2012: Gingrich trails Obama by 20 points

May 17, 2011, 5:00 PM GMT+0

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is about to announce that he WILL run for the Republican nomination in 2012. The latest Economist/YouGov Poll suggests he has a long way to go to defeat incumbent Barack Obama, if he becomes the Republican nominee.

Gingrich trails the President by 20 points when registered voters are asked how they would vote in a Gingrich-Obama election. The President leads with all age groups, in all regions, among independents and with all races and both sexes. 

A generic ballot between an unnamed Democrat and unnamed Republican, suggests a much closer race. The “Democrat” leads the “Republican” by just seven points, 40% to 33%. But 21% are undecided. 

If it is any consolation for Gingrich, Donald Trump fares nearly as poorly, trailing Obama by 18 points in this poll, 51% to 33%. Two weeks ago, before the President released his birth certificate, that gap was 17 points. 

Full datasets for Economist/YouGov polls can be found here.

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