Polls: Gingrich Surging in S.C.

The former House Speaker has moved from fifth to second in three weeks.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, whose campaign was left for dead months ago by many, is surging in South Carolina.

Gingrich has filled the void created by failing support of Rep. Michele Bachmann, Gov. Rick Perry and former Gov. Mitt Romney to take the No. 2 spot in a new poll out Friday from Insider Advantage. Businessman Herman Cain, despite allegations of sexual harrassment, still leads S.C. polling with 26 percent.

Gingrich has risen to 19 percent support, according to the poll, while Romney fell to third at 16 percent.

The poll, conducted Tuesday of 457 likely Republican voters across the state, continues a big month for Gingrich. And comes out just as the field visits South Carolina to take part in the first nationally televised debate of the season, live from Wofford College in Spartanburg at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The former House Speaker was fifth, with single-digit support, in a CNN/Time poll conducted the third week of October. A Rasmussen Reports poll in the first week of November showed Gingrich at 15 percent support, and in third place behind Cain and Romney. Now, he's moved into second, with Cain's lead tenuous as the he-said, she-saids continue to fly.

The move comes as little surprise to influential conservatives across South Carolina. In this week's Huffington Post/ Patch Power Outsiders poll, Republicans across the four early nominating states said they agree with Gingrich on many of the issues.

The HuffPo/Patch polling results were even stronger for Gingrich in South Carolina, where conservatives said they felt like Gingrich best represented what they wanted in leadership and experience and in issues including taxes, healthcare, immigration and foreign policy.

Romney and Gingrich tied for the top support on dealing with the economy. Only in abortion did South Carolina influential conservatives say he did not represent their views.

Gingrich has recently boosted his South Carolina effort, adding staffers and planning Saturday's opening of his state headquarters in Greenville. Romney, meanwhile, has made few stops in the state and has no office.

