Florida Poll: Tea Party Supporters Like Rick Santorum Best


A poll showing Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney in a dead heat in Florida indicates that tea party sympathizers aren't necessarily locked in for the former House speaker.

The 2,567 likely primary voters questioned by the Dixie Strategies/First Coast News Public Opinion Survey supported Gingrich with 35.46 percent while Romney had 35.08 percent.

The poll also reported that 76 percent of its respondents had a "very positive" or "somewhat positive" view of the tea party.

Among voters who identify with the tea party movement, 31.3 percent had a "very positive" view of Romney and 56.9 percent had a "very positive" view of Gingrich.

But Rick Santorum racked up the biggest number, with 59.9 percent giving him a "very positive" rating. The former Pennsylvania senator finished a distant third in the overall poll, however, garnering only 9.38 percent.

The survey was conducted Jan. 23-25 and has a 1.93 percent margin of error.

Other surveys indicate Romney building a double-digit lead in the run-up to Tuesday's primary.

See full poll results here.

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carol moore
10:33PM JAN 28TH 2012
Rick Santorum held and fought for tea party principles before the tea party was in existance. He is the one true conservative in the race. He is the only contender that can beat Obama. He is trustworthy, honest,and had fought for a balanced budget amendment while in the congress. He will put our fiscal house in order and restore values to our country! I'm tea party and I pick Rick!
Shelly k beal
10:31PM JAN 28TH 2012
I totally agree on Rick Santorum For President because 1 Hes a Christian You people who are going to vote for Obama again? There people out there getting unployment checks not because their unemployed or hurt its because thier to dang lazy to get up and go to work. People getting food stamps get a life or some independence why dont you and I know not all black people are that way there plenty of white people out there who do the same exact thing So hippies, African americans, and democrates I dont want you pulling any of that raciest Crap on me. In schools now you cant say the name God somebody might get offended!
Ric
12:58PM JAN 28TH 2012
Ron Paul 's a pussy . Castro is laughing building up ground forces in G Guatemala Hugo Chavez supports Ron Paul
Liberty Woes
9:45PM JAN 28TH 2012
Yeah, the only pussy who didnt dodge the military! LMAO! Seriosuly all other quacks dodged "serving their country". Not to mention Santorum, Romeny and Newt reek of big government spending! Thier records speak for themselves...Damm I hate RINOS!
Ric
12:55PM JAN 28TH 2012
Lets roll with Rick
Liberty Woes
9:47PM JAN 28TH 2012
Oh Yea, Big Rick who calls a college education indocrination LMAO! Yet his religion is NOt indoctrination! Not to mention he has the biggest government spending record EVER! Might as well vote for Obummer....get lost liberal!
Merrill Bender
11:46AM JAN 28TH 2012
What are Romney's conservative credentials? What Conservative issues has he fought for? Or has he just been a manager / finance guy in business ? He hired others to manage and grow businesses- his group just financed them.
There are successful democratic businessman and successful republican businessman. Which has Romney been? He contributed to democrats and voted for Paul Tsongas. Romney only has won one election in a small democratic state. To win, he ran away from Reagan and Bush ideals. His one major accomplishment in office was Romney Care. His resume qualifies him to be a Democratic VP candidate not the Republican nominee for President in 2012. He is still this same guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama 4 years a go. Romney is not electable against Obama but he is perfect to replace Joe Biden as VP
Jim B.
11:10AM JAN 28TH 2012
Two words. Religious Right

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