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Gingrich Leads GOP Field in Positive Intensity Score


For the first time in this election cycle, Newt Gingrich leads all the Republican presidential candidates in Gallup’s positive intensity rating, which is measured weekly by subtracting a candidate’s highly unfavorable numbers from a candidate’s highly favorable numbers.

Gingrich scored +20 and was followed by Herman Cain, with +14, and Mitt Romney, with +11.

According to Gallup’s Lydia Saad, “Gingrich’s position is remarkable for a candidate who five months ago saw his Positive Intensity Score collapse to the low single digits after beginning the campaign alongside Romney and Cain as the most well-liked candidates at the time.”

Saad also wrote that though “Gingrich now represents an entirely different kind candidate–one who can fully recover after almost completely collapsing halfway through the race,” he “still has a way to go to convert the warm feelings Republicans have for him into active support for the nomination.”

Saad likewise noted that Gingrich’s ascent and Cain’s descent “serves as a reminder that it may be premature to write off any of the Republican hopefuls whose positive intensity ratings have faded in recent months.” 

Gingrich’s positive intensity score is yet more proof of his momentum in a volatile election cycle. Gingrich leads the GOP field in a national CNN/Opinion Research poll that was released yesterday and leads in the crucial “first-in-the-South” primary state of South Carolina, according to a poll done by The Polling Company.