Ron Paul 23%, Mitt Romney 20%, Gingrich 14%
December 19, 2011
A new survey conducted by Public Policy Polling shows that Ron Paul now leads in Iowa just two weeks ahead of the crucial Republican primary, while Newt Gingrich’s campaign is in free fall.
“Newt Gingrich’s campaign is rapidly imploding, and Ron Paul has now taken the lead in Iowa. He’s at 23% to 20% for Mitt Romney, 14% for Gingrich, 10% each for Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry, 4% for Jon Huntsman, and 2% for Gary Johnson,” reports PPP.
Support for Gingrich has dropped from to 27% to 14% in just two weeks.
The figures illustrate how Gingrich is likely to fade into the distance before the crucial primary takes place on January 3rd. The numbers also show that Paul’s fiercest rival is clearly Romney, meaning all energies should be directed to pointing out that, like Gingrich, Romney is a big government RINO Republican who supported a system almost identical to Obamacare.
Paul’s supporters describe themselves as more “solidly committed” than Romney’s, at 73% to 68%.
Paul’s aggressive work in Iowa has impressed voters, with 22 per cent believing he’s run the best campaign in the state, compared to just 8% for Gingrich and 5% for Romney.
Gingrich’s decline in Iowa has undoubtedly been influenced by powerful Paul campaign ads attacking Gingrich over his big government tendencies.
“Negative ads over the last few weeks have really chipped away at Gingrich’s image as being a strong conservative- now only 36% of voters believe that he has ‘strong principles,’ while 43% think he does not,” reports Public Policy Polling.