SDR November 11, 2011 at 08:40 PM
Gingrich is someone the Democrats can work with. He, too, believes there is a governmental solution to every problem,,,,particularly the problems that government solutions created.
Len Hathaway November 11, 2011 at 09:36 PM
Gingrich will never win another election of any kind. All a person has to remember is that Gingrich served his termanally ill wife (cancer) with divorce papers while she was in the hospital. Also, he was charged with over 80 ethics violations and was so arrogant upon leaving the Congress till he said "I'm willing to lead but I'm not willing to preside over people who are cannibals. My only fear would be that if I tried to stay, it would just overshadow whoever my successor is." Newt is a real "nutjob". He doesn't deserve to be Dog catcher.
Lupigon November 11, 2011 at 10:04 PM
Newt Gingrich campaign theme should be Peggy Lee's song "Is That All There Is"...If thats all there is my friends than lets keep dancing.
Cornell Davis November 12, 2011 at 02:21 AM
Newt Gingrich President? "Oh hell no." This idiot and his other idiots will destroy this country. There will only be two classes of people, the rich and the poor. Know in-between. This is the last person that we need to be in-charge of this country. This red-neck would destroy all of the entitlement programs that people depend on to live.
stanley seigler November 12, 2011 at 09:31 AM
",,,,particularly the problems that government solutions created" in 1929 and 2001-08..
Cheryll Woods-Flowers November 12, 2011 at 01:02 PM
I was not a Newt supporter early in the process, but I am now 100% behind Newt! Democreats, or "progressives" as they want to be called, are afraid of Newt. Enough said..
Kathy November 12, 2011 at 01:11 PM
If you listen to him in the debates, his answers are actually well thought out and comprehensive, as opposed to the now annoying "9-9-9". I liked Cain but am now leaning to Gingrich.
George Grace November 12, 2011 at 04:37 PM
"I liked Cain but am now leaning to Gingrich" Try listening to Barack Obama sometime. He's the only one putting concrete proposals on the table.
Tonto November 12, 2011 at 06:39 PM
gag me :( Nobama = No jobs, More corporations = More jobs :)
lewis wray November 12, 2011 at 06:45 PM
Gingrich wife never had cancer. She had a benign tumor removed. She lived AND she divorced HIM. You must be confusing Gingrich with Edwards.
Cornell Davis November 12, 2011 at 08:07 PM
The Democrats are afraid of Newt. Why would there be? Once Newt's record is exposured, he will be done. I am trying to figure out why people are backing any of these clowns. Each of there proposal's will increase the defict. There each want to get rid of departments that have been around for years. I guess once there get rid of social security, medicad and medicare you will be satisfield. These programs that people depend on to live. "When the republicans won the house in 2010, their said the people elected them to lead."There are going to lead us right over the cliff.
Cornell Davis November 12, 2011 at 08:13 PM
The only proposal's that the republicans are putting forward is to give the wealthy more tax cuts. Get rid of programs that people depend on to live. Blocking the president's proposal's, because there want to make him a one-term president. These people are nothing but devil's in satans army.
David Cluff November 12, 2011 at 08:15 PM
There is a reason why the candidates from the far right of the Republican party come and go. They can't stand up to the scrutiny. They wither under the light because they are flawed. Sadly, these candidates are supposed to reflect the best of the base that spawned them. Yet even the very people who pushed them into the race in the first place, cringe when they see their own candidates under the vetting spotlight of presidential politics. With his or her flaws exposed;odd quirks and personalities brought to light; the flickering frontrunner is tossed aside and another "great right hope" is pushed into the blinding light of legitimate contendor status. And each time, each one is proven to lack legitimacy. Since each flavor of the month challenger to Romney is a reflection of the radical base; what does that say about the base? Why can't they can't find any body they like for very long? Why is it so hard for these folks to find a candidate from their ranks that even they can bear to look at with the lights up for more than a few weeks? Time to look in your own mirrors folks. These "not Romney" candidates are indeed a reflection of you. Not pretty is it? And now whose next? Newt? Seriously? Well, I guess he's all you have left. (Left--how ironic.) Better hurry before that light gets too bright.
Cornell Davis November 12, 2011 at 08:16 PM
Keep thinking that. These republicans are going to run all over him and he is going to give them everything that there want. Mark my word!
stanley seigler November 12, 2011 at 08:41 PM
@Cornell Davis agree: GOPs have the sameold sameold policies that got our country into this mess...cut the 1%'s taxes; deregulate (ie, remove protections for we the people), ...how quickly they forget 1929 and 2008..oh/and JOB#1, make BO a one term pres. would love to hear one of their OTHER policies...OK the did make "in God we trust" our motto...and how many jobs did this action create... BTW "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little." Franklin D. Roosevelt
stanley seigler November 12, 2011 at 08:49 PM
@David Cluff re: Sadly, these candidates are supposed to reflect the best of the base that spawned them. it's sad they DO...reflect the best
Dr. John November 13, 2011 at 01:06 PM
Cornell and Stanley, Here is the most recent approval ratings of Pres. Obama's policies. http://www.gallup.com/poll/141836/issues-obama-finds-majority-approval-elusive.aspx As you can see, Obama has trouble getting a 50% majority opinion on almost all issues. Whether both of you think that his policies are working, the majority of the country does not think that way. The one thing I notice about our president the most is his failure to unify the country. This was one of his so-called strengths. Do either of you have any ideas why he is failing at this? I think he plays position politics. His thoughts are that if he can get enough people to hate the "rich" (people who make $360,000/year or more/ top 1%), to hate big oil, to hate wall street, to hate border security, to hate the banks that he can win. Cornell and Stanley, "the rich" pay the lions share of federal income tax. I have posted the IRS data that proves this, although I am sure that when it comes to taking other peoples money there is always never enough . Both of you should also know that "the programs people depend on" are going to be cut drastically by default if our budget/spending problems are not fixed. It is sad that not only our generation is living off of the money yet to be earned by our children but also the money of other countries. If you want to know what this looks like 5 years from now, look at Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain. This is what high taxes and increased govt spending will get you.
stanley seigler November 13, 2011 at 06:05 PM
@dr john re: if he [BO] can get enough people to hate etcetcetc... as mentioned ad nauseam: drjohn is entitled to his opine...regardless of how wrong it is...does he really believe BO wants to get people to hate any group... thank for the link to 2010, poll results...polls are snap shots of public opinion...so another more recent (may 2011) snap shot: "For Obama, Big Rise in Poll Numbers [may 2011]" http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/05/us/politics/05poll.html?_r=1 [CLIP] "The increase in Mr. Obama’s ratings came largely from Republicans and independents. Among independents, his approval rating increased 11 points from last month, to 52 percent, while among Republicans it rose 15 points, to 24 percent. Among Democrats, 86 percent supported his job performance, compared with 79 percent in April. " [end clip] snap shots should be considered...however the only poll that counts will be out in nov 2012. and the country, we the people, are beginning to understand GOP JOB#1 is NOT jobs, jobs, jobs...as evidenced by: "Ohio voters soundly defeat effort to curb unions"
stanley seigler November 13, 2011 at 07:10 PM
@dr john re: Obama has trouble getting a 50% majority opinion on almost all issues..." FYI stuff regan's approval in 1983 (about a year before he was reelected) was around 40%; ditto clinton one year before reelected...as is BO's one year before his REELECTION. OTOH "W" approval rating one year before reelection was about 50%...sad he did not live up to expectations...he left (2008) with an unusually low approval...around 22%. http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/info-presapp0605-31.html what do popularity polls prove? i dunno...perhaps; "who you gonna vote for" polls are helpful...which basically show BO and ROM in a statistical tie...and BO a few points ahead of the others. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/latest_polls/elections/
Dr. John November 14, 2011 at 01:06 AM
stanley, Here is the most recent data on issues from swing states http://www.gallup.com/poll/150599/GOP-Candidate-Beats-Obama-Swing-States-Jobs-Deficit.aspx here is how all presidents have polled in the 11th quarter of their presidency since Eisenhower in 1955, Obama is the second lowest only to Jimmy Carter... http://www.gallup.com/poll/150230/Obama-Job-Approval-Average-Slides-New-Low-11th-Quarter.aspx Stanley, Please note that I referenced issue voting, not overall disapprove/approve voting. There is a difference.
stanley seigler November 14, 2011 at 03:34 AM
@dr john we can quote polls from now til nov 2012...they are meaningless...the only poll that matters will be released on the wed after 2012 nov tue...my opine: BO will win by a land slide...he is on right side of history (the 99%) as was FDR after the hoover's 1929 depression. po folks (the 99%) do better under DEM administrations...rich folks (the 1%) do better under GOP administrations...
George Grace November 14, 2011 at 04:40 AM
BO will win by a land slide..." I agree. When only 25% of registered Repub's vote for Mitt (one poll), he hasn't got independents.
stanley seigler November 14, 2011 at 05:56 PM
@drjohn re: "Please note that I referenced issue voting, not overall disapprove/approve voting. There is a difference." agree, will consider positions and thanks for the information (links)...i dont agree with many of BO's positions...just agree with more of his than those of the GOPers...and; as a bleeding heart redneck will vote for our current president unless he is involved in penn state child abuse.


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