Poll: Gingrich 30 Points Ahead of Romney in Florida

by Katrina Trinko

Results from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling poll of Florida GOP primary voters: Newt Gingrich (47 percent), Mitt Romney (17 percent), Herman Cain (15 percent), Ron Paul (5 percent), Michele Bachmann (4 percent), Jon Huntsman (3 percent), Rick Perry (2 percent), and Rick Santorum (1 percent).

Further, Romney’s favorability in Florida is decreasing. When PPP polled in September, Romney had a 65 percent favorable rating and a 22 percent unfavorable rating. Now only 51 percent have a favorable view of him, while the number of those who have an unfavorable view is up to 36 percent. To me, this is curious: hate, love, or feel in-between about Romney, he’s widely considered the candidate whose background and positions are best known to GOP candidates. His campaign hasn’t had any dramatic changes in the past two months; he hasn’t made any quotes that have gone viral; and there’s been no scandals. Why then such a dramatic change in how he’s viewed? This poll might be one-time anomaly, but if it signals that Romney is not as well-vetted by voters as had been assumed — and that voters who are looking at his candidacy seriously for the first time are not liking what they see — that could signal trouble for his frontrunner status.