Poll: Ron Paul surges to second place nationally

Posted: February 7, 2012 in Washington Politics

The Daily Caller
February 7, 2012

A surprising national poll released Tuesday found Texas Rep. Ron Paul surging to second place in the GOP presidential field, coming within eight percentage points of front-runner Mitt Romney.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll results show Paul at 21 percent nationally, with Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, at 29 percent.

Gingrich scored 19 percent support in the poll, conducted Feb. 2–6, while former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum took 18 percent.

Although national polls are largely insignificant in a primary season where individual states are of crucial importance, they do indicate trends in voter preferences.

Reuters/Ipsos found that despite big wins by Romney in Florida and Nevada, his popularity actually declined since early January. Meanwhile, Paul’s support grew by five percent.

Romney “still hasn’t really convinced all the Republicans across the country that he’s the guy to get behind,” said Ipsos research director Chris Jackson in a statement.

Gingrich’s support slightly slipped, while Santorum’s support also grew by five percentage points since early January.

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