Poll-itics: Newt crashes to near zero


Yeah, yeah, I know, it's a Zogby poll, but it's still fun to read numbers like these:

Support for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign has virtually evaporated, dropping to just 3 percent among likely Republican primary voters, a new IBOPE Zogby poll reveals. [...]

Even more ominously for Newt: When respondents were asked which of the 13 candidates they would “never vote for,” Gingrich was cited the most, by 17 percent...

According to Thom Hartmann, Newtie's in it for the money and has never been a serious candidate, nor has been taken seriously. File under "Duh".

He also pointed out how this point is validated by the public slamming Newt is getting from his own party. Everyone knows he doesn't have a chance at winning the nomination, so they feel free to speak their minds about him.

Why? Because criticism of Newt, Bachmann, and Cain, by emphasizing their over-the-top-itude, makes someone like Tim Pawlenty appear to be more "normal", less extreme... which is, of course, not true at all. Timmy is as extreme as the next right wing nut job, but presents himself as Mr. Bland.

Voters are easily fooled, and the GOP is counting on that.