Skip to comments.Fox News Poll: Santorum Surges Nationally After Three-State Sweep [Ties Romney at 30%; Gingrich 16%]
Posted on 02/10/2012 9:57:42 AM PST by Steelfish
Fox News Poll: Santorum Surges Nationally After Three-State Sweep By Dana Blanton February 10, 2012
Rick Santorum has surged nationally in the race for the 2012 Republican nomination after his three-state sweep this week, while Mitt Romney has lost ground among GOP primary voters. In addition, most GOP voters say the nomination race isnt over -- someone other than Romney could still win. Thats according to a Fox News poll released Friday.
The new poll was conducted over four nights this week -- Monday through Thursday -- so it provides a unique opportunity to compare Santorums support before and after his wins in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri. And the results are striking.
Click here to view full Fox News poll results.
In interviews conducted on Monday and Tuesday nights -- immediately before the news of his victories -- Santorum received the backing of 17 percent of GOP primary voters. That was well behind Romney (35 percent) and Newt Gingrich (26 percent), and slightly ahead of Ron Paul (14 percent).
In interviews conducted on Wednesday and Thursday nights -- after his wins -- Santorums support nearly doubled, which put him tied at the top with Romney for those two days at 30 percent. Thats an increase of 13 percentage points. Over the last two nights, Romney also received 30 percent, a drop of 5 points. Gingrich came in at 16 percent, down 10 points. Pauls support held steady at 15 percent.
Looking at the results from all four nights of this weeks interviewing, Romney retains his frontrunner spot with 33 percent, followed by Santorum at 23 percent, Gingrich at 22 percent and Paul at 15 percent.
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Well this news will cause some heads to explode...
So we are staking our hopes on a guy that couldn’t win his own seat in his own state?
Just a little bit more, a win in Arizona or God willing, Michigan, and we can truly call him the GOP FRONTRUNNER. As it is, Santorum is the Conservative Frontrunner in my estimate.
I just contributed. COME ON FREEPERS. THIS IS A GOOD THING!!!
Yep. Just like we Republicans did 150 years ago with Abe Lincoln, who failed numerous times before winning. Yes.
Looks hopeless for Gingrich. Santorum will win nomination.
After SC, I told my wife that Santorum would never win.
I had to apologize.
If this poll was Monday-Thursday and most people weren’t aware of the Santorum Sweep until Tuesday night, expect an even greater surge in polls that are completely post-sweep.
Now that Santorum has the “mo”, it’s up to him to figure out how to sustain it.
It may also help Santorum that the Texas primary appears to be postponed until later in the spring or early summer over redistricting battles. It would likely had been a Gingrich win had it gone off the first week of April as planned but now that huge chunk of delegates is really up for grabs.
I would like to see a contest between Santorum and Gingrich.
That was then, this is now. He ran against a candidate who was pro-gun, pro-life, and during a time of anti-Bush sentiment and the son of a former Pa Governor with a cascade of out-of-state cash from NARAL and EMILY’s LIST
Whose electoral record do you think is better? Romney's, who lost a Senate bid and ducked a challenging reelection race? Gingrich & Paul's, who sat in a safe congressional districts and never won statewide?
Most of us realized a long time ago that this presidential field was far from perfect.
Gingrich needs to make a graceful exit. This is our last hope for a true conservative candidate that now appears to have the backing of both Rush and Mark Levin.
This Is Rick Santorum
Posted By Jazz Shaw On February 10, 2012 @ 12:00 am In Elections 2012,Health Care,Politics,Religion,US News | 78 Comments
Up until this week we had been faced with a few different possibilities in terms of potential challengers to President Obama in November, none of which seemed overly pleasing to clucking tongues in conservative sewing circles. It always had the appearance of a choice between Mitt Mr. Inevitable Romney and any one of a series of cracked, flawed, or otherwise questionable alternatives. Even the latest in this series, Newt Two Point Oh, brought with him worries as to whether his airport caravan sized train of baggage might allow Barack Obamas reelection team to make the race an archaeological dig into the former speakers lengthy history rather than a referendum on the wreckage left in the wake of Obamas first three years in office.
But following his impressive hat trick  on February 7th, we are now faced with a different possibility in the person of former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. (Or, as he was known through the course of the first 349 debates, that guy at the last lectern who never gets any questions.) And if the seas part at precisely the right moment and he somehow becomes the nominee, we may find ourselves with the opportunity to conduct a long-awaited and fascinating experiment in American political theory.
You mean just like the first Republican President?????
This is not the same world as it was in 2006. It’s barely the same planet.
Romney & Santorum - 30%
Gingrich - 16%
Paul - 15%
Santorum for President Ping List.
FReepmail Antoninus to be added or removed.
Much better to lose an election, than to get kicked out. I think Reagan said something like that once.
[ I would like to see a contest between Santorum and Gingrich. ]
Indeed, because if either won you wouldn’t end up with a crap sandwich.
Ronmney is a Crap Sandwich.
Kennedy never lost his senate seat. He would have been a great candidate?
LOL at all the cannibals around here who called Santorum every name in the book saying he should drop out for the Great Newt. Just lol
You do realize it is not even Mid-February really at this point. Just barely.
Lots of time before Super Tuesday.
