December 21, 2011 - Gingrich Tops Romney In Virginia GOP Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Romney Runs Better Against Obama

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich jumps into a slight 30 - 25 percent lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney among Virginia Republicans in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. No other candidate tops 9 percent.

In a head-to-head matchup, Gingrich tops Romney by a larger 47 - 39 percent margin.

Romney, however, runs better against President Barack Obama, getting 44 percent among all voters to Obama's 42 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. The president tops Gingrich 46 - 41 percent.

Romney would do a better job than Gingrich handling the economy, Republican voters say 35 - 26 percent, but Gingrich tops Romney on other key measures:
  • 38 - 29 percent that he is a strong leader;
  • 49 - 18 percent that he is better on foreign policy;
  • 48 - 25 percent that he has the knowledge and experience to be president.
But Virginia voters see Romney - and Obama - in a more favorable light than Gingrich, who faces a crucial selling job to independents and moderate Democrats more partial to Romney.

"Speaker Newt Gingrich jumps into the lead among Virginia Republicans, but Gov. Mitt Romney's calling card is still that he seems to have a better chance of actually winning the White House if nominated," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "As is the case across the country, Gingrich has come out of nowhere. The last time Quinnipiac University surveyed Virginia Republicans, in October, Gingrich was getting just 7 percent. As other candidates fade, Romney's 21 percent climbs to 25 percent now."

Gingrich is viewed favorably by 29 percent of Virginia voters, unfavorably by 45 percent. Among Republicans he is 62 - 14 percent favorable, but among independent voters he is 51 - 25 percent unfavorable. By comparison, Romney has a 37 - 27 percent overall favorable rating, and is 59 - 15 percent favorable among Republicans and 41 - 28 percent favorable among independent voters.

President Obama has a divided 45 - 47 percent favorability rating, 46 - 46 percent among independent voters, the key voting bloc in close elections.

Voters disapprove 51 - 42 percent of the job he is doing as president and by 53 - 41 percent Virginia voters say he does not deserve a second term in the Oval Office.

Overall, voters say 46 - 41 percent that Romney would do a better job than the president handling the economy. Gingrich gets 45 percent on the economy to Obama's 43 percent.

"In 2008 President Obama was the first Democrat to carry Virginia since 1964. To do it again in 2012, he'll need to improve his current standing among Virginians," said Brown.

U.S. Senate Race

The Virginia U.S. Senate race remains too close to call with Republican George Allen at 44 percent and Democrat Tim Kaine at 42 percent.

"Two popular former governors mean Virginia's U.S. Senate race could be a real cliff- hanger. This is the fourth Quinnipiac University poll showing the 2012 race too close to call," said Brown.

From December 13 - 19, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,135 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. The poll includes 489 Republicans with a margin of error is +/- 4.4 percent.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. (If Republican or Republican Leaner) If the 2012 Republican primary for President were being held today, and the candidates were: Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, and Jon Huntsman for whom would you vote?
                     REPUBLICANS/REPUBLICAN LEANERS............................
                                                        WhtBrnAgnEv   TEA PARTY
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Con    Mod    Yes    No     Yes    No
 
Perry                 6%     6%     5%     7%     1%     8%     3%     5%     6%
Gingrich             30     35     26     33     27     34     30     41     27
Romney               25     21     30     21     37     22     34     14     29
Bachmann              6      5      6      7      2      7      2     13      2
Santorum              3      2      3      4      1      5      1      4      3
Paul                  9     11      8      7     14      6     10      9      9
Huntsman              4      3      4      3      6      2      6      -      5
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      1      -      1      -      1      -      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      1      1      2      1      -      -      1
DK/NA                15     14     17     17      9     15     14     12     16
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <50K   50-100 >100K
 
Perry                 5%     6%     7%     3%     5%     7%     8%     2%
Gingrich             25     34     27     34     36     36     27     29
Romney               29     23     21     24     34     24     25     27
Bachmann              7      5      5      9      3      2      8      7
Santorum              5      2      2      4      2      2      2      5
Paul                 10      9     15      7      2     10     12      8
Huntsman              8      1      4      3      3      1      4      8
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      2      -      1      4      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      -      1      1      -      1      1
DK/NA                 8     19     16     14     13     16     12     12
 
