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Poll: Santorum leads Romney among Tennessee Republicans

February 29th, 2012 10:53 am by Hank Hayes

Poll: Santorum leads Romney among Tennessee Republicans

Rick Santorum. AP photo.

Rick Santorum leads Mitt Romney among Tennessee Republicans heading into Super Tuesday’s primary, and both men appear to hold an edge over incumbent Democrat President Barack Obama among Tennesseans at large despite the president’s rebounding approval rating, according to the latest Middle Tennessee State University Poll results.

Forty percent of Tennessee Republicans in the poll favored Santorum, a former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator, compared to 19 percent who prefer Romney, former governor of Massachussetts. Another 13 percent support former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and 11 percent back U.S. Rep. Ron Paul.

“Tennessee appears to be heading into Santorum’s Super Tuesday column,” Jason Reineke, an assistant professor in the college’s School of Journalism and the MTSU Poll’s associate director, said in a prepared release. “Election watchers would be wise to remember, though, just how many factors polling cannot measure or foresee, especially in the context of a primary election.”

The poll also found that support is practically nonexistent for repealing a new state law requiring voters to present a photo ID when voting. Eighty-two percent of state residents polled consider the new law “a good idea that should be kept in place.” Only 11 percent considered the law “a bad idea that should be done away with,” and the rest aren’t sure.

The MTSU poll was conducted Feb. 13-25 by the College of Mass Communication. The poll was a telephone survey of 646 randomly selected Tennessee adults and has an error margin of plus or minus four percentage points at the 95 percent level of confidence.

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