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Santorum tops Romney in latest nationwide poll

By AFP
February 20, 2012

(AFP Photo/Bill Pugliano)

White House hopeful Rick Santorum has opened an eight-point lead over presumptive frontrunner Mitt Romney among likely Republican voters nationwide, a new poll showed Sunday.

Thirty-six percent of those surveyed said they supported the Christian conservative, while 28 percent said they preferred the former Massachusetts governor, according to the latest results from Gallup’s daily tracking poll.

Less than a week ago, Romney was leading Santorum, a former US senator from Pennsylvania, by two points, putting the two candidates in a statistical tie.

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich trails the two leaders with 13 percent, while veteran libertarian Texas congressman Ron Paul was not far behind with 11 percent, the poll showed.

Santorum — who surprised Romney with wins in nominating contests earlier this month in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado — is now trying to maintain his momentum for the February 28 primary in Michigan, Romney’s home turf.

The Gallup poll was conducted from Tuesday through Saturday among about 1,200 likely Republican voters. The margin of error is plus or minus four percentage points.

In late August the Republicans will confirm their candidate to face Democrat Barack Obama in the November 6 presidential election.

(c) AFP 2012

14 Responses to Santorum tops Romney in latest nationwide poll

  1. Sandy Price

    February 20, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Americans want Christian leadership! The churches have not done their job of trying to get their members to think for themselves in the ways of Jesus Christ. Threatening hell and damnation instead of character development has killed American values.

    Few even consider the consequences of a full blown Catholic White House and maybe the only way to see this loss is to elect a man like Rick Santorum.

    He is running on a full control of all aspects of American development. The schools will be engulfed in Catholic doctrine and our birth rate will triple with students who have no future in business development. One in four births will bring damaged fetuses into the home.

    Let it happen. We no longer have a need for equal rights as we will be labelled and categorized by the same religious influence as seen in Europe in the 15th Century. A man who talks to God is just what American needs at this time; a man who will dedicate the rest of his life to destroy Islam.

    Islam outnumbers the Catholics and even the Christians on this planet so kiss you children goodbye when they are dragged out to kill the Muslims even in your neighborhood. Romney is not the answer since he gave up on individual freedoms.

    Give the stupid Christians what they want and then look back and see how the voters should have acted. It will take more than whining to save what is left of our values. They stay with the individual not with any church authority who demands wars and over breeding.

  2. Almandine

    February 20, 2012 at 2:38 pm

  3. J. Cole

    February 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    “Americans want Christian leadership! ”

    — the hell they do….

    a small minority of a party that has marginalized itself (Repubs) down to a minority has this fixation on this stuff .. a minority of a minority.

    the majority of the country wants a competent executive, not some angry narrowminded theocratic bully (Mr. Sanctimonium aka Mr. FrothyMix – Google “Santorum” ) who is a hypocritical parrot spewing bile about getting govt. out of our lives while at the same time trying to impose his own religious views on everyone else.

    hardly the mark of tolerance and the freedoms on which America was founded.

    • larry

      February 20, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      Well said.

      Enough of this bs christian leadership. These religious folks bring zero to the table.

      As far a reaching americans – it’s a small %. The majority wants competence.

    • Sandy Price

      February 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Al, did he get fired? I’ve read all his books and like the man.

    • woody188

      February 20, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      BEST 4.27 MINUTES ON TV SINCE VIETNAM FOOTAGE.

  4. Keith

    February 20, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    There once was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled.

    This time was called the Dark Ages.

    And Rick Santorum want’s to take us all back there.

  5. Sandy Price

    February 20, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Keith, in my world of the GOP they have waiting for a dozen years for the chance at bringing the American government under Christian Rule. How can we stop this? The fact that Santorum is gaining is terrifying. I had company here and we all headed down to the boulevard for breakfast. The subject as how to get the GOP to back down on this ridiculous religious force? We had people in the next booth entering the dialog with the same question. I live in a heavily Jewish neighborhood and they are frantic. Is there a backlash? There are a lot of gays in this city and they are scared to death of a Christian leadership.

    How is this possible in 2012?

    • woody188

      February 21, 2012 at 12:06 am

      I know I was not asked, but I have to say, when civilization turns on you, you have to stop being civil. Part of our problem is we are being too polite.

    • Keith

      February 21, 2012 at 1:37 am

      Sandy,

      If the Republicans actually nominate Santorum, it may well spell the end of the Republican party as we know it. That is because he doesn’t have a snail’s chance in hell of ever getting elected.

      Indeed, what may emerge of what’s then left of the Republicans (after Obama is re-elected) will be a small, right wing, minority party made up solely of “holy rollers” and “Bible thumpers” but few others.

      And that could very well allow another (perhaps as yet undefined) majority party of socially liberal, but yet fiscally conservative voters to rise up in its place.

      Remember, it hasn`t always been the Republicans against the Democrats in our county. While the Democrats have been around for most of our history, the Republicans only came to power with Lincoln.

      I have long advocated a need to break up the stranglehold the Republicrats now have on our nation.

      And the nomination by the Republicans of a “Bible thumper” like Santorum just might spell the beginning of the end of that duopoly.

    • Alex

      February 21, 2012 at 7:37 am

      Obama will destroy Santorum in a general election.

  6. Almandine

    February 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm

  7. Dean

    February 22, 2012 at 8:39 am

    “Santorum tops Romney”? Santorum seems more like a bottom to me.