Poll: Newt And Mitt In A Dead Heat in Florida


romney-gingrichWith only one week remaining before Republicans cast their vote in Florida’s Republican Primary, a new Florida Chamber of Commerce poll shows presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney in a dead heat race among Florida Republicans.

“Following the South Carolina primary, Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich arrive in Florida and begin the final week before Florida’s January 31 primary at a dead even heat – 33% each. Rick Santorum is in third place with 10% followed by Ron Paul with 6%,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “It’s clear that both candidates need to aggressively campaign for votes in Florida.”

The poll of 504 registered Republicans was conducted January 22-23, 2012 by Cherry Communications and has a 4.4% +/- margin of error with a 95% confidence level.

The same poll also revealed that Governor Scott’s job approval rating is rising among members of his party – an indication that his efforts to reduce Florida’s unemployment rate by 2.2% and create more than 141,000 new jobs since he took office are resonating among Floridians.

“Republicans give Governor Scott a favorability rating of 67% favorable to 18% unfavorable, yet when it comes to his job performance, he receives a 71% approval and 15% disapproval rating,” Johnson explained.

Survey Questions:

1.      If the 2012 Republican presidential Primary were held today, for whom would you vote:

Newt Gingrich             32.95%

Ron Paul                     6.15%

Mitt Romney               33.13%

Rick Santorum            10.32%

Other                           1.19%

Undecided                   12.90%

1.      After each name, please tell me whether you have heard of that person and if so, whether you have a very favorable, favorable, unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of them.

Rick Scott

Very Favorable                       10.71%

Favorable                                55.56%

Unfavorable                            13.49%

Very Unfavorable                   4.56%

No Opinion                              11.90%

Newt Gingrich

Very Favorable                       17.86%

Favorable                                42.26%

Unfavorable                            19.64%

Very Unfavorable                   7.54%

No Opinion                              9.72%

Mitt Romney

Very Favorable                       15.48%

Favorable                                49.60%

Unfavorable                            20.04%

Very Unfavorable                   2.18%

No Opinion                              10.71%

1.      Do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove or strongly disapprove of the job Rick Scott is doing as Governor?

Strongly Approve                    23.31%

Somewhat Approve                47.62%

Somewhat Disapprove           9.13%

Strongly Disapprove               6.35%

Unsure                                                12.30%

{Orlando Sentinel/Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Mitt ROMNEY will be the victor in Flordia in the end and go on to get the Nomination these polls mean NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. If there’s anything that I’ve learned this cycle, it’s that the polls a few days prior to the actual election DO mean something.