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Poll: Romney Way Up, Gingrich Way Down, Obama Holding Steady Poll: Romney Way Up, Gingrich Way Down, Obama Holding Steady

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Poll: Romney Way Up, Gingrich Way Down, Obama Holding Steady

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June 16, 2011

A new poll from The Wall Street Journal and NBC News shows good news for Mitt Romney, troubling news for the Republican Party, and terrible news for Newt Gingrich.

The poll found that former Massachusetts Gov. Romney has created a large lead for himself in the GOP field, but that Republican attacks have yet to land a serious blow to President Obama. It also twists the knife into the struggling campaign of former House Speaker Gingrich, indicating that only 32 percent of his party views him positively (down from 50 percent in April).

For Romney, the poll is further proof of his front-runner status. Thirty percent of voters likely to vote in the Republican primary said they would back Romney, up from 21 percent last month. The next closest contender is former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, with 14 percent of the vote.

 

Still, among all poll respondents, 45 percent said they would probably vote to reelect Obama, compared with just 40 percent who said they would pick a Republican.

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