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Newt Gingrich Tumbles In Iowa Polling, The Implosion Has Started

December 19, 2011

The same roller-coaster ride that several other Republican wannabes experienced this year is now taking place for Newt Gingrich in Iowa.  After his almost-lunatic-like comments about the judiciary this past week it is time for the implosion.  With his girth that might be a show all in and of itself.

Now to the news—and this is very heartening when it comes to removing Gingrich.  The concerted effort by the establishment wing of the GOP to remind everyone who Gingrich really is has been most impressive.  The results have allowed the last two weeks to take the wind out of the sails of Newt.  Oh, he still has verbal  ability to go for weeks, but the bloom has dimmed among the electorate.

Newt Gingrich’s campaign is rapidly imploding, and Ron Paul has now taken the lead in Iowa. He’s at 23% to 20% for Mitt Romney, 14% for Gingrich, 10% each for Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry, 4% for Jon Huntsman, and 2% for Gary Johnson.

Gingrich has now seen a big drop in his Iowa standing two weeks in a row. His share of the vote has gone from 27% to 22% to 14%. And there’s been a large drop in his personal favorability numbers as well from +31 (62/31) to +12 (52/40) to now -1 (46/47). Negative ads over the last few weeks have really chipped away at Gingrich’s image as being a strong conservative- now only 36% of voters believe that he has ‘strong principles,’ while 43% think he does not.

Paul’s ascendancy is a sign that perhaps campaigns do matter at least a little, in a year where there has been a lot of discussion about whether they still do in Iowa. 22% of voters think he’s run the best campaign in the state compared to only 8% for Gingrich and 5% for Romney. The only other candidate to hit double digits on that question is Bachmann at 19%. Paul also leads Romney 26-5 (with Gingrich at 13%) with the 22% of voters who say it’s ‘very important’ that a candidate spends a lot of time in Iowa. Finally Paul leads Romney 29-19 among the 26% of likely voters who have seen one of the candidates in person.

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