TREND: (If Republican or Republican Leaner)If the 2012 Republican primary for President were being held today, and the candidates were: Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, and Jon Huntsman, for whom would you vote? (na=not asked)
                     REPUBLICANS...........
                     Dec 21  Oct 11  Sep 15
                     2011    2011    2011
                             
Perry                 6      11      25
Gingrich             30       7       4
Romney               25      21      19
Bachmann              6       7       5
Santorum              3       2       2
Paul                  9       9       8
Huntsman              4       1       1
Cain                 na      21       6
McCotter             na      na       -
Palin                na      na       7
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       -       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       1       2
DK/NA                15      20      20
 
 
2. (If Republican or Republican Leaner) Suppose the primary came down to a choice between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney for whom would you vote?
                     REPUBLICANS/REPUBLICAN LEANERS............................
                                                        WhtBrnAgnEv   TEA PARTY
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Con    Mod    Yes    No     Yes    No
 
Gingrich             47%    53%    42%    51%    41%    51%    45%    65%    41%
Romney               39     35     42     37     45     34     46     23     46
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      1      1      1      2      1      -      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      3      2      7      2      3      3      3
DK/NA                 9      7     12      9      7     11      4      8      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <50K   50-100 >100K
 
Gingrich             39%    52%    46%    54%    46%    50%    46%    47%
Romney               49     33     38     33     44     38     35     43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      3      2      2      -      3      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5      2      4      3      2      3      4      2
DK/NA                 6     10      9      9      8      5     14      8
 
3. If the 2012 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Mitt Romney the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Obama                42%     4%    87%    41%    42%    43%    32%    88%
Romney               44     90      5     41     43     45     56      2
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      2      2      4      5      2      3      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      1      1      4      5      2      3      4
DK/NA                 7      2      5     11      6      8      6      6
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                43%    24%    24%    30%    18%    32%    43%    46%    39%
Romney               47     62     64     55     70     54     39     42     49
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      4      2      3      3      3      4      4      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      3      4      4      5      3      5      2      3
DK/NA                 4      7      5      9      5      7      9      6      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Obama                49%    39%    50%    43%    38%    44%
Romney               41     45     34     41     51     45
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      4      3      3      3      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      4      3      3      3      4
DK/NA                 5      9     10      9      4      5
 
TREND: If the 2012 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Mitt Romney the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Dec 21  Oct 11  Sep 15
                     2011    2011    2011
                             
Obama                42      44      42
Romney               44      45      44
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3       1       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3       3       2
DK/NA                 7       7       9
 
 
4. If the 2012 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Newt Gingrich the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Obama                46%     7%    90%    47%    45%    47%    36%    88%
Gingrich             41     88      4     36     41     40     52      2
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      1      1      5      4      2      3      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      2      1      3      4      4      4      4
DK/NA                 6      2      4      9      6      7      6      6
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                47%    29%    27%    37%    21%    37%    47%    50%    43%
Gingrich             43     57     60     51     66     50     36     40     46
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      2      3      2      2      2      3      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      4      5      2      5      4      6      4      3
DK/NA                 4      7      6      7      5      7     10      4      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Obama                52%    43%    52%    46%    42%    51%
Gingrich             38     43     33     42     45     41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      3      4      2      3      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      4      4      3      4      3
DK/NA                 4      8      8      7      6      3
 
 
5. Is your opinion of - Newt Gingrich favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            29%    62%     5%    25%    32%    27%    35%     8%
Unfavorable          45     14     72     51     48     42     42     62
Hvn't hrd enough     23     21     22     22     17     28     21     27
REFUSED               3      2      1      1      2      3      2      3
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Favorable            31%    37%    43%    36%    48%    33%    20%    29%    34%
Unfavorable          58     31     33     44     28     43     41     48     45
Hvn't hrd enough     10     29     21     18     22     21     35     21     18
REFUSED               1      3      2      1      2      3      4      1      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Favorable            28%    30%    18%    36%    32%    33%
Unfavorable          59     37     43     40     46     55
Hvn't hrd enough     11     30     36     20     20     11
REFUSED               2      3      3      4      1      1
 
