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Presidential Poll: Has Ron Paul Hit His Ceiling?

St. Charles County Patch sites are polling readers on a weekly basis to gauge their interest in the election, its candidates and what issues are most important to them.

As the final four GOP nominees prepare for this week's debate in Arizona, it's still anyone's guess as to who the eventual candidate will be.

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum appear to be swapping places. Newt Gingrich has been relatively quiet. And one report from CNN says Ron Paul may have hit his ceiling.

From CNN:

All four Republican presidential hopefuls have jointly suffered from an increasing Republican anxiety about the field.

The latest CNN/ORC poll, conducted a week ago, shows 55 (percent) of Republicans are satisfied with their presidential candidates, down 11 points from October 2011.

Arizona's debate matters.

It could be an oasis for Gingrich's regularly in-debt campaign, providing an audience of millions for the price of a plane flight and a hotel room. Debates are usually terra firma for Gingrich, who has an instinct for the jugular and a way of channeling the anger and frustration of the Republican right. His assaults on the media and on President Barack Obama have regularly drawn sustained applause and sometimes standing O's from debate audiences.

The race for the GOP candidacy has been up and down to say the least. A Gallup's daily tracking poll on the Republican presidential race, according to the Huffington Post, showed former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) moving ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by eight percentage points (36 to 28 percent) nationwide. Santorum has gained 20 points in 12 days.

From the report:

Thirteen days earlier, on February 7, Romney led with 37 percent in Gallup's tracking poll, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (21 percent) and Santorum (17 percent).

On January 27, Gingrich led Romney, 32 to 26 percent.

Twelve days before that, on January 15, Romney led Gingrich, 37 to 14 percent.

And that's just the last two months. Gallup reports that the lead switched seven times more in 2011.

Why the volatility? Take a look at our quick take via video, drawing on this earlier Huffington Post report.

Up next are GOP primaries in Michigan and Arizona on Feb. 28. South Carolina is also set to hold its Democratic primary that day, too. The trifecta of primaries, depending on who wins, could cloud the nominee picture even more than it already is.

St. Charles County Patch sites are now polling readers to gauge their interest in the election, its candidates and what issues are most important to them. This poll will be published each week until the end of the election season.

We hope these numbers will provide insight into how attitudes and ideologies shifted throughout what seems sure to be a cutthroat political atmosphere.

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Stephen Schweter February 21, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Hello WE have to do all we can for the good Dr.Ron Paul. I am hitting the college kids in my area with election registration forms to give to whoever will register in the repubilican party so they may vote in the primary for Dr.Ron Paul. All work all places where prople gather. I do precent ,I do phone banking and the cll from home program. We have to work harder to make this happen. I also work to gather info which could help the good DR.Ron Paul. I post stuff to my face book wall. I got 900 Super brochures,and if I get a person interested I give them 1 and I tell them for further info go to my face book wall. Since I walk every day I check in on people whom I already spoke with to see How they are coming along for the cause. Peace Stephen Schweter we can do it if the machines are not fixed by Mittens to work in his favor Mittens math is trickey with lost ballets,lights going out when ballets are collected and whatever trick they can think of. I think they got the ladies of the evening when it comes to turning tricks. Peace Stephen Schweter
RiderWriter February 22, 2012 at 04:11 PM
As others have noted, this is a ridiculous article. You do not put a headline on a piece and then fail to include ANY information supporting it, other than to repeat it!!! CNN "said something?" My, how informative and credible. Not even a link provided where one might actually learn what it is they DID say or how they arrived at the conclusion! I am extremely disappointed that our local Patch felt the need to jump on the mainstream media's bandwagon. Their coverage is geared towards flat-out ignoring Dr. Paul or finding every opportunity to dismiss or belittle him. In the future, please give ALL the candidates equal, FAIR and unbiased coverage, which is what I expect from journalists!
Tamara Duncan February 22, 2012 at 05:02 PM
The link to the CNN article that mentions that Ron Paul may have hit his ceiling is there, but you're right, it's hard to see. We'll change it so that it's easier to recognize the link, which is in blue.
Cary February 22, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Ron Paul supporters: Find the facebook page, "Saint Charles County for Ron Paul 2012" and join the group. Don't listen to the media - It's all about delegates. Ron Paul can get the most delegates and win. It's do-able, but we need your help. http://www.facebook.com/groups/stcharles4ronpaul/236173496476620/?notif_t=group_activity
Geeza February 22, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Everyone is now using this lame tactic. Write an article. Stick 'Ron Paul' somewhere in the title, and watch the clicks come in to an article that otherwise would hardly be noticed. The media bias against Ron Paul is blatantly obvious. The vets parade in Washington hardly gets a mention in the MSM. Dr Paul mentions Judge Napolitano as a potential running mate and nobody on the Fox network even mentions it casually in passing when the Judge himself is brought on as a pundit. I could just imagine if Santorum had name dropped Hannity as his potential VP. The network would have been salivating all over the news. If the MSM thinks that they are discouraging people like me from voting for Dr Paul they are sadly mistaken. Dr Paul could come last in every single remaining poll from now on and I will continue to support him with my votes and my money.

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