Skip to comments.Gingrich lead jumps to 16% [Gingrich 39%, Romney 23%, Poll Position 12/11]
Posted on 12/12/2011 1:01:20 AM PST by Future Useless Eater
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 theyll vote in their states 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 Positions 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 theyd vote in their states 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.
In which case, Mr Perry may finally have done something worthwhile in a debate and helped ruin the campaign of Romney...and for that he deserves credit!
Romney is no good under pressure, he has a temper, he is arrogant and has the most odious sense of entitlement for the nomination.....if he had been exposed and targetted more often he would have declined long ago. Money doesn’t have to equal good poll ratings....just ask Rick Perry.
Obama is of the same mold....whoever the nomination is simply cannot afford to play nice like the other candidates have done with Romney.
It will be quite simple, attack or be attacked. McCain part two will mean a certain defeat.
You must conveniently ignore the multiplicity of news links and commentary here on Free Republic that exposes Gingrich’s political and personal history for the RINO he truly is.
There is plenty of evidence here to help us all make an informed decision about which candidate would be best served in advancing conservatism in America. So, there really should be no excuse to make a wrong decision on a political candidate that you, your family, or America will one day regret. But, I daresay that this serious responsibility to protect conservative principles oftentimes seems to be quickly forgotten as the easiness of echoing ‘feel-good’ comments of faux-bravado while trumpeting RINO candidates is instead chosen.
I don’t mind disagreement from fellow Freepers, even if it is caustically made, such as yours was to me. Our parlaying of political wit and insight is what makes Free Republic great. And with our contentious debating at all hours of the day and night, you will have the power to vote your conscience come election day. However, how you choose to vote will be a reflection of the words you write on here, an archived legacy of winning...or failing. A ping history of either truths...or lies.
But to be clear, I stand alone with my principled conservative convictions, because this is what the Tea Party is truly about. Those who rally around the Gadsden banner owe no allegiance to a political party, we do not blindly follow supposed Tea Party ‘leaders’, we are individuals who now have finally found our voices and demand to be judged by them. We are the millions and millions of conservative voters who trust that the other Tea Party voters will have our back when it comes to push and shove from RINOs and the Obamanation. I have Palin’s, Cain’s, and Bachmann’s back, and I know they have mine. This is the respect we give to each other.
This is the power of the Tea Party. As a local, state, and nation movement, every single individual who identifies with the Tea Party is united in political ferocity against those that would attempt to silence us.
There is a reason that the Gadsden banner is imprinted with the warning, ‘Don’t Tread On Me’. It is what conservatives are about. It is what I am about. It is what almost every Freeper is about.
This is my evidence, my words of liberty, faith, and love for America, that refuses to bend. Judge my words as evidence for the conservatism that makes me who I am, but know this, I am judging your words, your evidence, that you present, as well.
To consider Newt a Rino indicates total lack of understanding of what is what.
Newt is the definition of Republican. To suggest otherwise verges on stupidity, not misinformation nor bias, but plain ol’ unvarnished stupidity.
There is no conservative other than your self that will fulfill your need for Christlike purity
So what’s Poll Position? Never heard of it.
Just went to their site and it looks like someone’s blog.
Yes, Newt IS THE DEFINITION of a Republican-in-name-only.
To insist that conservative principles are somehow...unattainable...just shows that you either support RINO politicians or you are too fearful to fight for conservativism in America.
Which one is it?
Ahh, don’t answer. It’s readily apparent. The fact that you would even feel the need to get that hysterical in attacking me just proves that you know that I’m right.
OK, I missed getting my marching orders from the dreaded "establishment". WHO sent them out and to whom did they send them?
I'm in Iowa, and I haven't seen these "establishment" people around. If this whole election is rigged by "the establishment", why are all these candidates phoning my house leaving messages, sending mailers into my house, inviting me to events and flooding the airwaves with ads?
I don't get this bogeyman "establishment" talk and I would like those who continue to talk about "the establishment" to tell me exactly who you're talking about.
Rush is even doing it and at a meeting with a group of Republicans, I asked the question of the group and some in the group said Limbaugh is the "establishment". I'm confused.
I want someone with a proven record of accomplishment and in this field, that's Rick Perry.
Gingrich was feeding at the Freddie Mac trough because of his scholarship on the real estate market in the United States? Because he wrote extensively on the relationship between home ownership and economic growth? Paid for his ideas...lol
And the in September when Congress was debating the first bailout, without disclosing himself as a former pitchman, went on Fox News to decry how Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had so many politicians beholden to them that no one would step up to protect American taxpayers and to argue the bailout should be rejected unless it expressly forbade companies receiving federal money from hiring lobbyists.
It would obviously severely damage conservatism and most likely destroy the Republican Party when the standard bearer of your party profited off of one of the biggest scandals of our time, and of everything that is wrong not just with Newt, but with Washington. That’s what you get when you try to win at any cost and run your nomination process like a reality series.
Let the voter (and listener of his latest talking points) beware.
I mourn for America if either top two Republican candidates are nominated. We seriously have lost our way. Absolutely no morals or family values.
How old will Hillary be in 2016? I saw her on a clip on Fox the other day and she was looking very rough. She has her good days, but 5 years from now?
——Which one is it?——
It is neither.
To equate radical conservatism with being a Republican is erroneous. The vast majority of Republicans are not conservative firebrands. That is not to say they can not be called conservatives.
Your thinking is best described as RINO Creep.
That is why I am voting Jon Huntsman. Successful governor, ambassador, principled conservative, strong family man, scandal-free, excellent moral values...Absolute quality and the strongest challenger to Obama.
Why not Bachmann? She shares the same but didn’t work with Obama.
Fox News, Laura Ingrahm and Ann Coulter are deeply saddened.
Pray for America
GOP stupid for considering Newt? The current field is far from perfect....
RINO Romney? He bristles at criticism like Obama.
Michele Bachmann, who is ever attempting to put her foot in her mouth?
Santorum, who supported Arlen Specter and lost his last election try for a lower office?
Huntsman, who is a stealth Dem?
Perry — another tongue-tied Texan?
Ron Paul, who would be a foreign policy disaster?
This is the field. Like it or not, there will not be a knight in shining armor to ride in and save the GOP. The Dems tried that with their “messiah” in 2008, and look what it did to the rest of us.
When it’s “your money or your life,” most people choose their life. Some stand on principle, but you don’t see too many of them around.
You’re so smart, why didn’t I think of that? In fact, maybe you can tell us all who you’re for.
But, oh just one thought for you, with all due respect.
Ronald Reagan was, ah let me see, oops! Sorry 70 when he took office in February, 1981!!!!
And Winston Churchill was, hmmm let me see, at the beginning of WWI...oops! Sorry again, he was...ah...60!!!!!
I think someone else is sounding kind of stupid this morning, don’t you? :-)
Huntman’s vision, plans, position on various issues and overall ability astounds me. Whether he was connected to the Obama State Department is less important. Each to his own I guess. :)
Any one that follows politics like most of us at FR, know that polls, at this time in a cycle, are lousy at being a predictor, but they do give a current snapshot of 12/11/11.
They can be twisted, manipulated, forced, tweaked, and be totally phony but the media will continue to use them for their own purposes.
You know it grates on the msm when they have to report that Newt is leading, because he is so hated by them.
For those of us that lost our candidate of choice, the media hate drives many of us to support Newt, out of sheer revenge against those arrogant pricks.
Actually, he was 39. But thanks for playing. We have some wonderful consolation prizes for you.
And for the record, Newt Gingrich is no Ronald Reagan.
I second your respectful disagreement on Newt.
I’ve followed him for almost two decades and although I agree he is a smooth talker, his flip flopping, unholy alliances, and personal shortcomings are way more baggage than anyone should carry into a presidential campaign.
I will not vote for him in the primary (not that it matters all that much anyhow because my state is late) and I would have a very difficult time voting for him for president.
If it comes down to Newt vs. Great Leader I will vote for Newt more easily than I voted for McCain in 2008.
It’s hard to believe conservatives are ready to throw the health care issue away by nominating someone who has supported a federal mandate for the past 20 years.
It's also hard to believe that "conservatives" seem willing to retain the status quo regarding foreign policy, membership and subservience to the United Nations, phony money shenanigans with the Fed, huge government getting larger, more restrictive EPA, ATF, DHS, FAA, etc, etc regulations, trashing our traditional vlaues, continued state-sanctioned abortions, high-level corruption, and "business-as-usual" in Washington.
We sometimes marvel at the chutzpah of these so-called "conservatives".
Oh, shoot, I forgot to list deficit spending with no let-up in sight.
A $10,000 bet for Romney is like betting a nickel for the average person. The amount shows he’s not serious. If he was serious, he would have said $10 million, -—at least. —and offered favorable odds to (relatively) poor Perry.
What a ham!
Bachmann picked up almost none of Cain’s support.
The reason? Cain’s people liked him primarily because of his positive attitude, and for the fact that he had relatively few negative comments for the other candidates.
Bachmann has been the most aggressive in going after other candidates, going not only after their positions, but attacking their honesty. People are sick of that crap. I’m ideologically more aligned with her or Santorum than the others, but they have both turned me off by their snippy and nasty attitudes.
In my appraisal, Newt Gingrich has done most to advance the conservative agenda in the years since Ronald Reagan's Farewell Address and today.
Tell it to Jim Robinson.
Here is some good facts and ammunition that supports our position on Newt. Pay particular attention to post #5.
I hit them between the eyes with this one, every time they spew their ignorant lies about Newt.
In all reality, Newt is the best thing we have seen since Reagan. And he is absolutely capable of winning and fixing this mess in the same way Reagan fixed the mess Carter left behind. That is a fact my FRiend.
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, BORN, KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, DL, FRS, Hon. RA (30 November 1874 24 January 1965) was a British Conservative politician and statesman known for his leadership.
Sir Winston, born in 1884, and having been elected around 1940, Makes him 66 years old at the start of World War 2.
And for the record, you are correct, Newt Gingrich is no Ronald Reagan, He is currently known as Newt Gingrich. Any other reason in particular that you needed to clarify that?
In the nineties, Free Republic stood for constitutionally limited, smaller government, lower taxes, less spending, smaller deficits, strong defense, less corruption and especially for the impeachment of President Clinton and the eradication of the corrupt, socialist democrats from government. Newt Gingrich was and is for the same, though we do have a penchant for not trusting any career politician of either party.
Thanks for the forum for the past 14 years Jim!
Jim's a big boy. I think he can handle it. Jim is actually in agreement with me about Newt's plan to replace Obamacare with something else (i.e. Gingrichcare).
In my appraisal, Newt Gingrich has done most to advance the conservative agenda in the years since Ronald Reagan's Farewell Address and today.
I do not share that assessment, nor do I consider it to be a fair substitute for executive leadership ability. We owe Newt Gingrich nothing. We need a President who will cut back government to 20% of GDP. Unfortunately, Newt Gingrich is not that type of President. His proposal to replace Obamacare with some other federal insurance program is quite unsettling to me. And his stances on illegal immigration and global warming are anything but conservative.
If you think you 'owe' it to Newt, then vote for him. But I will be voting instead for someone who believes government is the problem, not the solution.
Who said anything about World War 2?
Where is Gingrichcare?
As far as I’ve seen, Newt wants to repeal ObamaCare and send Medicare back to the states and the people per the 10th amendment. He wants tort reform and he wants to make private insurance portable throughout the states. He encourages individuals to purchase their own healthcare coverage and would make insurance premiums tax deductible for individuals. He’s for privatized healthcare accounts.
I like that ‘RINO Creep’ concept.
To those that somehow think that adhering to the U.S. Constitution is radical conservatism, I say measure yourself on yardstick. One side touches the U.S. Constitution while the other side touches the progressive notion of a Living Constitution, which is just another fancy term from Democrats who adjust the U.S. Constitution to match whatever political agenda they are advancing at the moment.
I, myself, as a conservative, am on the side of the U.S. Constitution. RINOs are somewhere in the middle, and the Obamanation is on the far side of me.
So when you take the measure of a man, think of this yardstick. Should America creep down the yardstick to the Obamanation side or should it be firmly on the side of the U.S. Constitution?
Quoting Dwight D. Eisenhower, “I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem - and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?”
76 year old Ron Paul still wakes up every morning to campaign for President.
Hoping that she won’t run because you think that she is too old to be President doesn’t make sense.
LOL! Like a hot knife through room temperature butter, Boss.
Has it occurred to you that the RINO GOP establishment of Karl Rove’s wouldn’t mind Newt being President?
They know that once elected President, Newt will once again do their bidding, finally marching lock step in with their progressive agenda of limited-Big-Government.
We all know that green Republicans who go to Washington for the first time tend to fall victim to the good-ol’-boy system of backroom deals and political corruption. This turncoat traitor politicking finally became too much for millions of angry Americans who then took their Tea Party Revolution to the polls in November of 2010. By throwing out all the bums and voting in conservative politicians, the Tea Party sent a message that we will not tolerate RINO creep.
So, it should come as no surprise that Newt has no interest in being a conservative President once he gets back into office.
The fact that he was a highly paid ‘historian’/lobbyist after he got out of politics at the corrupt Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac just shows his true blue colors.
Sorry to burst your bubble. All I have to say is vote your conscience and not for an imaginary ideal that Newt has snookered you into believing.
We all saw what happened when people bought into the hype of candidate Obama...
The 300 pages of Obamacare that Newt wants to keep is what I am worried about.
I am not supporting Newt.
For starters, anybody that Karl Rove supports belongs to the establishment.
If Newt is our nominee, I’ll walk over hot coals to vote for him against Obama.
I am not supporting Newt, but lots of good people are. We all become allies after our nominee is chosen.
Not awesome. :(