Two weeks before the Iowa caucuses, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are the clear national front-runners for the Republican presidential nomination. Romney has an edge on perceived electability and does better in a hypothetical general-election matchup against President Obama. Read related article.

SOURCE: This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone Dec. 15 to 18 among a random sample of 1,005 adults. The results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus3.5 percentage points for all adults and six points for the sample of 395 Republicans and GOP-leaning independents. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York | The Washington Post December 20, 2011
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