Post-Cain, Gingrich edge 14%
In the first national public opinion poll on the GOP presidential candidate contest since Herman Cain suspended his campaign Saturday, our survey finds frontrunner Newt Gingrich with a 14% lead over his closest challenger, Mitt Romney.
The poll of likely 2012 Republican primary and caucus voters found Gingrich over Romney by a 37%-23% margin, with Ron Paul at 7%, Michele Bachmann 6%, Rick Perry 3%, Jon Huntsman 2%, Rick Santorum 2%, someone else at 4%, and no opinion at 15%.
A week ago, a Poll Position GOP horse race survey found Gingrich at 32%, Romney 23%, and Cain at 14%.
In the new survey conducted last night, the poll questioned 502 registered voters nationwide who said they’d vote in their state’s Republican primary or caucus. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4%. The full crosstabs for the poll: Poll Position crosstabs – GOP horse race 12-4-11.
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