 
6. Is your opinion of Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            37%    59%    19%    41%    39%    35%    46%    12%
Unfavorable          27     15     37     28     33     22     25     36
Hvn't hrd enough     33     24     42     30     25     40     27     50
REFUSED               3      2      2      2      2      3      2      2
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Favorable            49%    43%    50%    49%    44%    51%    29%    34%    43%
Unfavorable          34     19     20     30     22     24     30     31     22
Hvn't hrd enough     16     34     28     20     31     23     40     32     31
REFUSED               1      3      3      1      3      2      1      3      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Favorable            43%    33%    25%    35%    39%    49%
Unfavorable          35     23     22     29     27     35
Hvn't hrd enough     19     41     53     33     32     15
REFUSED               3      3      1      3      2      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Dec 21  Oct 11
                     2011    2011
                             
Favorable            37      38
Unfavorable          27      29 
Hvn't hrd enough     33      31 
REFUSED               3       2
 
 
7. Is your opinion of - Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            45%     7%    84%    46%    43%    47%    35%    88%
Unfavorable          47     88     10     46     51     44     59      2
Hvn't hrd enough      3      2      2      3      3      4      2      6
REFUSED               4      3      4      5      4      4      4      3
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Favorable            46%    27%    28%    37%    20%    38%    47%    47%    41%
Unfavorable          50     65     65     60     75     55     43     46     52
Hvn't hrd enough      2      2      2      2      2      2      5      2      3
REFUSED               2      6      5      1      3      5      5      5      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Favorable            52%    41%    52%    44%    42%    49%
Unfavorable          43     50     39     48     53     47
Hvn't hrd enough      2      4      5      4      1      2
REFUSED               3      5      4      4      4      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Dec 21  Oct 11
                     2011    2011
                             
Favorable            45      45
Unfavorable          47      49 
Hvn't hrd enough      3       2 
REFUSED               4       3 
 
 
8. Compared to past presidential elections, how would you describe your level of enthusiasm about voting in the 2012 presidential election next year; are you more enthusiastic than usual, less enthusiastic, or about the same as usual?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
More                 30%    42%    29%    24%    36%    25%    28%    33%
Less                 23     15     21     29     22     25     24     17
About the same       46     42     50     47     41     50     47     50
DK/NA                 1      1      -      -      1      1      1      -
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
More                 26%    30%    30%    24%    33%    24%    22%    32%    34%
Less                 25     23     22     27     21     27     28     24     19
About the same       48     46     47     50     46     48     49     43     46
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      -      1      1      1      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
More                 27%    32%    27%    28%    34%    30%
Less                 27     21     21     19     25     29
About the same       45     46     52     53     41     39
DK/NA                 1      -      -      -      -      1
 
TREND: Compared to past presidential elections, how would you describe your level of enthusiasm about voting in the 2012 presidential election next year; are you more enthusiastic than usual, less enthusiastic, or about the same as usual?
                     Dec 21  Oct 11
                     2011    2011
                             
More                 30      35
Less                 23      20 
About the same       46      44 
DK/NA                 1       1 
 
 
9. If the 2012 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were George Allen the Republican and Tim Kaine the Democrat, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Allen                44%    88%     8%    40%    48%    41%    52%    12%
Kaine                42      5     78     44     39     44     35     66
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      1      1      2      -      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      -      2      2      2      1      1      6
DK/NA(VOL)           12      7     12     12      9     14     11     15
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Allen                45%    58%    64%    50%    74%    47%    35%    42%    51%
Kaine                43     30     26     34     18     38     49     40     37
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      -      1      1      1      1      1      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      1      1      1      1      1      2      1
DK/NA(VOL)           10     11      8     14      7     13     13     14      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Allen                40%    47%    36%    47%    47%    48%
Kaine                48     38     47     40     38     45
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      2      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      1      2      2      1
DK/NA(VOL)           10     12     14      9     12      6
 
