Well, Scott Rasmussen's been busy since he stepped off THE WEEKLY STANDARD cruise last week. Take a breath:
Iowa: Romney 23%, Gingrich 20%, Paul 18%
Rasmussen dryly notes, "For the fifth straight survey, the GOP field has a new frontrunner in Iowa."
Byron York offers some additional analysis on Gingrich's falling support from Iowa movers and shakers:
In mostly private conversations, well-connected Iowa Republicans say they have sensed a drop-off in support for Gingrich in the last few days. "People are saying OK, let's reassess this," one insider says of voter opinion on Gingrich. "Is this really a decision we want to make? What I'm hearing is thinking about the general election and the unpredictable nature of him as our nominee. I don't have any empirical data to back it up, but it's just a feeling I've gotten in the last 24 hours."
Gingrich has been the target of a barrage of attack ads on Iowa television and radio, particularly from Paul, Romney, and Perry. The consensus among Iowa GOP insiders is that those ads are beginning to take a toll. "That stuff has an impact, where people are at least going to pause" in their enthusiasm for Gingrich, says Bob vander Plaats, an influential Iowa social conservative leader.