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.