TREND: If the 2012 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were George Allen the Republican and Tim Kaine the Democrat, for whom would you vote?
                     Dec 21  Oct 11  Sep 15  Jun 30
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
                             
Allen                44      44      45      42
Kaine                42      45      44      43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1       1       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1       1       2
DK/NA(VOL)           12       9       9      11
 
 
10. Is your opinion of - George Allen favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            41%    73%    15%    39%    47%    35%    47%    18%
Unfavorable          27      5     46     34     30     25     25     35
Hvn't hrd enough     30     21     38     25     22     38     27     46
REFUSED               2      1      -      1      1      2      1      2
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Favorable            41%    52%    57%    48%    64%    43%    31%    43%    45%
Unfavorable          34     18     20     28     15     27     16     30     31
Hvn't hrd enough     23     29     21     24     21     29     53     26     22
REFUSED               1      1      1      -      -      1      -      1      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Favorable            39%    43%    31%    44%    44%    47%
Unfavorable          35     22     23     29     25     33
Hvn't hrd enough     25     34     44     26     31     20
REFUSED               2      1      2      -      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of George Allen favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Dec 21  Oct 11
                     2011    2011
                             
Favorable            41      45
Unfavorable          27      28 
Hvn't hrd enough     30      26 
REFUSED               2       1 
 
 
11. Is your opinion of - Tim Kaine favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            42%    21%    66%    44%    44%    41%    40%    56%
Unfavorable          27     51      7     27     32     23     33      8
Hvn't hrd enough     28     26     27     27     21     34     26     34
REFUSED               2      1      -      2      2      2      1      2
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Favorable            47%    35%    33%    42%    25%    45%    45%    43%    40%
Unfavorable          32     34     40     32     46     29     13     31     33
Hvn't hrd enough     20     30     26     25     27     25     42     26     24
REFUSED               1      2      1      1      1      1      1      1      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Favorable            50%    38%    35%    44%    42%    54%
Unfavorable          28     27     22     28     28     30
Hvn't hrd enough     21     32     41     27     29     14
REFUSED               1      2      2      1      -      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Tim Kaine favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Dec 21  Oct 11
                     2011    2011
                             
Favorable            42      47
Unfavorable          27      29 
Hvn't hrd enough     28      23 
REFUSED               2       1 
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              42%     5%    82%    39%    38%    46%    31%    88%
Disapprove           51     90     13     52     56     46     63      3
DK/NA                 7      5      6      9      6      8      6     10
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              40%    24%    24%    31%    16%    32%    41%    45%    40%
Disapprove           56     68     70     65     79     60     46     51     54
DK/NA                 4      8      6      5      5      7     13      5      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              46%    40%    52%    42%    39%    42%
Disapprove           49     52     38     50     56     54
DK/NA                 5      8     10      8      5      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Dec 21  Oct 11  Sep 15  Jun 30
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
                             
Approve              42      45      40      48
Disapprove           51      52      54      48
DK/NA                 7       3       6       4
 
 
19. Do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/Deserves         41%     3%    85%    39%    37%    45%    30%    90%
No/Does not          53     94     10     53     56     49     65      4
DK/NA                 6      3      5      8      7      6      6      6
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes/Deserves         39%    23%    22%    28%    15%    31%    40%    45%    39%
No/Does not          56     70     71     68     79     64     51     51     54
DK/NA                 5      7      6      4      6      5      9      4      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Yes/Deserves         44%    39%    52%    44%    35%    41%
No/Does not          50     54     41     51     58     55
DK/NA                 6      6      7      5      7      4
 
TREND: Do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Dec 21  Oct 11  Sep 15  Jun 30
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
                             
Yes/Deserves         41      44      41      47
No/Does not          53      51      51      47
DK/NA                 6       5       8       6
 
