Newt wins So. Carolina but is widely disliked


Based on exit poll data, ABC News is projecting Newt Gingrich the winner in today’s South Carolina primary. Mitt Romney is a distant second, Rick Santorum will place third, and Ron Paul fourth.
Gingrich’s win is all the more impressive because he had trailed Romney by double digits just days ago. But that changed quickly after Gingrich’s fiery performance in Thursday’s night debate.
But Gingrich and his supporters should be mindful that what he won is a GOP state primary. There are sobering polling data that point to Newt being widely disliked by the larger American populace.
In an article for the Washington Examiner‘s Beltway Confidential, Jan. 20, 2012, titled “America hates Newt Gingrich,” Conn Carroll writes:

“Unlike Mitt Romney, who occasionally beats President Obama in general election poll match ups, Newt Gingrich trails far behind President Obama in every survey. But just how bad are Gingrich’s unfavorable among the general public compared to Obama and Romney?

Not every poll releases their full results, so here are the most recent favorability results I could find for Obama, Romney, and Newt.

Fox News, 1/12-1/14:
Obama, fav/unfav, 51%/46%, +5
Romney, fav/unfav, 45%/38%, +7
Gingrich, fav/unfav, 27%/56%, -29

CBS/NYT, 1/12-1/17:
Obama, fav/unfav, 38%/45%, -7
Romney, fav/unfav, 21%/35%, -14
Gingrich, fav/unfav, 17%/49%, -32

PPP, 1/13-1/17:
Obama, app/dis, 47%/50%, -3
Romney, fav/unfav, 35%/53%, -18
Gingrich, fav/unfav, 26%/60%, -34

America does not love Romney, but boy do they hate Newt.”

Political pollsters and analysts have long observed that an important factor on which U.S. presidential elections hinge is the likeability factor: Americans have to like a presidential candidate to vote for him or her.
As Lowman Henry put it, writing in March 2007:

“We like to think Presidential campaigns are fought over issues, but in the final analysis the deciding factor is often the personality of the candidate. Voters have a basic need to feel comfortable with their President therefore the likeability factor of the candidates often trumps other considerations.
Ronald Reagan had the highest likeability factor of any recent President, and in some quarters the same can be said for Bill Clinton. Both attracted votes from people who disagreed with their policies — sometimes strongly — but who simply felt more at ease with them personally.”

Given that, I am curious what’s the main reason why some FOTM readers support Newt Gingrich. Is it his debating skills? His intellect? His repentance and conversion to Catholicism? His personality?
~Eowyn

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Says much about Romney… Newt may be disliked, but he’s got the… um… “stones”… that Mitt doesn’t and that’s what mattered.

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People are greedy and like the free handouts… welfare, bailouts, etc.

DCG
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Not a fan of Newt’s….but give him credit for coming out swinging at debate the other night. That kind of stuff I like.
Obama’s charsima? Gag….

DCG
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Just got email from /Newt campaign…he references himself as a “Reagan conservative”. lol

genomega
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Guess who the msm is backing. Of course the 150 million now on the Govt dole dislike newt.

Alice Wolf
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Well back to the light at the end of the tunnel. Orly Taitz was ruled in favor of by Judge Malawai or whatever his name is, so the sopeona for all Barack’s docs. is still on. None of these candidates are saying anything about the violations of the constitution made by Barack Obama, they are all running scared of the “racist” issue, and that’s the least of our problems. The Chiefs of Staff of the military, Leon Panetta and Sec. Clinton are all against a strike against Iran, and the battleships et al apparently have been pulled back to a… Read more »

Dave
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Dave

Perhaps a brokered convention wouldn’t be such a bad thing, afterall.
-Dave

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BritCapitalist

I expect some FOTM readers see Newt as the only viable candidate with the courage, passion, experience and wherewithal to reverse the Soros plan for Amerika (in addition to his many other qualities that you have mentioned). The South Carolinian voters were smart enough to make him their overwhelming choice today. By the way, what about the last misleading Rasmussen poll you seemed to think should not be questioned? Look for leftist manipulation in all polls; if we are all to be so quickly and easily manipulated by the leftist media (and thank God the Carolinians were too strong for… Read more »

blogsense-by-barb
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If he is so confrontational, why didn’t he stand up to the left when he was Speaker? Why did he so easily surrender to the liberal agenda? Only last month, he called himself a Wilsonian Republican – That is NOT Conservative! His favorite President is … FDR, for pete’s sake! With all his skeletons, is he really electable? Romney is just too bland – no passion for anything … ? Not a fighter! Process of elimination – that leaves Santorum & Paul … Neither is perfect, but Santorum is a clear choice AND he is a passionate fighter for the… Read more »

BT
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“What is it about o… that he has so many supporters?” The fact that he has promised them the moon [okay, just new kitchens], that the democrat party has long been one of promising more and more “entitlements” [a promise they make good on], that he is black [half!] so he gets the “white guilt” vote along with the black vote… Oh, and VOTER FRAUD! Mostly voter fraud. It is how democrats win elections. All, just my opinion…

Dennis H. Bennett
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Dennis H. Bennett

I think its because he caters to every special interest/group there is. If its not the Indians having been treated shoddily, then its then its the ————————-, you fill in the group. Most are benefit-dependent and, hence, the “beholding” masses. And, secondly, by his charisma. His “masses” want to have political intercourse with him, even if it only lasts for 10 seconds. in other words, he’s a continual one night stand, and nothing more. You have to admit that he has adulterated our Republic on nearly a weekly basis. if Gingrich is intentionally using charisma the same way as “O”,… Read more »

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June McWilliam

I think he appeals to some because of his anger and how he vents. He is a master of one liners, and yes, he probably is the best debater amongst them. However, I and others I know who are Independents, will not vote for Obama, but some will either not vote for Newt (if he wins the nomination), or some will have to hold our noses to pull the lever for him. While discussing Newt, the feelings are the same – we don’t trust him, he’s a phony and it would be preferable to have a “moral” family in the… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I’m tired of the Left Wing Liberal Media giving Obama a Free Pass on things like the fast growing National Debt, Solyndra, Fast and Furious, Voter Intimidation in Philly, the way he SUES states that tackle ILLEGAL Immigration, the jobs we lost because of his Keystone Pipeline decision, etc etc etc.
ANNOY the Left Wing Liberal Media by voting for Newt Gingrich.
NEWT 2012!!!

Dennis H. Bennett
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Dennis H. Bennett

At least someone agrees with me about Marianne! A blow is right on!!