Romney reclaims top spot in national poll
February 26th, 2012
04:55 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney reclaims top spot in national poll

(CNN) - For the first time in 11 days, Mitt Romney is back on top in a national daily tracking poll and now holds a narrow advantage over rival Rick Santorum.

According to a Gallup survey, Romney has the backing of 31% of Republicans nationwide, while Santorum comes in with 29%.

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The poll was conducted Tuesday through Saturday and included polling done after CNN held a Republican presidential debate in Arizona on Wednesday, where Santorum’s position at the top made him the biggest target on stage.

Santorum saw a boost in his poll numbers following his surprise trio of victories in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri on February 7.

Sunday's results mark a two-point drop for Santorum since the previous day, on par with a steady decline for the former Pennsylvania senator since Tuesday when he held the lead with 36% over Romney's 26%.

Meanwhile, Romney gained one percentage point since Saturday, but the new two-point margin between the two candidates falls well within the poll's sampling error.

The results come two days before Tuesday's primaries in Arizona and Michigan, states in which Romney and Santorum are statistically tied, according to recent surveys.

In the Gallup poll, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich takes in 15% of support, down one percentage point from Saturday, while Texas Rep. Ron Paul holds steady in fourth at 11%.

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 1,174 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents by telephone between February 21 and February 25. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Also see:

Arizona governor endorses Romney

Limbaugh front and center in pro-Santorum mailer

Gibbs: Santorum has 'legitimate chance' at nomination

Graham, McCain predict big primary night for Romney

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Polls • Rick Santorum
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Five sons who avoided military service.

    A True Corporate American of the Executive elite.

    February 26, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. Brooks

    Where can we vote for the candidates? I would love to submit a vote or two for Ron Paul

    February 26, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. nothing new here

    I don't care for Romney and his flip-flopping, but he is the only Republican candidate that stands a chance in the general election,
    However, I doubt Romney is going to do well with certain voting blocks, like Latinos.

    February 26, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Wobbly Walker

    It's going to happen again. Romney wins Arizona and possibly Michigan, then takes his foot off the gas in Washington as another candidate sprints to win that contest and grabs the lead away before Super Tuesday. I know all the other candidates have visited Washington, where is Romney?

    February 26, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. mikle

    Anybody,but Obama

    February 26, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. judy

    after listening to rick on all the sunday shows I see why ol mitt is back on top . Can you believe he is less nutty than rick? Well he is . Obama 2012

    February 26, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. mongopoo

    So 69% still don't like RoMoney.

    February 26, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    It doesn't matter which of the Four Stooges in this flaccid field of failed clown car candidates "wins." Voter enthusiasm in the GOBP is anemic. No one likes Rmoney and there are many who doubt Rove's Plan to Elect the Next Neocon Robot is viable. To win they'd need to steal the election through vote suppression and computer rigging AND turn out the racist voters AND steer the national media conversation towards the imaginary (strawman) President Obama they created rather than the actual President. Rove has managed to pull off these tricks in the past, but now he has to do it all at once.

    And then there's the most fundamental issue the GOBP doesn't want to confront: What if the GOBP rank and file simply don't want Rove ramming his neocon GWB 2,0 down their throats. Many mock those voters, yet even they know GWB was a disaster and Rmoney is more of the same, minus the compassion and public speaking skills.

    February 26, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. Dennis

    Poor ann has to take a page from anita perry s playbook. wives of dumb husbands never had it east. ann romney 2012

    February 26, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |