Santorum's lead disappears in national poll
February 25th, 2012
03:40 PM ET
10 years ago

Santorum's lead disappears in national poll

(CNN) – Rick Santorum, who last week enjoyed a 10-point nationwide lead over Mitt Romney, is now within one point of his chief GOP rival after dropping several points in Gallup's daily tracking poll.

The survey taken February 22-24 showed Santorum with the backing of 31% of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, down two points from Friday and down five points from his peak on Wednesday.

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Support for Romney rose to 30%, a much-needed boost for the candidate who stood at 25% on Wednesday.

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

In the latest survey, Gallup questioned 1,153 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents by telephone between February 20 and February 24. The survey has a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

The results Saturday include two days of polling after CNN's Republican presidential debate in Arizona, the final time the four candidates squared off before key contests in Michigan and Arizona next week, as well as the votes in 10 states on Super Tuesday, March 6.

The two other candidates in the race, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, were both well behind the two front-runners. Gingrich stood at 16% and Paul was at 11%. Neither Gingrich nor Paul has seen a change in his numbers since Thursday.

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Filed under: 2012 • Polls • Rick Santorum
soundoff (272 Responses)
  1. Nick

    Santorum is more Clueless Than Romney, more Creepy Than Gingrich, more Crazy Than Paul.

    February 25, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  2. mil8778

    Honestly never bought into the whole "satan the devil" thing.. that is until Santo Baby showed up. He convinced me. Just waiting for his horns to sprout.

    February 25, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  3. YaWimp

    Romney did not go up 10 points, Santorum came down 10 points. Even the conservatives realize it is time to get out of the 14th century. But they cannot get used to a guy who earns $21M per year and stays out of touch with humanity. I guess they are screwed.

    February 25, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  4. David

    Keep fighting boys, keep fighting!!!!

    February 25, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  5. Ron in Ca.

    Most americans are moderates. The folks on the far left and far right forget that. That is why the independents swing elections. Santorum has let the media hijack his messenger on the economy and foreign policy. The media wont let up either. Keeping him off balance will help Obama.

    February 25, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  6. Shannon

    The more he talks, the more Americans realize how nuts he is! We don't need the Taliban in America, and RIck is no different than they are.

    February 25, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  7. bkgrandma

    We have one Massachusett liberal, who conservatives won't vote for, and 4 nut cases running for the GOP nomination.
    Looks like a sure win for Obama.

    February 25, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  8. HamRadioNut

    Santorum is an ultra right wing fringe lunatic. Romney is imminently more sane, and more qualified to be POTUS.

    February 25, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  9. Kevin

    Look at what happened the last time when we voted for another senator running for president, etc. Big mistake.

    February 25, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Here's hoping the GOP race continues aaaaaaalllllll the way to the convention. The more time they spend attacking each other, the more the American people will see them for the jagoffs they are.

    February 25, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  11. Santa - Rum

    If Senator R.S decided to run for a commisioner office or state senator, he will be badly beaten by his opponent. His followers need to wake up now and ship to Moon for their wake – up party. If he is the nominee, President Obama will be playing more golf or basketball because Senator Rick will be worst than Gov. Palin.

    February 25, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  12. RS

    If you real thing Obama cares about you – you are clueless. He is also a big crook, no different then any other politician. What real job has this clown ever done – another empty morally bankrupt corrupt suit.

    February 25, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  13. CarolO

    Santorum is just now being vetted and people aren't liking what they are hearing. Each candidate was greeted by the Republicans like he was the second coming of Christ until they got to know each one. Bachmann, Cain, Perry, Gingrich, Pawlenty. They don't like Romney, either, but he's simply the lesser of all the other evils. Must be hard to be a Republican when there is no longer a Republican Party. Tea Party fanatics is all that's left.

    February 25, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  14. GSW Minnesota

    Once again, other educated countries around the world must be looking at the "greatest" nation on earth and just continue laughing. These candidates are a joke and an embarrassment. Obama is as good as re-elected...unless Satan intervenes! 🙂

    February 25, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  15. an84u

    This jerk makes President Obama a more winsome leader all the time! I think the GoPEE Teabaggots are out to destroy the USA. BEWARE !!

    February 25, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  16. P

    As a left-leaning social liberal but fiscal conservative I'd like to have a viable Republican option for times where i'm not happy with the democrat option (i like obama but not in love with him), but seriously, i cannot imagine voting for any of these guys. Romney is the closest, but even he is so out of touch with normal people that it's laughable. Ron Paul is viable but i'm just not sure that he's been vetted thoroughly and there's not something that i'd find out tomorrow that would apall me. Santorum and Gingrich are frightened children that live in perpetual fear and i wouldnt trust them to run my carwash. That being the case, i suppose i'll see obama re-elected, and i suppose i'm fine with that.

    February 25, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  17. 1225

    Santorum scares me.

    February 25, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  18. Jane

    Romney is coming for you Bama...its halftime and its time for you to sit

    February 25, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  19. Jilli

    Wow, what a surprise – the more folks hear from Santorum, the less they like him – just like romney! There aren't enough narrow-minded people in this country to elect Santorum.

    February 25, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  20. ReichwingisClueless

    Ya know Mr. Frothy Santorum with all of the talk about Religion and Contraceptives being anti-female and all I was just wondering are you running for President or Pope?????

    February 25, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  21. GetReal

    Pope Santorum is dropping in the polls? I thought the wingnuts wanted Biblical law. We were THIS close to getting our own version of Gilead (The Handmaid's Tale).

    February 25, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  22. Wes Scott

    These national polls are only canvassing Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, and yet these two clowns are only polling in the low 30's among their own bases! Just imagine how badly either one will get his butt kicked by Obama in the November election when Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents get their chance to voice an opinion.

    February 25, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  23. Consequence

    I know the Jacobin commune people just do not understand why the GOP would nominate someone like Mitt Romney...they do not understand how the trust of others, an eye for faith and family, a strong education, hard work and a good mind for the bottom line would lead someone to success. And their ignorance really bothers them.

    February 25, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  24. A Texan

    Poor Republicans !!!!! --– Three of the want-ta-be`s are completely out in right field, the other is so out of touch with most Americans it blows one`s mind-- $10,000 bets !?!?!?, come on !!! I could have understood betting Perry a buck or cup of coffee !!!-– But $10,000 ?? That sounds like what Mitt
    would bet on one hole of golf with his buddies...........

    February 25, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  25. Johnny B. Goode

    Put a burqa on Little Ricky – he's done.

    February 25, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
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