A ‘favorable’ view of Newt Gingrich’s national unpopularity



(MSNBC)
Q5 Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Newt Gingrich?
Favorable............................................... 57%
Unfavorable ........................................... 34%
Not sure ................................................. 10%

So, while the nation really dislikes Gingrich, Republican Party faithful love him. And this is key to Newt’s resurgence, particularly in Florida. Remember, according to the NBC News-Marist poll, 70 percent of likely Florida Republican primary voters identify as conservative, and 66 percent of likely Florida Republican primary voters think Romney is moderate or liberal (read not conservative). Gingrich can only hope conservatives in the Sunshine State and in future contests do for him what South Carolina did.

That Gingrich is on a roll has the Republican establishment apoplectic. Acknowledging the pulse-racing nature of Gingrich’s candidacy in the imaginations of many conservatives, Michael Gerson writes in The Post today, “But Republicans need to imagine just a little further — electing a president with no history of prudence.” Over at the Wall Street Journal, Bret Stephens was grim. “A primary ballot for Mr. Gingrich is a vote for an entertaining election,” he writes, “not a Republican in the White House.”

I have no problem with that.

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.

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