Romney's lead shrinking in new national poll
January 20th, 2012
03:06 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney's lead shrinking in new national poll

(CNN) - A new national survey released Friday indicates Mitt Romney's lead over the remaining Republican presidential candidates is shrinking.

The former Massachusetts governor now has a 10-point lead over Newt Gingrich, a margin down 13 points from Monday.

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According to the latest results from Gallup's Daily tracking poll, conducted Sunday through Thursday, 30% of registered Republicans said they would back Romney, whereas 37% said the same earlier in the week.

Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich showed a mild surge during the week, jumping from 14% on Monday to 20% on Friday.

The poll was conducted almost entirely before the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate Thursday night.

The poll's fluctuation showed the margin between Romney and Gingrich narrowing from 23 points at the beginning of the week to 10 points on Friday, just one day before South Carolina's primary.

The latest survey was also conducted almost entirely before Gingrich's ex-wife took part in a controversial interview that aired on ABC News Thursday night

While the poll showed the race tightening between Romney and Gingrich, it indicated Rick Santorum staying relatively steady, losing only one percentage point from 14% to 13% over the course of the week.

Rick Perry, meanwhile, made mild gains from 5% to 8%, though the poll was conducted mostly before the Texas governor suspended his campaign Thursday. Texas Rep. Ron Paul saw his numbers rise slightly from 12% to 13%.

Gallup surveyed 1,235 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents by telephone Jan. 15-19, with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Also see:

Perry drops out, endorses Gingrich

Judge-drawn Texas redistricting map tossed out by Supreme Court

Gingrich releases 2010 federal tax records

Santorum tries to shoulder past Romney, Gingrich in debate

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Polls
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Maxx

    Romney doesn't stand a chance in the general election – the more they get to know him, the less they like him. He had a 34% approval rating at the end of his ONE term as governor, not exactly compelling.

    January 20, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Larry in Houston

    it really doesn't matter to me who gets the nomination – I'm Guessing that Obama will be defeated come Nov. this country absolutely hates him,hates his policies & everything else he stands for. Too bad, I voted for him in "08" but I'll tell you one thing for sure, when we get the next prez elected, and take the oath of office in Jan – you better be careful – if we get another republican – this country will be put into a VISE – believe me. Oh, yes, there will be a lot of people hiring, and a lot of people will have more jobs – but as far as the E.P.A. & OSHA forget about it – the republicans will end up trampling all over them, and the environmentalists – ( I think that' s funny) Believe me, they will be drilling in alaska / drilling on the coast of florida / the coast of calif – ( they have been drilling on the gulf coast for a long time) The pipeline will go thru – (keystone) with or without congress – believe me, the republicans will be doing a lot of things, to create Jobs ! & it doesn't matter who they run across, or who they hurt, in the eprocess.

    January 20, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. perler2

    Just a thought, a really bad thought: If Gingrich managed to get into the White House he would bring with him the woman who he had an affair with who also worked for the White House, which affair also took place while Newt was in the Senate chastising Clinton for HIS extramarital affair. Can't face that scinerio. Foregiveness goes just so far. He can be forgiven, Even if he has made that amazing transformation, we don't have to have him leading our great nation,and his new and transformed wife as first lady. Santorum or Romney. They and their spouses can lead by example we can all emulate..

    January 20, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. F-Gingrich

    Please don't compare these Rethuglican amateurs to the Prez...He could handle all four of the morons with one hand tied behind his back. The election won't be close.....the GOP candidates smell worse than rotting garbage!!

    January 20, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. steve

    romney is STILL trying to buy the nomination--Newt will win SC -–and be the nominee and will beat obama

    January 20, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    The truth is Romney is the most UNAMERICAN candidate running. First, his ties to Mexico are questionable; no military service in the entire family (yet he loves war); hides money in off shore accounts; and fires American workers just to pocket from their suffering. Greasy – yes. Patriotic – not so much. Who is the REAL Willard Romney?

    January 20, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. willie floyd

    Hearing Romney TRY to debate the pres. will be a barrell of laughs. He's had so many gaffes just in these last few weeks it is pitiful. And that silly laugh he always ends with is like fingernails on a chalk board.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 20, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    I seem to remember that Hillary planned to wrap it up early in '08. Deal with it folks, this show has a long way to go. The smart money is still on Romney, but anything is possible.

    January 20, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    Newt is playing for keeps and Romney better take the gloves off and deal with it. I just hope is is not too nice a guy to do it. He needs to start practicing for Obama and the lefties.
    Good call. One of Romney's weaknesses is that he's basically a chicken at heart. His standard MO is to do stuff behind closed doors, or behind your back. When he is challenged face to face without a script, he's lost. He has shown this fear factor every time folks start attacking his taxes.

    January 20, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Larry in Houston

    Romney needs to get a grip – don't worry about the newters ethics issue – wait til the newter gets the nomination – Good 'ole Nancy Pelosi will help in that department -that will slow the newter down.

    January 20, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. realitybites

    So all the talk of his setting records and being untouchable were trumped up......aww who cares? Really? I'm not on a big Obama kick but, we all know he'll be in office in 2013. Mitt, Gingrich, Dr.whoever, and FrothyMcJesus really don't have a chance any. Just going through the motions to appease the establishment.

    January 20, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. willie floyd

    @gi joe

    Just saw Dylan Rattigan in CA on this very topic. Many jobs were lost and sent to China just save money. Not even sure the quality of steel for the Golden Gate bridge will be totally safe!! A Dem. senator, don't remember his name-never heard of him, isworking on a bill of some type to correct this policy.

    January 20, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    After running for the office for 6 years, you would have thought Romney would have had a better sense of what the primary voters want to hear and what the general public needs to ehar if they are going to make an imformaed choice. His constant tin ear and foot-in-mouth disease tells me that he's not trainable in this regard, and if he can't show empathy with the struggles we are having and constantly stumbles in his repsonses when pressed, he will never be ready. He does not project confidence with people on the stump, but seems pretulent and irritated when challenged. He's just not that good.

    January 20, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. m

    This Cayman Island thing could do much more damage than the actual tax rate he pays. It is surprising gingRICH isn't pushing it more. Of course, if Romney hasn't broken any laws in how he manages his wealth don't blame him for the loop holes available to the rich, blame your friendly Congress for sticking it to the middle class as usual.

    January 20, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Joel Aigner

    Who Is Ron Paul?

    January 20, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. diridi

    America, do not buy his garbage. Good luck, god bless. He is filthy idiot. Shipped jobs overseas. Do not even believe his Taxes. He knows that he is going to run again when he lost last time. it is a play, and ploy. that's it.....Obama2012.

    January 20, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Sonnie 2

    If Mitt won't release his tax records for the past 5-10 years we know there is something there he does not want America to know about. As President he will have the right to know all about you. So I see this a a large problem for him. What is he hideing. At least it is not his birth certificate. Or his college records.

    January 20, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. Sonnie 2

    Mitt needs to release 5- 10 Years of tax returns to see just how he managed to amass such wealth.

    January 20, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. The LONE OKIE

    What about the Stock market and TARP the 4 months before Obama took office?

    January 20, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. Gurgi

    Credit where credit is due, Obama can sing better than I can (which doesn't take much), but he didn't really sound bad.

    January 20, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Hey CNN, where's the story on Flipper the Elitist Robot's shady dealings with Marriott?

    January 20, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. diridi

    do not buy this guys nonsense....just garbage he is selling. o.k, Obama2012.

    January 20, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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