Hot Air | Romney Opens Up 16-Point National Lead Over Santorum

Romney has a 15-point lead among Republicans, and an 18-point lead among independents. Romney now edges Santorum by four among Tea Party voters (34/30) and by 25 among non-supporters of the Tea Party. Although Santorum still has a double-digit lead among evangelicals (38/28), Romney wins Protestants by 19 points and Catholics by 27 points.

The continuing presence of Newt Gingrich as an option doesn’t have much impact on this dynamic. In a hypothetical two-man race, Romney beats Santorum by twelve with a majority at 50/38. Santorum is still seen very favorably by likely voters at 63/32, but Romney’s favorables now exceed Santorum’s, 71/25. Romney does even better with Republicans, 74/23, as does Santorum with a 66/28.

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