Fox News National GOP poll: Rick Santorum now in second place ahead of Newt Gingrich behind Romney

rick-santorumA recent Reuters national GOP poll showed Rick Santorum surging in the national polls, but Ron Paul in second place behind Mitt Romney. Of course, that poll was conducted before this past Tuesday’s hat trick by Rick Santorum winning the Colorado and Missouri caucuses and Missouri primary. Now, in the latest Fox News national GOP poll, Rick Santorum has surged to second place behind Mittens and ahead of Newt Gingrich. The poll was conducted over four nights this week, Monday through Thursday and the results are very telling.

In interviews conducted on Monday and Tuesday nights — immediately before the news of his victories — Santorum received the backing of 17 percent of GOP primary voters. That was well behind Romney (35 percent) and Newt Gingrich (26 percent), and slightly ahead of Ron Paul (14 percent).
In interviews conducted on Wednesday and Thursday nights — after his wins — Santorum’s support nearly doubled, which put him tied at the top with Romney for those two days at 30 percent. That’s an increase of 13 percentage points. Over the last two nights, Romney also received 30 percent, a drop of 5 points. Gingrich came in at 16 percent, down 10 points. Paul’s support held steady at 15 percent.
Looking at the results from all four nights of this week’s interviewing, Romney retains his frontrunner spot with 33 percent, followed by Santorum at 23 percent, Gingrich at 22 percent and Paul at 15 percent.

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