Paul Now Tops Iowa in Public Policy Poll

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
 Paul Now Tops Iowa in Public Policy Poll

As the campaign of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich continues diving in Iowa, Texas Representative Ron Paul has gained 23% and number one placement in the newest Public Policy Poll released Sunday evening. “Young people and non-Republicans are an unusual coalition to hang your hat on in Iowa, and it will be interesting to see if Paul can actually pull it off,” the PPP release stated.

Mitt Romney polled 20%, Gingrich 14%, and 10% each for Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry. Jon Huntsman has 4% and Gary Johnson 2%.

The PPP announcement stated: “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.”

Paul’s supporters have swamped cyber place postings with calls for a “landslide” after Paul took the poll lead.

Gingrich has lost nearly half of his poll support in two weeks. He peaked at 27%, then dropped to 22% and now to 14% in two weeks.  Dean Debman, president of Public Policy Polling, said, “Ron Paul has taken the lead but it will be interesting to see if he can turn out  his unique base base of voters for the caucus.” The survey of 597 likely Republican caucus voters  from Dec. 16 to 18th has a margin of error of plus/minus 4%.



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