Nationally, Mitt Romney Leads Newt Gingrich By 6%

NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — As voters in Florida get ready to name the next victor in the first batch of Republican primaries and caucuses, nationally, Mitt Romney is ahead of Newt Gingrich. Among Republicans, over one-quarter (27%) would vote for former MassachusettsGovernor Mitt Romney in the primary while 21% would vote for former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. One in ten would each vote for Congressman Ron Paul (11%) and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (11%) and three in ten Republicans (29%) are still not at all sure who they would vote for in the Republican primary.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,099 adults surveyed online between January 25 and 27, 2012 by Harris Interactive.

Among Conservatives it is a closer race. One in five Conservatives would each vote for Newt Gingrich (21%) and Mitt Romney(20%) while 13% would vote for Ron Paul and 12% would vote for Rick Santorum. One third of Conservatives (34%), however, are not at all sure who they would vote for in the primary.

Head to head match-ups

When looking at how the four remaining Republicans stack up against President Obama, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul make it the closer race. If the presidential election were held today, 43% of Americans would vote for President Obama, 39% would vote forMitt Romney and 19% are not at all sure. This is similar to last month when 43% said they would vote for President Obama and 40% said they would vote for Mitt Romney. Among Independents, it’s a closer race with 39% voting for the President and 38% voting for the former governor.

It’s also a four point race for Ron Paul as 42% of Americans would vote for President Obama and 38% would vote for the Congressman while 20% are not at all sure. Among Independents, Paul is ahead 40% to the President’s 36%.  It’s a nine point race between both President Obama (45%) and Newt Gingrich (36%) and President Obama (45%) and Rick Santorum (36%). Among Independents, President Obama leads Newt Gingrich 42% to 36% with 22% not at all sure and President Obama leadsRick Santorum 42% to 34% with 24% not at all sure.

So What?

So far there have been three contests and so far there have been three different winners, so Florida has the potential to be a real game changer for the Republican primary contest. If Republicans are looking ahead long term to the November contest, then Mitt Romney or Ron Paul should do well as they make it the closest contest against the President. But, Newt Gingrich’s big win in South Carolina could give him the momentum to do well in Florida and make it two in a row. As February begins on Wednesday, a new primary race will also most likely be beginning.

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TABLE 1
REPUBLICAN PRIMARY ELECTION
“If you were voting in the Republican primary election and these were the candidates, who would you vote for?”
Base: All adults
Total
Jan
2012
Political Party Political Philosophy
Rep. Dem. Ind. Cons. Mod. Lib.
% % % % % % %
Mitt Romney 19 27 18 17 20 19 18
Ron Paul 17 11 16 22 13 17 22
Newt Gingrich 13 21 10 12 21 11 7
Rick Santorum 7 11 7 5 12 7 2
Not at all sure 43 29 49 44 34 46 51
Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding
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TABLE 2
ROMNEY VS. OBAMA
“If the presidential election were held today and these were the two candidates, for whom would you most likely vote?”
Base: All adults
Total
Oct
Total
Nov
Total
Dec
Total
Jan
Party ID Philosophy
Rep. Dem. Ind. Cons. Mod. Lib.
% % % % % % % % % %
Barack Obama 41 41 43 43 9 81 39 16 47 74
Mitt Romney 40 41 40 39 80 10 38 69 30 11
Not at all sure 18 18 17 19 11 9 23 15 23 15
Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding
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TABLE 3
GINGRICH VS. OBAMA
“If the presidential election were held today and these were the two candidates, for whom would you most likely vote?”
Base: All adults
Total
Dec
Total
Jan
Party ID Philosophy
Rep. Dem. Ind. Cons. Mod. Lib.
% % % % % % % %
Barack Obama 45 45 11 82 42 19 50 76
Newt Gingrich 38 36 76 9 36 68 27 9
Not at all sure 17 19 13 8 22 13 23 15
Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding
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TABLE 4
PAUL VS. OBAMA
“If the presidential election were held today and these were the two candidates, for whom would you most likely vote?”
Base: All adults
Total
Oct
Total
Nov
Total
Jan
Party ID Philosophy
Rep. Dem. Ind. Cons. Mod. Lib.
% % % % % % % % %
Barack Obama 41 40 42 9 80 36 17 46 71
Ron Paul 36 38 38 71 11 40 61 32 17
Not at all sure 23 21 20 20 9 24 22 22 12
Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding
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TABLE 5
SANTORUM VS. OBAMA
“If the presidential election were held today and these were the two candidates, for whom would you most likely vote?”
Base: All adults
Total
Jan
Party ID Philosophy
Rep. Dem. Ind. Cons. Mod. Lib.
% % % % % % %
Barack Obama 45 10 83 42 19 50 75
Rick Santorum 36 75 9 34 66 27 10
Not at all sure 19 15 8 24 15 23 15
Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding

Methodology

This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between January 25 and 27, 2012 among 2,099 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Interactive avoids the words “margin of error” as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in the Harris Interactive panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

The results of this Harris Poll may not be used in advertising, marketing or promotion without the prior written permission of Harris Interactive.

The Harris Poll® #11, January 30, 2012

By Regina A. Corso, SVP, Harris Poll, Public Relations and Youth Research, Harris Interactive

About Harris Interactive

Harris Interactive is one of the world’s leading custom market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll and for pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers expertise in a wide range of industries including healthcare, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer package goods. Serving clients in over 215 countries and territories through our North American and European offices and a network of independent market research firms, Harris specializes in delivering research solutions that help us – and our clients – stay ahead of what’s next. For more information, please visit www.harrisinteractive.com.

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