Romney rebounds in national poll, moves ahead of Gingrich
February 1st, 2012
06:17 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney rebounds in national poll, moves ahead of Gingrich

(CNN) - A new national poll indicates Mitt Romney has retaken his lead over rival Newt Gingrich after having once lost it in the days following Gingrich's South Carolina primary victory.

According the latest results from Gallup's daily tracking poll released Wednesday, Romney is now back in front one day after his decisive win in Florida's primary.

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The survey, conducted Friday through Tuesday's primary day, shows the former Massachusetts governor has the backing of 31% of registered Republicans nationwide, while Gingrich has 26% support.

Those numbers were essentially reversed after Gingrich won South Carolina's contest on January 21, when the tracking poll showed Gingrich with an eight point lead over Romney just days after the first-in-the-South primary.

But as Romney's campaign and a super PAC supportive of his candidacy bombarded Florida with ads against Gingrich ahead of the state's primary, Romney's numbers steadily crept up.

Gingrich's numbers, meanwhile, dropped at the same rate and the former House speaker found himself edging Romney by only one point on the eve of Tuesday's Florida primary, a margin well within the poll's sampling error.

The poll also shows former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum holding steady in third place at 16%, while Texas Rep. Ron Paul took fourth with 11%.

Gallup's tracking poll surveys more than 1,000 Republican registered voters on a daily basis, and the poll drops the oldest of five days each day and adds results from the most recent day of polling.

For the latest poll, Gallup surveyed 1,159 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents by telephone Jan. 27-31, with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Polls
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. billy

    And then he told the truth and said he didn't care about the poor.

    The mask has been revealed and this is not the man I want as my President.

    Question: Why can't Romney focus both on the poor and the middle class?

    February 1, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. bc runner

    Is this guy out of touch or what? Not concernend about the poor.. DiD he really say that and expects to be president?? WOW!!

    February 1, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. Fire0bama

    Go Gov. Romney!

    February 1, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. LoLo

    The one question that the republican/tea partiers forgot to ask themselves is why do they think that the rest of America would vote for any one of their nominees when they don't want to vote for them themselves? From what I see there is slim pickings in your party.

    February 1, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  5. Data Driven

    Newt is losing his war against Saul Alinsky and his minions.

    February 1, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  6. george of the jungle

    the man can not keep his mouth shut. Poor judgement when he said he is not concerned about the poor. He has trouble expressing himself. Can he do anything without his advisors. any time he goes off script he gets in trouble.

    February 1, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  7. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Ironically this photo shows 2 of the people who de-frauded the U.S. Government out of the largest illegal sum of Medicare claims in history. Mitt Romney through one of his Bain Capital holdings, and FL Governor Rick Scott when he was running former Speaker Bill Frist's scam through the Frist family business, HCA.

    February 1, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  8. ron

    LOL. This turkey keeps stepping on himself and telling the TRUTH...he's not concerned about the poor!!! Listen up republicans/tea party folks; If you make $50K a year – news flash – you are part of the working poor and your candidate for the presidency doesn't care about you!!!! How's that impact your plan to vote for him? LOL

    February 1, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. T'sah From Virginia

    As rich as Romney is – he wears that same stripe shirt in every picture!!! But then again, he probably has a thousand of them!!

    February 1, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. Dan5404

    36% is nothing to brag about. There are 64% of them who don't yet agree.

    February 1, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. M.A.

    At least Mr. Romney is on target with one thing even if he doesn't realize it. The poor do in fact have a "safety net" protecting them from his policies! Says corporations are people and he's fighting for the soul of America....note to candidate: Soul isn't for sale.

    February 1, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  12. Just a thought

    ....well great! Let's all vote for R-Money, because he's a man that truly cares about the middle class first, and will ensure the safety net for the poor will remain viable....but wait, that's not the what the GOP/Tea Potty of greed, anger and disrespect would want. How are you going to get their vote R-Money? oh...that's right, they like you because you will make sure anyone making less that $357K per year will sit patiently at the masters feet, and wait for the crumbs to fall of the table for the rest of us. Now that's Trickle Down at its finest....all aboard the GOP/Tea Potty Clown brigade

    February 1, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  13. tim12

    i miss the debates they were fun.

    February 1, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. Ancient Texan

    Gosh, it only took $17 million worth of negative ads to turn the numbers in his favor. Hmmm, 17 x 50 winning primaries is expensive.

    February 1, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  15. Thomas


    The would bring a sense of honesty and fairness back to this country.

    February 2, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Gotta love how the so-called "liberal" media is hiding the facts about this flaccid field of clown car candidates. Voter participation in the GOBP primaries is DOWN this year compared to four years ago. Rmoney got fewer votes in Iowa this year than four years ago. Florida's primary vote was down 10-15% this year. CNN is trying to create a sense of excitement where none exists. The average voter is either yawning, laughing or recognizing what a shameless bunch of Koch-wh0res the GOBP is.

    February 2, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |