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GOP Voters in Alabama, Mississippi View Santorum Most Favorably

12:43 PM, Mar 10, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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Rasmussen’s polling in Alabama and Mississippi shows Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich each having between 25 and 35 percent support in both states, suggesting true 3-man races in both upcoming GOP primaries. (In Alabama, Gingrich leads with 30 percent support, followed by Santorum at 29 percent and Romney at 28 percent. In Mississippi, Romney leads with 35 percent support, followed by a tie between Gingrich and Santorum at 27 percent apiece.)  However, the polling also shows that, in both states, Santorum is the candidate that likely GOP primary voters view most favorably.  

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum

Here is each candidate’s net favorability rating among likely GOP primary voters in each state:

Alabama:

Santorum, +44 points (71 percent “favorable,” 27 percent “unfavorable”)

Gingrich, +34 points (66 percent “favorable,” 32 percent “unfavorable”)

Romney, +27 points (62 percent “favorable,” 35 percent “unfavorable”)

Among those who have either a “very favorable” or “very unfavorable” opinion, Santorum’s net favorability rating in Alabama is +21 points (30 to 9 percent), Gingrich’s is +20 points (30 to 10 percent), and Romney’s is +9 points (20 to 11 percent).

Mississippi:

Santorum, +52 points (74 percent “favorable,” 22 percent “unfavorable”)

Gingrich, +45 points (71 percent “favorable,” 26 percent “unfavorable”)

Romney, +45 points (71 percent “favorable,” 26 percent “unfavorable”)

Among those who have either a “very favorable” or “very unfavorable” opinion, Santorum’s net favorability rating in Mississippi is +20 points (27 to 7 percent), Gingrich’s is +18 points (27 to 9 percent), and Romney’s is +13 points (21 to 8 percent).

It will be interesting to see whether these states’ primary voters will start migrating toward the candidate(s) they view most favorably.

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