Today's result from Feb 3rd - Feb 9th (2/3 before Iowa, 1/3 after):
Romney 34% (-2)
Santorum 22% (+2)
Gingrich 18% (-2)
Paul 10% (E)
[ Even the latest in this series, Newt Two Point Oh, brought with him worries as to whether his airport caravan sized train of baggage might allow Barack Obamas reelection team to make the race an archaeological dig into the former speakers lengthy history rather than a referendum on the wreckage left in the wake of Obamas first three years in office. ]
[But following his impressive hat trick  on February 7th, we are now faced with a different possibility in the person of former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. (Or, as he was known through the course of the first 349 debates, that guy at the last lectern who never gets any questions.) ]
I could imagine Mark Steyn reciting this.
Why is this a good thing? The only thing we really know for sure about him --- his unrelenting and often seen as sanctimonious pro-life social focus --- is precisely what will turn off the majority of Americans, particularly women.
But, let's cross our fingers and hope there's nothing in his tax returns. Let's cross our toes and hope he doesn't sign another TARP, let's just cover our eyes and ignore that he has neither private sector management NOR Congressional management experience.
But, hell, I'll play: YEAH!!! SANTORUM WILL SAVE US!! WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' PENNSYLVANIA TO WIN IN NOVEMBER!!
Romney can now conclude he has destroyed Gingrich, and be pleased to confront Santorum.
Just as Obama would be pleased to know he can confront Romney.
Have weak opponents if you want to win.
Among the blind the one-eyed man is king.
Make no mistake, Romney can easily beat Santorum.
I hope so - in a lot of ways, I think what finished Romney is that he lost to the one who had so far been the least popular in the race. That shows you how little the average GOP voter likes Romney.
I’m not sure I’d vote for Santorum myself because he reminds me of Jimmy Carter, he’s prissy, self-righteous and I simply don’t like him; in addition, I haven’t heard any particularly impressive ideas from him and his Senate career was pretty undistinguished. Furthermore, he was left untouched in the primaries because Romney had written him off and didn’t bother to rev up the destruction machine, so he hasn’t received the exposure of the other candidates.
If it comes down to a contest between Santorum and Gingrich, I’m sure Gingrich will win. But I do think that this Santorum win has really finished Romney, and that’s a good thing. A very good thing.
That's a tired arguement. He WON a lot more elections before he lost that last one. And he lost in 2006. A year when a whole helluva lot of Republicans lost. He lost to the namesake son of a very well liked, pro-life democrat former Governor. He lost in the wake of the Mark Foley scandal. He lost in part because American's were starting to lose faith in the GOP Congress and W (for good reason) and he lost because he played to good soldier and went against his beliefs and personal inclinations to do the sitting President's bidding by endorsing Arlen Spectre 2 years earlier.
That was then. This is now!
loved to be pinged. Thank you
Rick Santorum is no Abraham Lincoln.
And, no, I am not and never was a Romneybot (or a Paulbot for that matter).
Shove this crap up your paulbot butt.
Neither is he Ronald Reagan.
Last I checked, neither of those guys is running.
This thing is very volatile.
You just may well have to eat your own sarcastic, aspersion-casting words in the future and wear a Santorum for President button in the fall. Just sayin'.
Have you ever heard of Abraham Lincoln? Sheesh!
Don’t forget, Honest Abe was a champion pro wrestler.
>> Gingrich needs to make a graceful exit <<
Yeah, sure, like the Sun needs to rise in the west tomorrow morning, or like Bibi Netanyahu needs to convert to Islam. Dream on.
If Santorum gets the nomination, I'll stay home. There's no reason to waste precious gas trying to stop the other side's landslide victory.
But, thanks for your post. I enjoyed it.
“Why is this a good thing? The only thing we really know for sure about him -— his unrelenting and often seen as sanctimonious pro-life social focus -— is precisely what will turn off the majority of Americans, particularly women.”
in other words, you hate him not because he’s a RINO but because he actually is a conservative. Gotcha.
“If Santorum gets the nomination, I’ll stay home. There’s no reason to waste precious gas trying to stop the other side’s landslide victory. “
Might as well vote for Obama to get your beloved abortions.
Better you stay home than go to the polls and vote for Kaine and Obama.
Yes, it is sad, but the guy who never lost an election, and has been re-elected Governor of Texas 3 times, is sadly no longer in the race, and we have what we have.
Gingrich hasn’t won an election since 1998, and never had to compete for more than 200,000 votes or so.. Santorum hasn’t won an election since 2000, but at least it was a full-state election, where he won 2.4 million votes. Romney hasn’t won an election since 2002.
Ron Paul keeps getted elected, but in a single congressional district with no real competition — does that count?
Santorum got more votes in his disastrous senate loss (1.6 million), than Newt Gingrich got in any of his victories. In fact, it’s likely Santorum got more DIFFERENT voters to choose him in his 2006 loss than Gingrich has gotten in all his campaigns put together.
Rick is now the strongest GOP candidate in PA. Apparently we Keystone Staters are a bunch of knuckle dragging Papists.
Let's cross our toes and hope he doesn't sign another TARP
Santorum didn't vote or tarp or the GM bailout nor was he for it.
I don't want him to be nominated because he's a sure loser in November.Period. Really. Santorum won't even carry Pennsylvania. It's has nothing to do with hating him, I just want to be sure Obama’s voted out of office.
With Santorum as his opponent, Obama can work on his golf game.
And if you thought about this--strategically and not emotionally--you would agree.
But don't burn yourself out. This is a LONG process.