Poll: Gingrich surges to 17 point lead over Romney among Republicans

Wow. The GOP voters really don’t like Mitt very much at all. NBC News/WSJ:

The survey shows Mr. Gingrich backed by 40% of Republican voters, compared to 23% for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. That represents a tripling of Mr. Gingrich’s support from the NBC/WSJ poll last month, fueled in part by the departure from the race of business executive Herman Cain after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul stood in third place with 9%, to 8% for Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and 6% for Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum drew 5% and 3%, respectively.

Mr. Gingrich draws his strongest support from self-described conservatives and supporters of the Tea Party movement. Some 70% of Republican voters call themselves conservative, and 57% see the former Speaker that way, too. Just 29% of Republicans consider Mr. Romney conservative, the poll shows.

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