NEW YORK–(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 Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romneyin 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 Romneyand 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 for Mitt 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 leads Rick Santorum42% to 34% with 24% not at all sure.
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.
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.
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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.