Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich now trails President Obama by double digits, his second straight weekly decline since becoming the GOP frontrunner.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters finds Obama earning 49% of the vote, while Gingrich receives 39% support. Eight percent (8%) prefer some other candidate, and another four percent (4%) are not sure.
So, the Obama electability issue will confront Gingrich going into tomorrow night’s debate.
And, a key ad meme in Iowa – by Ron Paul and Rick Perry.
Last week , Obama led Gingrich by a five-point margin, 45% to 40%. In late November, Gingrich held a slight 45% to 43% edge over the president.
Gingrich is following the footsteps of both Texas Governor Rick Perry and businessman Herman Cain. All three candidates have at one point surged to take the lead over Obama, but have not maintained that lead for more than a single time in a Rasmussen Reports survey. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is the only GOP candidate who has been ahead of the president more than once, and continues to run neck-and-neck with him.