Poll: Ron Paul Rising Nationally Faster Than Santorum, Past Gingrich

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll bodes well for the two Republican candidates who have been running behind, and ill for the two who have been on top.
The poll, which was conducted between February 2-6, shows Santorum gaining big ground. Voters were asked, “If the Republican primaries were today, who would you vote for?” Among only Republicans, Santorum has gained five percentage points (18%, up from 13%) since the last poll a month ago. Among all Independents and Republicans, he’s up four points – with 16% of the vote. Romney and Gingrich have 29% and 19% of only Republicans, and 28% and 16% of Republicans and Independents, respectively.
Santorum’s gains are big news in the media. Those, combined with his three primary victories Tuesday, have generated talk that “Gingrich is old news; Santorum is the new anti-Romney.”
But the most striking news is that which is being almost completely ignored. In the same poll, Ron Paul has made national gains even more significant than Santorum’s.
Among only Republican voters, Ron Paul is now polling at 21% – a gain of five percentage points, just like Santorum.

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But, unlike Santorum, this gain has placed Paul beyond Gingrich (who lost one percentage point), into second place, and within a mere eight percentage points of Romney (who lost one percentage point). If this trend continues, April will present Ron Paul in first place, with Santorum trailing, Mitt on his heels in third place, and Gingrich completely irrelevant.
Paul’s gains are even more evident in the poll of Republican and Independent voters.

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Among those, Romney and Gingrich are down one point apiece, and Ron Paul is up five points, at 22%. This puts him far beyond Gingrich (who is now tied with Santorum in this category with 16%), and only six points behind Romney. If this trend continues, March will show Romney and Paul tied at 27% among Republicans and Independents.
Ron Paul’s popularity has not been the roller coaster ride that most of his competitors have experienced. While theirs comes and goes, his has been on a steady incline since the beginning of the race, and there are no indications that this increase will stop. As his fundraising continues, and as he makes his way through more states, campaigning with his messages of liberty, drastic decreases to the size of the federal government, anti-interventionism, and sound fiscal policy, it is reasonable to assume the upward trend in his popularity will continue, considering that his message has remained constant throughout the race, and throughout his political career.

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2 Responses to Poll: Ron Paul Rising Nationally Faster Than Santorum, Past Gingrich

  1. friendmouse says:

    Yes, in my mind, Paul is the front-runner and the likely nominee. In all candor, I believe he is the most likely to unseat Obama. Romney and Gingrich are toast. Santorum will make it a 2-man race to the convention…with Paul, of course, prevailing. We’ve got a lot of livin’ to do between now and then, though. I’ve already started! 🙂

  2. pat says:

    friendmouse,,i would like to invite u to freedom connect…once there i will invite u to a Paul only group..there we can gain strength in numbers and ideas..thanks
    pat

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