Poll: Santorum Tied for First, Best-Liked Candidate in Iowa

Poll: Santorum Tied for First, Best-Liked Candidate in Iowa

Poll: Santorum Tied for First, Best-Liked Candidate in Iowa

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Jan. 2 2012 9:27 AM

Poll: Santorum Tied for First, Best-Liked Candidate in Iowa

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- It's not like we were doubting the Santorum surge, but Public Policy Polling has chirped up with more free proof. The toplines:

Ron Paul - 20% (-4)
Mitt Romney - 19% (-1)
Rick Santorum - 18% (+8)
Newt Gingrich - 14% (+1)
Rick Perry - 10% (+0)
Michele Bachmann - 8% (-3)
Jon Huntsman - 4% (+0)
Buddy Roemer - 2% (+0)
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Ron Paul's favorable rating is down, which I read as a combination of two things -- criticism of his foreign policy, and voter agita about Kent Sorenson's switch from Team Bachmann to Team Paul. She spent a day whining and accusing Paul of offering a kickback (yes, why else would someone leap off the Titanic?), and both candidates got dinged. Meanwhile, Santorum's favorable rating has spiked up to 60 percent; he's easily the best-liked candidate in the race. Shows what staying obscure and unhurt by attacks for an entire year will do you.

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.