Gingrich up 5 in PPP poll

In the first post-South Carolina primary poll, Newt Gingrich has surged ahead in Florida.

PPP:

PPP's first post-South Carolina poll in Florida finds Newt Gingrich with a small lead. He's at 38% to 33% for Mitt Romney, 13% for Rick Santorum, and 10% for Ron Paul.

Gingrich has gained 12 points since a PPP poll conducted in Florida a week ago. Romney has dropped 8 points. Paul and Santorum have pretty much remained in place. Their favorability numbers show similar trendlines. Gingrich's has increased 8 points from +15 (51/36) to +23 (57/34). Meanwhile Romney's has declined 13 points from +44 (68/24) to +31 (61/30).

The good news for Gingrich: his voters are more committed, he is more ideologically in tune with the GOP electorate than Romney, and he is drawing out new voters.

Good news for Romney: Early voters favor him, he's more popular than Gingrich, and he is seen as having stronger morals.

I actually expected a little larger lead for Gingrich but coming up 12 points in a week is still a considerable accomplishment. The question is; did Romney stop the bleeding as a result of his strong attacks on Gingrich during the debate last night?

If not, those calls for Mitch Daniels, or some other Republican, to enter the race will increase substantially.


In the first post-South Carolina primary poll, Newt Gingrich has surged ahead in Florida.

PPP:

PPP's first post-South Carolina poll in Florida finds Newt Gingrich with a small lead. He's at 38% to 33% for Mitt Romney, 13% for Rick Santorum, and 10% for Ron Paul.

Gingrich has gained 12 points since a PPP poll conducted in Florida a week ago. Romney has dropped 8 points. Paul and Santorum have pretty much remained in place. Their favorability numbers show similar trendlines. Gingrich's has increased 8 points from +15 (51/36) to +23 (57/34). Meanwhile Romney's has declined 13 points from +44 (68/24) to +31 (61/30).

The good news for Gingrich: his voters are more committed, he is more ideologically in tune with the GOP electorate than Romney, and he is drawing out new voters.

Good news for Romney: Early voters favor him, he's more popular than Gingrich, and he is seen as having stronger morals.

I actually expected a little larger lead for Gingrich but coming up 12 points in a week is still a considerable accomplishment. The question is; did Romney stop the bleeding as a result of his strong attacks on Gingrich during the debate last night?

If not, those calls for Mitch Daniels, or some other Republican, to enter the race will increase substantially.


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