Politics

Newt Gingrich Sinks, Rick Santorum Rises in New Iowa Poll

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Now it is Rick Santorum's turn to surge, and with less than a week to go before the Iowa GOP presidential caucus, his timing is perfect. Not so much for Newt Gingrich, though.

The latest CNN/Time/ORC International Poll has Mitt Romney on top with 25% and Ron Paul second at 22%.

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But the big story is in third place, where 16% support Santorum, up 11 points since the beginning of the month. On the other side of the coin is Gingrich, who is next with 14%, down from a previous poll-leading 33%.

"Most of Santorum's gains have come among likely caucus participants who are born-again or evangelical, and he now tops the list among that crucial voting bloc, with support from 22% of born-agains compared to 18% for Paul, 16% for Romney, and 14% for Gingrich," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Still though, it appears that this could be anyone's race to win in fickle Iowa.

"Add in the fact that nearly half of Iowa respondents say they are undecided or could change their minds and it looks like Iowa is a wide open contest," Holland said.