Skip to comments.Insider Advantage Poll: Romney 32, Gingrich 21, Paul 14 (South Carolina)
Posted on 01/16/2012 8:15:21 AM PST by Bigtigermike
The latest Insider Advantage / Newsmax poll of likely South Carolina voters, taken on Sunday, shows Mitt Romney opening up a commanding 11-point lead and that was before Jon Huntsman dropped out of the race and endorsed Romney. Hell, Huntsmans still a point ahead of Rick Perry in this poll.
Mitt Romney - 32
Newt Gingrich - 21
Ron Paul - 14
Rick Santorum 13
Jon Huntsman 6
Rick Perry 5
Strangely, according to the poll breakdown, Newt Gingrich scored exactly zero among the youngest cohort of voters, ages 18-29. Ron Paul and Rick Santorum were tied among that group, with 27 percent each.
This poll has a fairly small sample of 720 respondents, but theyre likely voters, generally the most reliable group. If the results are accurate, it looks as if that tightening race in South Carolina has loosened back up, and undecided voters are starting to break for Romney. If Huntsmans endorsement sends some of his supporters Romneys way, and he holds the enormous 22-point lead Rasmussen found for him in Florida last week, Romney could end up taking both states in a walk.
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The GOP will reap what they sow. In this case they planted an empty suit.
Santorum AND Newt AND Perry = Romney win
That's the math Romney is counting on. And it looks like we're going to give it to him.
Guess we’ll see the results of the most accurate poll pretty soon when the people of South Carolina vote. I do worry about democrats voting and skewing the results.
Santorum and Perry need to drop out so those antiMitt votes can be consolidated.
For what it’s worth, InsiderAdvantage seems to be well thought-of. It’s CEO is a former Gingrich advisor:
It’s probably whistling past the graveyard to think they are grossly inaccurate in these poll results.
Go Newt! I can't believe that many actual S.C. likely voters will vote for LRon.
Just as before, the strict libertarian is the triangulation putting the big government candidate in... ironic or intentional?
Yeah, wouldn’t it make more sense for those hoping to consolidate the anti-Romney vote to focus on Ron Paul rather than Santorum and Perry?
Of course we know he’ll never do it. And neither will Santorum, or probably Perry. Until the checkbook runs dry.
If Mitt were to win the nom, I’d love to see Newt/Palin or somebody go 3rd party. Newt would have nothing to lose. It’s not like he’s in congress and his seat would count in a narrow vote. Of course, I highly doubt this poll is accurate. With the debates, Newt will once again clean Mitt’s clock. By the way, Rick and Rick, do the right thing, drop out and endorse Newt! Go Newt!
It's a vast media/GOP establishment conspiracy to "force" us to vote for Romney.
(Haven't you seen those guns the "establishment" is holding to our heads?
(Well, polls do suck for real, but they get more accurate the closer it is to an election.)
30% for Romney means 70% against.
(Nevermind that there's no guarantee all of those 70% would vote for your favorite if their fav dropped out.)
Conservatives need to unite behind one candidate, so your candidate needs to drop out.
No YOURS does.
I hate you...you're eeeevil.
You're a RINO.
No, YOU'RE a liberal.
Shut up before you're zotted.
Go to DU where you belong.
And so it goes, on and on, forever taking our eyes off the real prize. Sigh.
“Newt Gingrich scored exactly zero among the youngest cohort of voters, ages 18-29.”
They want to hear about personal liberty and shrunken government. They -know- they will be paying for the present bloat. Newt has been big government. He needs to wrest that away from Paul to get the young ones.
It continues to be a 3-way split of the conservative vote and that is giving Romney the edge.
Santorum doesn’t have the organization to go much further, unless he inherits from some other candidate.
Gingrich has more baggage than Samsonite and we saw how the negative ads he whined about brought him down to #4 in both IA and NH. If he thinks Team Obama will play nice, he is delusional. They will make the Paul/Romney ads against him look like Saturday morning cartoons.
Perry just can’t get any traction, it seems. That is a shame, because he has the most governmental executive experience of any of the candidates.
Regardless, as long as the 3 continue, they will continue to split the vote and give Romney the edge. Which are hangers-on because of ego and which are hucka-hangers-on reminiscent of 2008?
In a CBS News Break the night of the NH primary, they reported that 65% of the voters expressed a desire to have someone else [other than the current slate] on the ballot. The voters are NOT happy with the current field. Again, reminiscent of 2008.
Great cartoon, in a head smashing, dismal way.
I was able to bring myself to vote for Dole and McCain, in no small part because of their military service.
I will not be voting for Romney.
The primaries election process with the early states has become a joke. Here’s my idea...divide the states into 4 regions and hold 4 separate voting dates overall and spread out. The order of each region to vote is selected at random each election cycle.
Kagan and Sotomayor will appreciate the two new picks on the SC your contribution will make.
Ouch! Now theres a guy that can appeal to all factions..