Dec. Winthrop poll puts Gingrich, Romney at top - FOX Carolina 21

Dec. Winthrop poll puts Gingrich, Romney at top

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The December poll conducted by Winthrop University of South Carolina voters was released Tuesday.

The poll taken between Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 interviewed 1073 registered South Carolina voters with a margin of error +/- 2.99 percent.

The poll results showed Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich at the top with 38.4 percent, Mitt Romney with 21.5 percent and Rick Perry with 9 percent among those likely to vote in the SC GOP Presidential Primary.

In the September poll, Gingrich only had 5.3 percent and Perry was in first place.

Poll takers were asked a number of questions including whether they approve of President Obama's job performance. Around 44 percent said they approved and 47 percent said they disapproved. A majority of respondents also said they disapproved of the way Congress was doing its job (81.4 percent).

Poll findings showed that 63.4 percent of respondents said it is not possible to address national budget concerns without any tax increase on any groups.

The poll also showed that 83.3 percent of Republicans did not consider themselves members of the Tea Party movement, a jump from September when only 61.4 percent felt the same.

With regard to the economy, almost 50 percent said they think American economic conditions are getting worse. And 65 percent said they think the country is headed in the wrong direction.

The Winthrop Poll was conducted in Rock Hill at Winthrop University.

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