Posted by Fullcouch on January 14, 2012, 11:55am
Looks like it’s time to coalesce, people.
Investors – Mitt Romney appears to be gaining steam in a new national poll, especially among conservatives.
Former Governor Romney now leads former Representative Newt Gingrich, 34-18, according to a CNN/ORC International survey completed yesterday of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents.
Last month before Todd Palin’s endorsement of Gingrich the pair were tied at 28%. In November Romney had only 20% support.
Ron Paul (up one point) and Rick Santorum (up 11 points despite a fifth place finish in New Hampshire) are now tied at 15%, reports the new survey of 1,021 adults, with Rick Perry at 9% and Jon Huntsman at 4%.
According to CNN Polling Director Keating Holland, “Romney’s increased support has come entirely from conservative Republicans, and mostly at Gingrich’s expense.”
That could augur well for Romney if that trend holds true in South Carolina, which votes next and is considered more conservative than the first two balloting spots.
Romney’s ongoing strong suit appears to be electability, reinforced by his unprecedented two straight wins in Iowa and New Hampshire. The poll found 70% of Republicans prefer a candidate who can beat Democrat Obama over a GOP candidate who agrees with them on everything.
And 55% of those have settled on Romney as the one, up from 36% in December and 26% in September. Gingrich’s electability numbers have gone the other way, from 35% last month to 13% this week.
So, the lesson in all this is that Romney maybe should chip in some of his own money to help broadcast Gingrich’s TV commercials accusing the front-runner of being a successful capitalist.