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article imagePolls: Newt Gingrich soaring among Republican field of contenders

By Andrew Moran     Nov 15, 2011 in Politics
Washington - Newt Gingrich the next Republican presidential nominee? Two latest polls find the former Speaker of the House soaring among his GOP rivals. One poll finds him ahead of the pack, while another shows a dead heat with Mitt Romney.
The media-dubbed “top-tier” candidates among the field of Republican contenders for the White House have experienced quite a roller coaster over the past several weeks, and the polls are reflecting this.
With only a couple of months until the United States holds its first GOP primary, the Republican Party has witnessed businessman Herman Cain receive four sexual harassment allegations, Texas Governor Rick Perry having meltdowns at both a debate and during a speech, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann become stagnant and other contenders not doing enough to sway voters.
In an unlikely turn of events, former Republican Speaker of the House and author of numerous books, Newt Gingrich has topped the field of GOP contenders, according to two new polls.
CNN Poll
A CNN/ORC International Poll suggests that 24 percent of Republican and Independents are leaning towards former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, while 22 percent support Newt Gingrich. This is a virtual tie because the survey’s sampling error contains +/- three percentage points.
This is a 14-point jump for Gingrich since the last CNN poll in October.
Former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at a med...
Former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at a media event.
Meanwhile, Herman Cain has seen his support dwindle down from 25 percent in October to 14 percent. Former frontrunner Perry has seen a substantial drop in the polls from 32 percent support in September to 12 percent.
Texas Republican Congressman and three-time presidential candidate, Ron Paul sits in fifth place with eight percent. Rounding out the list of GOP candidates are Rep. Bachmann (six percent), former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman (three percent) and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (three percent).
Former New Mexico Governor and libertarian-leaning GOP candidate, Gary Johnson was not listed in the poll.
The telephone survey was conducted with 1,036 adults between Nov. 11 and Nov. 13.
PPP Poll
Public Policy Polling (PPP), a self-described Democratic polling firm, published their findings Monday, which show similar figures to CNN.
Herman Cain
Herman Cain
Gage Skidmore
The survey suggests that Gingrich has 28 percent support, while Cain has slipped to second place with 25 percent and Romney is third holding 18 percent. Gingrich is up by 13 points compared to a month ago, while Cain and Romney have both dropped by five and four points respectively.
“Newt Gingrich has been rising steadily over the last 2 months and now leads the Republican field nationally,” said Dean Debnam, PPP President. “The top has proven to be a dangerous place in this GOP race though and we’ll see if he can sustain it for very long.”
Perry’s numbers have eroded in this poll as well. The former Commissioner of Agriculture of Texas has only six percent support, which is down from 14 percent in October.
Bachmann and Paul are holding steady at five percent. Huntsman has made a small gain from one percent to three percent. Santorum and Johnson polled last with only one percent support.
The telephone poll was conducted with 576 Republican primary voters between Nov. 10 and Nov. 13. It contains a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percentage points.
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