Romney takes big lead in new poll
March 23rd, 2012
03:02 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney takes big lead in new poll

(CNN) - A new poll released Friday indicates Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has expanded his lead over Rick Santorum to its widest margin in weeks.

Romney has the backing of 40% of registered Republicans nationwide, while Santorum comes in with 26%, according to Gallup's daily tracking poll.

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The 40% threshold also marks the highest point ever for Romney (or any other candidate) since the daily survey began measuring support in early November.

The poll shows a six-point increase for Romney since Tuesday, the same day he won the Illinois primary. Meanwhile, Santorum dropped four points in the same time period.

Results from Friday's poll, which was conducted Sunday through Thursday, includes responses that came partially after Romney's victory in the Land of Lincoln earlier in the week.

The poll shows little movement for the other two Republican presidential candidates in the last few days. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich remains relatively steady at 14%, while Texas Rep. Ron Paul has slight decline to 8%.

In a rare day for the primary season, all four GOP candidates are campaigning in the same state Friday as they compete for the 20 delegates at stake in Louisiana's primary on Saturday.

For the ongoing poll, Gallup surveys more than 1,000 registered Republican 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.

In the latest survey, Gallup questioned 1,157 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents by telephone March 18-22, with a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • Rick Santorum
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. diridi

    He is going to be Front-Runner, but will never be the winner with Pres. Obama. Period. Money can not buy votes. Bain-Capital. o.k, Watch him on youtube, type, when mitt romney came to town.

    March 23, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. GI Joe.

    He's disgusting. At least 3 or 4 times a day a has come out with blatant lies -– not answers to questions -– voluntary lies.

    March 23, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. ST

    This poll does not mean anything. So long as Romney does not get full support from the real conservatives, I do not see how he can win even if all independents can back him. It is always the base first, and others follow next.

    March 23, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. demwit

    But, but.., CNN keeps reporting about Romney's lack of support!? Whats going on here!!??

    March 23, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. mannycl

    He's the man to defeat Comrade Obama who is driving this country down the cliff with his fail policies. Obama's new proposal to solve the enregy crisis: the pipeline to nowhere. This man is a joke.

    March 23, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Why should the conservatives trust him? Everything about his career is about expoiting tactical opportunities, not about voting and/or acting on principle.

    March 23, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. BLKMANinAmerica

    "Romney has the backing of 40% of registered Republicans nationwide, while Santorum comes in with 26%, according to Gallup's daily tracking poll." Whatever, either way both are def NOT anyone the remaining 60% are interested in. repuks are laughable!

    March 23, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. DENNA

    That's this week. Wait until Rick starts rambling again. Besides Mitt is a closet liberal, hence Romneycare. The GOP field is so thin, if it were soup, it would be pure water.

    March 23, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Really?

    Another clear indicator that we have brain dead Americans living among us.

    March 23, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    Republicans are rallying behind Mitt Romney and not just because he can win. It's because he can win and do the job that needs to be done in Washington. Enough of the Obamanomics. They don't work. They didn't work for the USSR and they didn't work for the USA. Romney 2012!

    March 23, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    Less than half of GOBP voters want Rmoney. He's still opposed by more than half and voter turnout is down. Rove will try to spin this as a "tough campaign" in which Rmoney was "vetted by the party" and lay the manure on thick. Most of all, he'll do anything to distract us from the true facts: Rmoney is just another spoiled neocon brat riding daddy's coattails. In other words, Rmoney is GWB v.2 minus the compassion and public speaking skills. It's just plug and play with another "tax cuts for the rich, cuts for everyone else" robot.

    March 23, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The Real Tom Paine - Why should the conservatives trust him? Everything about his career is about expoiting tactical opportunities, not about voting and/or acting on principle.
    Seriously Tommie, do you think conservatives will vote for Obama? Or just stay home and let Obama run the country over the cliff for 4 more years?? Conservatives would vote for the local dog catcher if it meant getting Obama out of the Whitehouse and saving the country from sure financial ruin with him at the helm.

    March 23, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. Volunteer

    Go Mitt! Ultra conservative or moderate conservative, I'd rather vote for Mitt than re-elect President Obama. Obama promised the world, and every fringe group out there, to get elected. (If you don't think so, check out how many promises he hasn't kept...) He boosted the national debt in 3 years to higher than every previous president COMBINED. To some, you might think, "So what! Other presidents have put us in debt too." Yes, but the timing was terrible during the height of the recession. Just think what our kids and grandkids will have to pay to make up for all the "feel-good" policies he threw together when the democrats were in control of both halls of congress." My favorite was the bit about please spend this 1 trillion dollars more in debt, and the national unemployment will never go above 8%!" So much for that promise... I will vote for Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, or even Ron Pau,l before I consider voting for Obama come November.

    March 23, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. Randy, San Francisco

    Romney has run so far and fast to the right of the political spectrum how is he going to explain his flip flopping positions to moderate and independent voters? He will also have a lot explaining to women voters on his positions to take away women health care rights. The fact that he hasn't achieved victory against a pathetic field consisting of flawed candidates like Santorum, Gingrich, or Paul does not bode well for his chances against President Obama.

    March 23, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. Debby

    Good for him, he sticks to the issues, not childish pranks.

    March 23, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |