Skip to comments.Did Newt Gingrich Peak Too Early? CNN Poll Shows Him Fading
Posted on 12/19/2011 2:00:04 PM PST by lbryce
The bad news keeps piling up for New Gingrich.
House speaker now tied for the lead with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, each with 28 percent in a survey of likely Republican primary voters. Ron Paul is in third with 14 percent, a 5 point rise since CNN's last poll a month ago.
Mr. Gingrich's lead in the polls which was in the double digits for most of this month has been steadily eroding, according to Real Clear Politics poll tracking, but the CNN survey is the first major national poll in over a month to show Gingrich not in the lead at all.
The poll comes on the heels of a Public Policy Polling survey showing Gingrich now significantly down in Iowa, well behind both Ron Paul (the leader) and Mr. Romney.
Combined, it adds fuel to the signs that Gingrich has peaked and is following in the footsteps of fellow GOP candidates Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Herman Cain, all of whom surged rapidly in the polls, only to fall rapidly as voters grew disenchanted.
Also notable is just how undecided primary voters still are, with the Iowa caucuses 15 days away.
Just 35 percent of those polled indicated they had made up their minds; the rest were undecided or said they might still switch candidates.
Romney beat Gingrich solidly on likeability (30 percent said he was the most likeable candidate, compared with 15 percent each for Gingrich and Ms. Bachmann). And 32 percent of those surveyed said Romney was the candidate who best represents the personal characteristics and qualities a president should have, compared with 21 percent for Gingrich.
Gingrich, however, seems to come across as more of a leader: 42 percent called him the strongest leader, compared with 26 percent for Romney.
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The anti-Newters seem to be out in force today, running interference on every Gingrich-related thread.
Newbie, I think you’re the joke here on this thread. Seriously, some dark horse is just going to jump in at this point? Do you have any clue as to how primaries work?
Pretty darn obvious.
Palin said today that someone could still jump in.
And yes, I am quite familiar with the primary system.
But hey thanks for being a jerk.
They’re out alright. If Newt just continues to speak directly to the people and in common sense themes, he’ll be fine and will beat Mr. 28% (Mittens)
If I’m catching newbie flak, I must be over the target, concern troll.
Are you voting for Romney?
What is the name of the loser you plan to vote for?
When the second-tier candidates drop out of the race, their support will go to Newt.
A. He's not a joke. He's the most serious candidate.
B. Your dream of a dark horse entry is a joke.
C. See B, or watch FBN tonight and pray for Palin.
I don’t even know what you’re referencing in terms of flak, but just because I’ve only posted here for a few months, I’ve used FR as my primary source of news and info for many years.
I’m pretty sure we’re on the same side.
It has become obvious to me that Newt is the one who can beat Obama. As said above things are going to go back and forth in the polls.
I would like to see that dark horse as being West. He sure held his ground with Covuto today’ I also give him moxie credit for mentioning early on that Cain should drop out instead of being piled on. He is no neophyte to world happenings and it would be good to see him make some of the brass now sucking up to Obama repeat their service oaths. As for Newt he is now being piled on with the old mantra that if a bandwagon is created the sheep will jump on board. I used to take Paul as a reasonable person, but lately have been suspicious that somewhere on his Texas political ranch there lurks a Muslim with dinero to pay minimum participant wages.
In the era of the 24/7 news cycle, news must be manufactured to fulfill the demand for it. These polls are mostly manufactured news, crafted to reflect someone’s opinion. So far every candidate that has surged in the polls has been knocked back down. Nothing new here. I think your time would be better spent disliking Obama rather than disliking Newt as much as you seem to.
I don’t like Romney. I do like Santorum or Bachmann. If Palin jumped in I would support her.
Newt is not a conservative. He is a Pelosi Republican. Newt along with Huntsman is the worst choice. Newt is 100% NWO and CFR. He is NOT a Constitutionalist.
While in the House - Newt voted for:
1. Dept of Education - something communists supported.
3. Increased UN funding
4. Grabbing more land for Federal ownership filled with natural resources - something Marx also supported.
5. Voted for more foreign aid.
6. Voted for most favored nation trading status for China.
7. federally funded loan guarantees for trade with China.
8. Voted for funding the NEA - including p**s Christ artwork
9. $1.2 billion in extra aid to the UN.
10. $166 million in extra funding for the IRS.
11. Later supported global warming laws with Pelosi.
12. Supported Nelson Rockefeller.
13. Big supporter of Alvin Tofler who wrote about scrapping The Constitution.
14. Newt is a member of the CFR.
15. Got NAFTA and GATT passed.
16. Anyone remember the love fest he had in NH with Clinton?
Gingrich is another McCain or Graham-nesty and probably even worse than those two.
Romney won’t be the next president. It’ll be Newt or Obama, and we all know it.
Barack Hussein Obama is no William Jefferson Clinton. So, we don't need to cower in fear and choose some handsome devil with good hair.
I cannot predict the future. And I don't know how anyone can. I do not know what the "right" candidate is. I do know who I'll vote for. It's not a RINO. It's not a luny-tarian with a deathwish foreign policy. It's not a woman. It's not an inarticulate computer scientist with an inability to survive in a political free-for-all.
So, who does that leave? I see no landslides. I see a close fight no matter who is chosen.
Yeh lets just take CNN’s word for it. Newt may not win Iowa. As long as he comes in in the top 3 and places in NH he is going to win SC, Fl and most other important states.
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