.

The poll does contain glimmers of hope for Romney, however. Forty percent of voters surveyed said there was a "chance" they would support him at the polls, while 35% said there was a chance they'd go for Gingrich.

Higher numbers of voters said there was "no chance" they'd vote for other candidates in the race, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Romney also saw higher rates of support among women, though he still trailed Gingrich percentage-wise. Twenty-nine percent of Republican or Republican-leaning women backed Gingrich, and 22% supported Romney. That's compared to 40% of Republican men who chose Gingrich and 19% who named Romney.

Voters displayed lukewarm support for both candidates, with majorities saying they supported Gingrich or Romney "only moderately," compared to supporting the candidates "strongly."

Among voters who said they agree with the tea party movement, 35% back Gingrich and 20% back Romney. The next closest candidate was Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who had backing from 10% of respondents.

In electability ratings, Gingrich also fared well. Thirty-five percent of Republican voters said the former House speaker had the best chance of defeating Pres. Barack Obama in a general election, while 29% said Romney's odds were best. No other candidate rose above 2% in this metric.

The Pew Research Center poll was taken by phone from 504 Republican or likely Republican voters across the United States. The sampling error was plus or minus 5.5 percentage points.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Polls
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Iowa

    Romney has a better chance then newt....... Obama is scared of Romney that is why he wants newt to win, well Mr President America is not stupid...... Mitt Romney will defeat Obama in 2012

    December 13, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. CanadaOne

    Newt is to FAT – bad image for the USA

    The Dems want Newt – after the firt debate Obama will challanges him to a basketball game LOL

    all kidding aside

    Newt is too fact and will give the USA a bad image basically you will look fat and lazy and more likley to be attacked

    IMAGE is everything when it come to countries that hate the US

    December 13, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. chuck

    There's another poll result just released today by Public Policy Polling that changes the story completely. Here's the headline about it from another news outlet: "Did Ron Paul Just Erase Gingrich's Lead in Iowa?"

    December 13, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. CanadaOne

    I checked 47 countries and Newt would be the FATEST president or prime minister in the WORLD

    check it out – he can barely walk up five stairs


    December 13, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Namejkane

    The Gop is history , any intelligent person can see there just obstructing progress on any bill that will help the American people by attaching a poison pill of there exstremest demands that could never get through congress any other way at the exspense of the American people. Some people on this blog , teapublicans. Are to stupid to see the light, but we do!!! Obama in a landslide and the house and senate to2012!!!

    December 13, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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