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Poll Track: Romney Leads, Santorum Struggling

First poll of Friday shows Romney with comfortable lead

South Carolina polling data released Friday shows former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney continuing to lead the way while the field behind him jockeys for position.

Sen. Rick Santorum appears to have lost the most ground based on Friday's polling, while Rep. Ron Paul has seen a small surge. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's numbers remained , but he emerged as the clear rival to Romney because of Santorum's struggles.

With the exception of Santorum, the poll numbers closely resemble those released last week, an indication that the results of the New Hampshire primary had little impact on the opinions of South Carolina voters.

Public Policy Poll: Romney Leads Over Gingrich, Paul

The latest Public Policy poll released Friday shows Romney with just less than 30 percent support statewide, a number he has hovered near for the past few weeks.

Romney earned 29 percent support, with Gingrich sitting second at 24 percent. Rep. Ron Paul moved into third place at 15 percent as Santorum's plunge to 14 percent left him fourth, ahead of only Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman.

According the analysis from Public Policy Polling, voters said they were much more focused on the ecomony than social issues, which could explain both Romney's success and Santorum's failure.

However, Romney hasn't locked things up yet. His net favorability among all voters dropped from last week, while Gingrich's rose.

Although 46 percent of voters think Romney will win the nomination, 58 percent of those surveyed said the did not want Romney to become the nominee.

The poll also noted that Paul's success mimicked that in the previous two state because he's winning among young voters and Democrats. Because South Carolina is an open primary, Paul could gain significant ground by earning votes from outside the Republican Party.

American Research Group Poll: Santorum Plunges, Paul Improves

In another poll released Friday, Romney leads Gingrich in a close race.

The American Research Group poll showed Romney earning 29 percent support, four points better than Gingrich, who sat at 25 percent.

Rep. Ron Paul also showed a significant surge in the poll to 20 percent, passing Sen. Rick Santorum, who polled at on 7 percent.

Even Texas Gov. Rick Perry surpassed Santorum in the new poll of 600 likely primary voters, earning 9 percent support.

Santorum's drop was the most significant, falling 17 points from just one week ago.

The poll also examined voter preference based on Tea Party affiliation and religion.

Gingrich narrowly beat out Romney as the preferred candidate among the Tea Party, but dominated the frontrunner among Envangelical voters.

According to the poll, 40 percent of Evangelicals said they would vote for Gingrich, while 15 percent said Perry and only 11 percent said Romney.

Rasmussen Poll Shows Romney Leads, Santorum Sinks

The latest Rasmussen poll shows former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney with a comfortable lead over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Romney leads with 28 percent support, according to the survey of 750 likely Republican primary voters.

Gingrich sits in second at 21 percent, while Sen. Rick Santorum fell back to 16 percent.

Rep. Ron Paul, who was in fourth during , is now tied with Santorum at 16 percent.

Yesterday, a showed Romney with a slightly smaller lead over Gingrich.

 

Matthias Klein January 13, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Can a Christian endorse a Mormon? John Thune of South Dakota is doing it. But is it wise? If you leave out Christ, I don't see a problem, because Mitt Romney is not much different from current Christian politicians. But if you stand up for the truth of the Bible that Jesus Christ is King of Kings and all authorities are called to submit to Him as Psalm 2 clearly shows then you cannot endorse a Mormon because they believe in a false prophet who claims to have words from God. Watch my video: A German pracher's thoughts on 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpLYq525SpM
Jackson Baer January 14, 2012 at 12:24 AM
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Love Paul January 15, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Ron Paul, a patriot, who has honorably served his country, defends both the constitution and civil liberties, and is for peace and prosperity. Dr. Paul has the wisdom, foresight, honesty and integrity to be president. Dr. Paul believes spending and deficits are destroying this country. Dr. Paul's budget plan would save $1 trillion in the first year. Besides the spending cuts, there are other issues of importance to voters. For conservatives, Dr. Paul scores an A+ on all of them: Second Amendment protection, pro-life record, right-to-work, pro-business, anti-tax, states' rights, you name it. Dr. Paul also believes America should have the strongest national defense on earth — which he believes begins with not trying to constantly police the earth. Right now, our government puts our best and bravest in harm's way on a regular basis for questionable reasons and with no discernible notion of victory. This is not supporting the troops. It's abusing them. Dr. Paul wants an end to this absurd, costly policy. The voters have declared Dr. Paul the alternative to the liberal, flip flopping Mitt Romney. The other candidates are simply irrelevant. In the New Hampshire Primary, Dr. Paul received more votes than all the supposed Anti-Romney (Santorum, Gingrich, and Perry) candidates combined. The question for Republican voters is not whether they can afford to vote for Dr. Paul - it's whether they can afford not to. America Needs Ron Paul.

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