Gingrich up 5 in PPP poll

Rick Moran
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...(Read Full Post)

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