Poll: Romney Has Biggest Lead to Date

Jan 12, 2012 3:40pm
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For the last few months, Mitt Romney’s foes have painted the former Massachusetts governor as the “25% man”: a frontrunner who just couldn’t attract more than 25% of the GOP vote, even as his opponents have risen (and fallen) spectacularly.

The latest Gallup tracking poll, however, finds Romney breaking that 25% ceiling. He’s also the only candidate trending upward; all the other GOP candidates are either slipping down or staying flat.

In tracking taken from Jan. 7 to Jan. 11 (most calls were done before his New Hampshire win), Romney is now taking 34% of the GOP vote — a 10-point increase since the end of December.

Rick Santorum is at 15% (a three-point drop from his high of 18% post-Iowa).

Gingrich is at 14% (a 23-point drop from his high of 37% in early December).

Paul is at 13%. He’s held steady at 12% to13% since mid-December. His top-three finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire have not given him any sort of a boost.

ABC’s Pollster Gary Langer argues that 25 percent has been a bit oversold. Romney has received 30 percent twice in ABC/Post polls — first in July, again last month.

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