Sunday, on the CBS News program “Face the Nation,” former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich called Mitt Romney a “liar.” Republican voters may not go that far, but most of them in the latest Economist/YouGov Poll (Week of 12/31/2011) aren’t sure that the former Massachusetts Governor says what he really believes — at least not most of the time.
The former Speaker is perceived differently by GOP voters: more than half say Gingrich mostly says what he really believes. However, Romney, the (8-vote) winner of the Iowa Caucuses, is more likeable than Gingrich — both with the public overall and with GOP voters. Four out of ten adults say they “dislike” Gingrich as a person; just 25% say that about Romney. And while a majority of GOP voters “like” both candidates, Romney is more liked than Gingrich: 56% of Republican voters like Gingrich, 70% like Romney.
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