Newt Gingrich is the keynote speaker on the subject of the new federal health care law Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at a Georgia Chamber luncheon at the InterContinental Hotel in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photo/Jenni Girtman) (Jenni Girtman)

Poll confirms Gingrich tanking within the GOP

He has a favorability rating of just 38 percent within his own party



Justin Elliott
May 27, 2011 7:12PM (UTC)

This should arguably be counted as a good week for Newt Gingrich, seeing as one of the former speaker's gaffes or epic missteps did not dominate the news cycle like last week.

But a survey by Public Policy Polling released yesterday confirms what many suspected: Gingrich isn't even popular within his own party.

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The poll found 38 percent of Republicans view Gingrich favorably, while a whopping 45 percent view him unfavorably. (80 percent of Democrats view Gingrich unfavorably.)

Mitt Romney, hardly known for his Reagan-like charisma or popularity, at least gets a 50-32 favorability rating in the poll, while Sarah Palin comes in at 55-37.

Meanwhile, over at InTrade -- a site where people bet on election outcomes -- former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain has three times better odds than Gingrich to win the presidency, as noted by Tim Dickinson.

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How much longer can Gingrich take these sorts of demoralizing signs?


Justin Elliott

Justin Elliott is a reporter for ProPublica. You can follow him on Twitter @ElliottJustin

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