The very latest polls out of New Hampshire ahead of next week’s primary show that despite his frontrunner status, Mitt Romney’s support is sinking at a rate of two percentage points a day, whereas support for second placed Ron Paul has surged.
“Our daily tracking shows it all: Romney losing two points in the last 24 hours, while Ron Paul picked up four, bringing him closer to Romney than he’s been all week,” reports Boston’s 7 News, who conducted the poll in association with Suffolk University.
Romney remains the clear frontrunner with 41 per cent, while Paul has bolstered his second placed spot with 18 per cent and Santorum is in third with 8 per cent, having only increased his tally by 2 per cent despite virtually tying with Romney for first in Iowa.
There are still 17 per cent of likely Republican voters who remain undecided.
“So, for Romney, the trends are troubling: He can’t let his support continue to go down, while his two major opponents–Paul and Santorum–go up, but he may not be able to stop it,” states the report.
In a separate Zogby poll, Paul has drawn even closer to Romney on 24 per cent to Romney’s 38 per cent. Rick Santorum is in third with 11 per cent.
“On the heels of his close third place finish at the Iowa Caucus, Ron Paul is polling a strong second place in New Hampshire. From here on out, it is a two-man race between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney given that one of the tickets out of Iowa was a dead-end due to Rick Santorum’s glaring lack of viability,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.
As the New York Times’ Projection shows, support for Ron Paul has surged over the last few days before and after his third place finish in Iowa.
Paul has leapt from 14 per cent, to 18 per cent, to 24 per cent since January 2nd according to the three most recent polls taken consecutively. Given that ratio, Paul could push Romney a lot more closely than expected come the primary on January 10th.
Despite Paul’s massive surge, the establishment media is obsessing about Santorum’s comparatively minor 2 per cent rise, while ignoring Paul’s numbers altogether.