Polls: Gingrich Grows on GOP Voters


newt-gingrichTwo polls out Friday show former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s campaign gaining traction. And both polls show there’s plenty of room for the race to change dramatically: 17% of respondents are undecided.

A McClatchy-Marist poll of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents finds that Mitt Romney’s poll numbers remain steady – he generally garners the support of about a quarter of the Republican and Republican-leaning voters. That puts him in the lead, with Mr. Gingrich in second and former front-runner Herman Cain close behind.

By the numbers: Mr. Romney, 23%; Mr. Gingrich, 19%; Mr. Cain, 17%;Texas Rep. Ron Paul 10%; Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 8%, and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, 5%. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum got 1% apiece.

“Romney is still where he’s been. It’s fair to say this is a battle for the anybody-but-Romney candidate,” said Lee M. Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College. “Gingrich has now begun his 15 days of fame. Whether he is able to maintain that, as others have fallen, is the question. He may be the only one standing when this is all said and done.”

The poll shows that many voters aren’t strongly attached to their choice. Mr. Gingrich has the most-committed supporters at 43%. For both Messrs. Romney and Cain, the level drops to about 30%.

“They’re no more firmly committed to the overall field than they were in September,” Mr. Miringoff said. “We should have seen people feeling a greater sense of conviction. It’s not moving.”

The poll, conducted Thursday after the GOP presidential debate at Oakland University in Michigan, had a margin of error of 5.5 percentage points.

A CBS News poll shows Mr. Romney’s support slipping to 15%, putting him even with Mr. Gingrich and behind Mr. Cain, at 18%.The poll of likely Republican primary voters shows 61% dismissed the allegations against Mr. Cain, while 30% say they would be less likely to back him.

But Mr. Cain faces a gender gap: nearly four in 10 women said the allegations make them less likely to vote for him, and his support among women fell to 15% from 28% a month ago.

The poll was conducted Nov. 6-10, and the error margin for likely Republican primary voters is five percentage points.

{The Wall Street Journal/Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. I think he’s a brilliant man and should have a voice at the table. But if by some chance he gets the nomination he will be excoriated for his private life even more than now and it will not be good for the party.

    That he was the voice of the collective candidates giving Cain mussar was not a good thing either.


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