Santorum leads in latest PPP national poll among GOP voters

Just in case you needed another reminder that rank and file Republicans really, really don’t like Mitt Romney. Per the latest PPP poll he’s at 38% to Romney’s 23%. Newt and Paul are at 17% and 13%.

More from PPP:

Part of the reason for Santorum’s surge is his own high level of popularity. 64% of voters see him favorably to only 22% with a negative one. But the other, and maybe more important, reason is that Republicans are significantly souring on both Romney and Gingrich. Romney’s favorability is barely above water at 44/43, representing a 23 point net decline from our December national poll when he was +24 (55/31). Gingrich has fallen even further. A 44% plurality of GOP voters now hold a negative opinion of him to only 42% with a positive one. That’s a 34 point drop from 2 months ago when he was at +32 (60/28).

Santorum is now completely dominating with several key segments of the electorate, especially the most right leaning parts of the party. With those describing themselves as ‘very conservative,’ he’s now winning a majority of voters at 53% to 20% for Gingrich and 15% for Romney. Santorum gets a majority with Tea Party voters as well at 51% to 24% for Gingrich and 12% for Romney. And with Evangelicals he falls just short of a majority with 45% to 21% for Gingrich and 18% for Romney.

If corporations are people, Mitt Romney is a corporation. He’s the personification of everything that’s gone wrong. Which is why both Gingrich and Santorum keep hitting him on his time at Bain. We’re hearing a lot of rhetoric about values but I think it comes down to the economy. And with unemployment falling it will be all but impossible for Romney to craft an effective narrative against Obama should he win the nomination.

Melissa Ryan
Melissa Ryan is a political consultant. She’s spent a decade leading digital campaigns for nonprofits and political races, including EMILY’s List, Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, the New Organizing Institute, and Senator Russ Feingold’s campaign. Visit her website at melissaryan.net or follow her on Twitter @MelissaRyan.

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