Ron Paul New Front Runner in Iowa, Gingrich plunges

A New PPP poll has Ron Paul leading in Iowa.  Gingrich who was ahead by double digits has dropped significantly due to heavy attacks from Republican opposition and super PAC ads.

A new survey of likely Iowa Republican caucus voters shows Ron Paul has overtaken Newt Gingrich and now leads the pack of GOP presidential hopefuls here.

A new Public Policy Polling survey has the Texas congressman garnering 23 percent of the vote. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney followed with 20 percent, and Gingrich is third at 14 percent.

The Public Policy survey, which was conducted Friday through Sunday, tracks weekly changes in candidate support.

Paul registered a 2 percentage point gain over the past week and Romney’s share is up 4 points, according to the survey.

Meanwhile, support for former U.S. House Speaker Gingrich, the previous Iowa front-runner, dropped for the second consecutive week, down 14 points from his 27 percent showing two weeks ago and another 8 points since the last poll.

via Survey: Paul captures lead in Iowa, Gingrich sinks | Iowa Caucuses.

Paul takes lead as Gingrich collapses in Iowa – Public Policy Polling

PPP surveyed 597 likely Republican caucus voters from December 16th to 18th. The margin of error for the survey is +/-4.0%.  This poll was not paid for or authorized by any campaign or political organization. PPP surveys are conducted through automated telephone interviews. PPP is a Democratic polling company, but polling expert Nate Silver of the New York Times found that its surveys in 2010 actually exhibited a slight bias toward Republican candidates.

Topline results are below.  Full results, including crosstabs, can be found here.

Q1 Do you plan to vote in the Republican caucus
or the Democratic caucus, or are you not sure?
Republican caucus…………………………………..100%
Democratic caucus ………………………………….. 0%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 0%

Q2 If the Republican candidates for President
were Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Jon
Huntsman, Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, Rick
Perry, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum, who
would you vote for?
Michele Bachmann ………………………………….. 10%
Newt Gingrich …………………………………………. 14%
Jon Huntsman…………………………………………. 4%
Gary Johnson …………………………………………. 2%
Ron Paul ………………………………………………… 23%
Rick Perry ………………………………………………. 10%
Mitt Romney……………………………………………. 20%
Rick Santorum………………………………………… 10%
Someone else/Not sure ……………………………. 7%

via Paul takes lead as Gingrich collapses in Iowa – Public Policy Polling.

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