Gingrich 35%, Romney 32%
In the first national GOP presidential horse race poll after Newt Gingrich’s big South Carolina primary win Saturday, our Sunday polling found Gingrich surging into a statistical tie with Mitt Romney – a 17% gain for Gingrich since our polling a week ago.
Our survey Sunday found Gingrich garnering the support of 35% of registered voters who say they will vote in their state’s primary or caucus, with Mitt Romney at 32%, Rick Santorum at 12%, and Ron Paul with 10%. Given the poll’s margin of error of 4%, our poll has Gingrich and Romney in a statistical tie.
In the week since our Jan. 15 GOP horse race poll, Gingrich gained 17%, Romney gained 2%, Santorum lost 7%, and Paul lost 4%. Undecideds were down from 11% Jan. 15 to 7% Jan. 22. In that Jan. 15 poll, Jon Huntsman had 4% support, and Rick Perry had 2% support. Huntsman and Perry subsequently dropped out of the race.
In our Jan. 22 national scientific telephone survey, we questioned 571 registered voters who said they’d vote in their state’s Republican primary or caucus. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4%.
The crosstabs for our 1-22-12 poll: Poll Position crosstabs – GOP horse race 1-22-12.
The crosstabs for our previously released 1-15-12 poll: Poll-Position-crosstabs-GOP-horse-race-1-15-12.
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