20. (If Republican or Republican Leaner) Regardless of how you intend to vote for President, which Republican candidate do you think would do the best job handling - the economy: Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul or Jon Huntsman?
                     REPUBLICANS/REPUBLICAN LEANERS............................
                                                        WhtBrnAgnEv   TEA PARTY
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Con    Mod    Yes    No     Yes    No
 
Perry                 6%     8%     5%     8%     2%    10%     3%     5%     7%
Gingrich             26     24     29     27     27     31     21     35     23
Romney               35     31     38     33     43     26     49     25     40
Bachmann              5      6      5      6      4      6      3     14      2
Santorum              2      4      1      3      1      3      2      5      1
Paul                 12     17      6     12     12     11     13      7     13
Huntsman              3      4      2      2      4      2      3      1      3
DK/NA                11      7     14      9      8     11      7      8     11
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <50K   50-100 >100K
 
Perry                 3%     8%     8%     6%     5%     9%     6%     3%
Gingrich             20     30     21     34     31     32     26     22
Romney               44     30     29     34     44     28     33     43
Bachmann              6      5      7      4      4      2      7      6
Santorum              2      2      4      1      2      3      2      3
Paul                 12     12     20      6      2     12     13     12
Huntsman              6      1      3      2      3      1      1      7
DK/NA                 7     12     10     12      8     12     11      4
 
 
21. (If Republican or Republican Leaner) Regardless of how you intend to vote for President, which Republican candidate do you think would do the best job handling - foreign policy: Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul or Jon Huntsman?
                     REPUBLICANS/REPUBLICAN LEANERS............................
                                                        WhtBrnAgnEv   TEA PARTY
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Con    Mod    Yes    No     Yes    No
 
Perry                 4%     3%     4%     5%     -      6%     1%     4%     4%
Gingrich             49     52     47     52     48     49     50     60     46
Romney               18     15     21     15     25     16     24     13     21
Bachmann              3      3      3      4      1      5      1      7      1
Santorum              4      5      2      5      1      4      3      7      2
Paul                  6      7      4      5      7      5      6      -      7
Huntsman              5      6      5      4      8      2      8      1      7
DK/NA                12      9     15     10      9     12      8      7     12
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <50K   50-100 >100K
 
Perry                 4%     4%     6%     2%     2%     6%     3%     2%
Gingrich             46     51     43     57     55     50     48     53
Romney               22     16     16     16     22     17     16     22
Bachmann              2      3      5      1      1      2      6      1
Santorum              3      4      5      2      2      4      4      3
Paul                  6      5     10      1      2      7      6      6
Huntsman             11      2      4      5      7      5      4      8
DK/NA                 7     15     11     16      9     11     13      5
 
 
22. (If Republican or Republican Leaner) Regardless of how you intend to vote for President, which Republican candidate do you think would do the best job handling - immigration issues: Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul or Jon Huntsman?
                     REPUBLICANS/REPUBLICAN LEANERS............................
                                                        WhtBrnAgnEv   TEA PARTY
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Con    Mod    Yes    No     Yes    No
 
Perry                15%    16%    13%    18%     9%    17%    12%    15%    15%
Gingrich             27     31     23     25     30     26     26     28     26
Romney               18     13     23     16     25     15     26     12     21
Bachmann             10     11      8     11      6      9      8     18      6
Santorum              4      6      2      5      -      5      4      9      2
Paul                  7     10      5      8      6      9      8      5      8
Huntsman              3      3      3      2      5      1      4      -      4
DK/NA                18     11     24     15     19     18     12     13     17
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <50K   50-100 >100K
 
Perry                16%    14%    20%    12%    10%    18%    12%    15%
Gingrich             25     28     22     32     33     32     25     24
Romney               20     17     19     12     21     18     22     16
Bachmann              9     10      7     14     10      4     10     14
Santorum              5      3      4      4      3      5      1      6
Paul                  8      7     11      4      3      9      7      7
Huntsman              6      1      2      3      3      1      3      4
DK/NA                11     21     15     19     17     14     20     15
 
