Friday, January 27, 2012

Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll: Gingrich Leading as Fight Intensifies

FOX Chicago News has the report, "Ex-Speaker Fares Worse vs. Obama":

Newt Gingrich is outpacing Mitt Romney by a comfortable margin among Republican voters nationwide, but also is showing evidence of the vulnerabilities that could hurt the former House speaker in a general election, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

With the two rivals fighting it out in Florida after Gingrich's big South Carolina victory last week, the poll found Republicans nationwide favoring Gingrich 37 percent to 28 percent over Romney. GOP voters gave the former House speaker high marks for knowledge and experience, while they continued to harbor doubts about Romney's positions on the issues and his feel for average Americans.

But the survey also finds that many Americans overall, notably political independents, hold negative feelings about Gingrich, and that Romney fares considerably better in a hypothetical matchup against President Barack Obama.

The poll captures on a larger stage much of the drama playing out now in Florida, where Romney is scrambling to stop Gingrich's resurgence by jabbing at his weaknesses. After trailing at the start of the week, Romney has moved to even or just ahead in more recent polls. Florida holds its primary next Tuesday.

The poll also puts a spotlight on the bigger issue of electability, registering a distinct uptick in positive sentiment both toward the economy and President Barack Obama. Greater confidence in the economy would strengthen Obama's position leading up to the November election.

Obama's approval rating nudged up to 48 percent, while 46 percent disapprove of the job he is doing, the first time the reading has moved into positive territory for the president since June. Obama was losing to a generic Republican candidate last month, but the new survey finds him beating an unnamed Republican 47 percent to 42 percent, his best margin in seven months.

Specifically, Obama tops both of the leading GOP candidates, but is far stronger against Gingrich. When Americans were asked how they would vote today, the president surpasses Romney by a 49 percent to 43 percent margin. Against Gingrich, his margin swells to 55 percent to 37 percent.
Well, it's still early. I've been extremely impressed with Gingrich in the debates, and while some suggest that Gingrich bombed in last night's debate, there's no doubt that Newt would decimate Barack Obama in a series of debates in the fall --- and he'd be much more aggressive against Obama, shamelessly aggressive, than Romney would be. That said, these primaries are heating up pretty good and I'm pleased that issues are being raised as pointedly as they are at this point. The eventual nominee will be that much stronger.



The Griper said...

"...and he'd be much more aggressive against Obama, shamelessly aggressive, than Romney would be."

and that is what the right needs now too against Obama. you can't be politically correct in your attacks against him or you'll be eaten up just like McCain was.

Dave said...


I read your blog religiously. I'd place it up there with the Weekly Standard, Commentary and Hip-Hop Republicans in content and analysis. But until now I've never commented here. You usually cover everything so thoroughly that there's nothing left for me to say. I'm literally speechless most of the time.

I just now want to personally think you for standing up for Newt.

I hate to admit it, but until a year ago I was one of those Ron Paul supporters. You see, I was taken in by their sinister manipulative ways. Fortunately, I eventually saw Paul and his followers for the racist, anti-Semetic, dope-smoking, homo-hating, surrender monkeys that they truly are.

Part of my recovery was the brilliant conservative political commentary of Nate Weinstein, whose insights I'd place up there with Bill Buckley, Bill Kristol, Martin Luther King Jr. and Michael Steele.

Nate calls it like it is and he doesn't pull his punches. And in these troubled times, we need a proven and tough leader, a man like Newt Gingrich.

The way I see it, we're fighting a three front war: liberal fascism at home, Islamo fascism abroad, and racism everywhere. These three things are the greatest threats to American freedom and only Newt has the balls of brass to fight this three-front war.

Go Newt!

Thank you for your wonderful blog.

AmPowerBlog said...

Gee, thanks Dave.

Those are really nice comments.

Newt's a good man. He's not my first pick, but lately he's been coming on strong and I'm impressed with those debates. Mostly, though, I'm always bummed with this phase of the campaign because Republicans attack each other. So, whoever emerges out of the primaries and wins the nomination, I'll be supporting like crazy.

Thanks for your support.

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