CBS NEWS POLLFor Release: Monday, January 9, 20126:30 pm (ET)Romney Leads and Santorum Surges into the Top Tier, But Voters Want More Choices
January 4-8, 2012
On the heels of his win in the Iowa caucuses last week, Mitt Romney leads in the racefor the Republican nomination in this national poll. Newt Gingrich is in second, and RickSantorum has leapt into the top tier and is now right behind Gingrich. Santorum’ssupport has increased by 11 points since last month.
The poll finds dissatisfaction with the field of Republican candidates: 58% of Republicanprimary voters want more choices, up from 46% last October. 37% are satisfied.
Despite his lead, just 27% would be enthusiastic about Mitt Romney as the Republicannominee. 33% say they would be enthusiastic about Santorum as the nominee, and29% say the same about Gingrich. 17% would not vote for Gingrich if he were thenominee, compared to just one in ten who say that about Romney or Santorum.In the race for the nomination nationally, 19% of Republican primary voters support MittRomney, followed by Newt Gingrich with 15%, and Rick Santorum right behind him with 14%.This is an increase of 11 points for Santorum since last month, but a 5 point decline forGingrich.
2012 Republican Nomination for President
(among Republican primary voters)Now 12/11 11/11 10/25 10/3 9/16Mitt Romney 19% 20% 15% 21% 17% 16%Newt Gingrich 15 20 15 10 8 7Rick Santorum 14 3 2 1 3 1Ron Paul 10 10 5 8 7 5Rick Perry 6 6 8 6 12 23Jon Huntsman 4 1 1 1 2 1Someone else 19 19 14 12 10 11Undecided/Don’t know 13 17 17 14 18 22When voters who chose someone else are asked to choose a candidate from the current field,the race remains similar: Romney leads with 24%, followed by Santorum and Gingrich, eachwith 18%.Nationally, the race for the nomination remains fluid, and most voters have not completelysettled on their candidate. Among Republican voters who pick a candidate, 71% say it’s tooearly to say whether their mind is made up. 28% say they’ve made up their minds.Moreover, a majority of Republican primary voters continue to say they have reservations abouttheir candidate choice, and only 20% strongly favors their candidate.