Santorum Surges in Poll After Tuesday’s Wins

Friday, 10 Feb 2012 04:06 PM

By Martin Gould

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Rick Santorum’s triple primary season victories on Tuesday gave him a large and immediate bump in public opinion, a new Fox News poll shows.

The network carried out its polls over four days – two before the results from Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri were in – and two after.

And the difference in the answers from likely Republican voters was huge, the results show. Those questioned on Monday and Tuesdays were 35 percent for Mitt Romney and 17 percent for Santorum. But those questioned on Wednesday and Thursday split their allegiance, 30-30 between the two.

Newt Gingrich’s poor performance in the two caucuses and one primary that were held on Tuesday also affected his standing among Republicans, the poll showed. He scored 26 percent support from Republicans on Monday and Tuesday, but that fell to 16 percent on Wednesday and Thursday.

Support for the fourth candidate in the race, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, was virtually unchanged. He got 14 percent in the first two days and 15 percent on the final two, well within the 3 percent margin of error.

The overall vote with all four days combined had Romney with 33 percent, Santorum with 23 percent, Gingrich with 22 percent and Paul with 15 percent.

The poll conducted among 1,110 voters, showed that President Barack Obama would beat any of the four Republicans in a face-off if the election were held today. According to the figures he would beat Romney by 5 percentage points, Paul by 10, Santorum by 12 and Gingrich by 13.

Republicans were split on whether they are satisfied with the candidates who ran for the presidency. A total of 48 percent said they were happy with the field, while 49 percent said they wished someone else would jump in the race.

And when asked to name who, out of a list of 16 names, they would want as vice-presidential candidate, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came out on top with 8 percent of the vote.




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