POLL: Mitt Romney Just BLEW Past Rick Santorum In Pennsylvania

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Mitt Romney has pulled ahead of native son Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania, a new Public Policy Polling (D) survey shows.Romney attracts 42 per cent of the support from likely GOP primary voters, while the former Keystone State senator garners 37 per cent. Texas Rep. Ron Paul receives 9 per cent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gets 6 per cent.

Recent polls have shown Romney narrowing Santorum’s lead in Pennsylvania, but this particular survey finds him gaining a whopping 17 points since a PPP poll released in mid-March, while Santorum shed six points. Santorum has called his home state a “must win,” as a loss there would likely doom his candidacy. However, there are nearly three weeks until voters head to the polls.

Romney’s gain might be attributed to the finding that Pennsylvania Republicans question Santorum’s chances of winning — both in the primary and the general election. 50-four per cent don’t think he has a realistic chance of securing the GOP nomination while only 36 per cent think he does have a shot. Meanwhile, 49 per cent think Romney will be the strongest match against President Obama in November, while 24 per cent say the same for Santorum.

The former Massachusetts governor has also plowed into Santorum’s support among evangelicals and Tea Party supporters: Romney holds a 10-point lead among the former; Santorum holds a six-point edge among the latter — down from a 32-point lead last month. Santorum’s lead among the most conservative voters has shrunk by 40 points.

Voters still find Santorum favourable, and he receives a net positive rating of 31 per cent. Romney, though, has gained some ground, receiving a positive net of 22 per cent.

Women are split between the two candidates, while Romney leads among men, 44 per cent to 35 per cent. Romney edges Santorum by four points among voters under the age of 45, while Santorum holds a two-point edge among voters between the ages of 46 and 65. Romney leads among seniors, 46 per cent to 32 per cent.

PPP surveyed 403 likely GOP primary voters on April 4. The sampling error is plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

This post was originally published by RealClearPolitics.

This story was originally published by RealClearPolitics.

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