 
23. (If Republican or Republican Leaner) Regardless of how you intend to vote for President, which Republican candidate do you think is best described as - having the knowledge and experience necessary to be a good president: Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul or Jon Huntsman?
                     REPUBLICANS/REPUBLICAN LEANERS............................
                                                        WhtBrnAgnEv   TEA PARTY
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Con    Mod    Yes    No     Yes    No
 
Perry                 5%     4%     5%     6%     1%     7%     2%     7%     4%
Gingrich             48     53     42     51     43     51     47     59     44
Romney               25     22     29     22     39     21     32     14     31
Bachmann              3      2      3      4      -      3      -      9      1
Santorum              1      2      1      2      -      2      1      1      1
Paul                  5      7      3      5      5      4      7      2      7
Huntsman              2      2      3      2      3      -      4      -      3
DK/NA                10      7     13      8      9     11      8      8      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <50K   50-100 >100K
 
Perry                 2%     6%     6%     3%     4%     7%     4%     2%
Gingrich             44     50     43     54     53     52     47     47
Romney               32     22     23     23     30     23     27     27
Bachmann              3      3      4      3      -      2      4      3
Santorum              2      1      2      -      1      -      -      4
Paul                  8      4      9      3      -      8      3      7
Huntsman              6      1      2      2      3      1      3      4
DK/NA                 5     13     11     10      8      8     12      7
 
 
24. (If Republican or Republican Leaner) Regardless of how you intend to vote for President, which Republican candidate do you think is best described as - being a strong leader: Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul or Jon Huntsman?
                     REPUBLICANS/REPUBLICAN LEANERS............................
                                                        WhtBrnAgnEv   TEA PARTY
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Con    Mod    Yes    No     Yes    No
 
Perry                 9%    11%     7%    10%     8%    11%     8%    11%     9%
Gingrich             38     38     38     40     38     44     36     46     35
Romney               29     26     33     29     34     23     38     19     35
Bachmann              4      4      3      5      1      4      1     11      1
Santorum              1      1      1      1      1      2      -      2      1
Paul                  6      9      4      6      7      7      6      2      7
Huntsman              2      2      2      2      3      2      3      -      3
DK/NA                10      8     11      7      9      7      8      9      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <50K   50-100 >100K
 
Perry                 9%    10%    12%     6%     7%    11%     9%     8%
Gingrich             36     40     34     46     41     41     37     36
Romney               35     27     25     27     37     28     30     30
Bachmann              3      4      4      5      1      3      6      3
Santorum              2      1      2      -      1      1      1      3
Paul                  8      6     11      5      -      6      7      8
Huntsman              3      1      3      1      3      1      2      3
DK/NA                 5     12      9     11      9      9      9      8
 
 
25. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on the economy, Barack Obama or - Mitt Romney?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Obama                41%     5%    80%    36%    39%    42%    27%    90%
Romney               46     87     10     50     48     45     59      3
DK/NA                13      8     10     14     12     14     13      6
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                37%    21%    20%    29%    14%    29%    44%    43%    37%
Romney               54     63     65     64     71     58     40     45     51
DK/NA                10     15     15      7     15     12     17     12     12
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Obama                44%    38%    49%    41%    35%    41%
Romney               47     46     36     43     52     52
DK/NA                 9     15     14     16     14      7
 
 
26. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on the economy, Barack Obama or - Newt Gingrich?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Obama                43%     4%    85%    40%    43%    43%    31%    87%
Gingrich             45     90      5     44     47     43     57      3
DK/NA                12      6     10     15     10     14     12     10
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                42%    24%    23%    30%    16%    32%    43%    46%    41%
Gingrich             49     62     64     59     72     55     39     44     49
DK/NA                 9     14     12     11     12     13     19     10     11
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Obama                47%    40%    51%    43%    35%    47%
Gingrich             43     46     35     45     49     47
DK/NA                 9     14     14     12     15      6
 
 

Demographic Summary