Gallup: Gingrich Holds Slight Edge Over GOP Field

Gallup: Gingrich Holds Slight Edge Over GOP Field

By Caitlin Huey-Burns - November 21, 2011

Newt Gingrich slightly edges Mitt Romney for the national lead in the GOP presidential race, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday.

The former House speaker attracts 22 percent of the support from registered Republican voters, compared to Romney's 21 percent. Businessman Herman Cain places third with 16 percent. Rep. Ron Paul picks up 9 percent while his fellow Texan, Gov. Rick Perry, garners 8 percent. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann gets 4 percent, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and ex-Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman sit at the bottom of the pack with 1 percent of the support. Notably, 18 percent of Republican voters remain undecided.

Gingrich holds a narrow lead among conservative voters, attracting 23 percent of the support from this group while Romney takes 20 percent and Cain gets 18 percent. Romney leads among moderates and liberals, grabbing 20 percent. Gingrich and Cain tie at 12 percent among this group.

Gingrich takes 34 percent of the vote among those 65 or older. Romney gets 28 percent, and the rest of the candidates poll in single digits with this group. Cain and Paul take the bulk of young voters, each attracting 19 percent among this segment. Cain leads among 30- to 49-year-olds, while Gingrich leads among those 50-64 years of age.

The poll surveyed 1,062 Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, including 946 registered voters, from Nov. 13-17. The margin of error is plus or minus four percentage points. The sampling error for registered Republicans is also plus or minus four percentage points.

Caitlin Huey-Burns is a congressional reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @CHueyBurnsRCP.

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