Gingrich leads Romney in S Carolina: Poll

2012-01-20 15:03
North Charleston - Republican White House hopeful Newt Gingrich has a six-point lead in South Carolina, a poll released on Thursday showed, with the state's primary less than 24 hours away.

Public Policy Polling (PPP) released the survey as Gingrich put in a strong performance in a debate with rivals aiming to secure the nomination needed to take on Democratic President Barack Obama in a November 6 election.

The survey put Gingrich (35%) clear of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (29%), with Texas congressman Ron Paul and former senator Rick Santorum tied for third on 15%.

"For the first time in our South Carolina tracking this month (Gingrich's) favourability is better than Romney's, with 53% of voters holding a positive opinion of him compared to 51% for his chief competitor," PPP added.

The survey said Gingrich's lead with evangelicals, a key group in the conservative southern state, "held steady today at 40-22 over Romney".

"He's also doing well with Tea Party voters (46-21), registered Republicans (38-30), voters describing themselves as very conservative (41-21), men (39-27), and voters in the Upstate (36-25)," PPP said of Gingrich.

Angry denial

The release of the poll followed the airing of an interview with Gingrich's former wife where she said that her ex-husband asked for an "open marriage" after carrying on a six-year affair with an aide.

"Revelations from the Marianne Gingrich interview haven't taken a toll on Newt's image yet," PPP said.

Gingrich angrily denied the marital allegations at the start of Thursday's debate and slammed the US media for airing the interview.

"Let me be quite clear. The story is false. Every personal friend I have who knew us in that period says the story was false," Gingrich said, raising his voice as he went on the attack.

Read more on:    newt gingrich  |  barack obama  |  us  |  us elections 2012

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.