By Dave Andrusko
When you’re hot, you’re hot. The day before the Republican presidential candidates’ debate at Drake University in Iowa a new survey from Quinnipiac University Polling Institute finds pro-life former Speaker Newt Gingrich with a 2-1 lead over pro-life former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney among Ohio Republicans –36% to 18%. The poll was conducted from November 28 to December 5.
The actual impact may matter less—Ohio’s primary is not until June 12—than it what the numbers do to affirm yet again that Gingrich is riding a wave of popularity that shows no signs of cresting.
“Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is no longer just the flavor of the month, since his boomlet has now stretched from November into December and voting begins in Iowa in less than four weeks,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Connecticut-based institute.
The survey of 1,437 Ohio voters found widespread disapproval of the job President Obama is doing—55% to 41%. By almost the same numbers—53%-42%, Ohio voters say Obama does not deserve re-election.
As we reported yesterday a CNN/TIME/ORC poll taken from November 29 to December 6 found that Romney still leads in New Hampshire—by 9%– (35% to Gingrich’s 26%). But Gingrich has substantial leads in three states: Iowa (33% to 20%); South Carolina (43% to 20%); and Florida (48% to 25%). The Iowa caucuses are less than a month away!
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