Gingrich lead jumps to 16%

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Gingrich lead jumps to 16%

GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich is garnering more support than ever in this presidential campaign season, with the first national public opinion poll after the Saturday night ABC News Republican candidates’ debate showing Gingrich with a 16% lead over his closest challenger, Mitt Romney.

The scientific Poll Position survey of registered voters who say they’ll vote in their state’s 2012 Republican primary or caucus produced these results: Gingrich 39%, Romney 23%, Ron Paul 11%, Michele Bachmann 6%, Rick Perry 5%, Rick Santorum 4%, Jon Huntsman 2%, someone else 2%, and undecided or no opinion at 9%.

A week ago, Poll Position’s GOP horse race poll found Gingrich at 37%, Romney at 23%, Paul at 7%, and Bachmann at 6%.

In the new survey conducted last night, the poll questioned 582 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 12-11-11.

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