Politics

Rick Santorum Tops Mitt Romney in National GOP Poll

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

MItt Romney's good weekend came to a screeching halt on Monday when he was bested in a national poll of Republicans by Rick Santorum.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the latest Pew Research Center poll shows Santorum with 30% of the vote and Romney with 28%. This is quite a turnaround from just a month ago, when the same survey had Romney with 31% and Santorum with just 14%.

Santorum got a boost from Tea Party members and evangelicals, two groups which have been suspicious of Romney from the start. Despite Romney's odd claim that he is "severely conservative," just 32% of those polled think he is a "strong" conservative.

But both GOP candidates trail President Obama in hypothetical matchups. Obama beat Santorum 53%-43% and Romney 52%-44%. Obama polled very strongly with independents, who could decide the race come November.