Republicans Romney, Gingrich tied - poll

2011-12-20 20:50

Washington - Republican US presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are in a dead heat in the race for the nomination, a national poll showed on Tuesday, two weeks before Iowans kick off the 2012 election cycle.

A Washington Post/ABC survey said the two White House hopefuls were favoured by 30% of Republican voters and Republican-leaning independents, with Congressman Ron Paul in third spot, taking 15% of the vote.

No other Republican candidate scored double figures in the poll, which also gave US President Barack Obama his best rating since March - other than a short spike in appeal after the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Although national polls are considered a reasonable barometer of US voting intentions they are not reliable in predicting the outcome of a presidential race because the American election is a state-by-state affair.

A win in the Iowa caucuses on January 3 will give one of the Republican hopefuls a huge boost going into the New Hampshire primary on January 10, which is swiftly followed by a vote in South Carolina on January 21.


The most influential newspaper in the critical state of Iowa endorsed Romney for the Republican nomination at the weekend, praising his "sobriety, wisdom and judgment", to take on Obama in the November 2012 national vote.

The Washington Post/ABC poll said that although most Americans disapprove of Obama's handling of the economy, the number who disagreed with his overall performance had fallen below 50%.

A separate CNN/Opinion research national poll on Monday also had Romney and Gingrich deadlocked at 28% support among Republicans, with Paul (14%) again in third place.

Gingrich, written off a few months ago, surged at the end of November to seize the frontrunner's mantle from former Massachusetts governor Romney but then fell back under an onslaught of attacks from his rivals.

A new series of polls has seen Gingrich's stock ebb sharply in Iowa.

  • Reason - 2011-12-20 21:08

    Ron Paul is crushing Gingrich at 14% and well ahead of Romney who is at 20. He is WINNING in Iowa. This article is clearly biased in posing as an educational article on the elections but leaving out the biggest news that is relevant. Ron Paul is winning!

      Ampers - 2011-12-21 00:34

      Agreed, below I am looking at the bigger picture. If he takes Iowa, then the press will have to sit up and take notice. Have you notice that, since Fox news cut him off at the previous election and his fans made such a stink afterwards, that Fox News is now covering him a bit more.

  • Ampers - 2011-12-21 00:31

    I'd like to see Ron Paul get it, but it won't matter too much as long as he comes second or third. If he is in the top three, an effort will have to be made towards smaller Government. It is just a shame that this will have to be his last run at the title as he is getting too old to come back in five years to run for President. Now if he won, and subsequently became President, and did what he has promised to do, it would send shock wavers throughout the Western World. And might even affect politicians over here. But, alas, it won't happen. I would guess he will come third or fourth.

      anthony.weineck - 2011-12-21 08:25

      I'm not quite sure you understand how American politics work. You think that if he is in the top three an effort will have to be made towards smaller government, but I have no idea why you would come to this conclusion. This is only the Republican primaries. If he comes third across the country he doesn't get some kind of consolation prize, he gets nothing. Even if he comes second, he gets no influence. He has to win the primaries, and then beat one of the smoothest orators of the last century while sporting an unworkable political agenda. Also, presidential terms are 4 - not 5 - years. That's SA you're thinking of.

  • Graziella - 2011-12-21 12:04

    People like Ron Paul have always got a bullet between their eyes because their ideas are too tjatjarag...Do any of you serioulsy think that the US voter has a say on who becomes US president.

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