Wednesday, November 30, 2011

New poll shows Montana loves Newt

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 6:15 PM

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Public Policy Polling released data from a recent poll that shows 37% of Montana Republicans would vote for Newt Gingrich. His next closest rival would be Ron Paul with 12%. He's also polling strongly with both Tea Party voters (42%) and those who identify themselves as party moderates (37%).

While that sinks in, here's some more interesting information from the poll: GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Hill saw his numbers jumped to 37%, with Ken Miller second at just 10%. Worth noting is that 35% of those polled said they were either undecided or voting for someone else.

PPP called 700 Republican primary voters Nov. 28 - 30, and was not paid to conduct the poll. Full results can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Oh, and then there's this: I took a polling call from PPP on Nov. 28 and answered about nine minutes worth of questions. I am not a registered Republican and I answered as many questions about Democratic candidates as I did Republican. For instance, I answered questions about Tester v. Rehberg, Steve Bullock v. Hill (and about 46 other iterations of the governor's race), and, interestingly, my opinion on a Brian Schweitzer presidential bid in 2016. I was also asked about my favorite baseball team, but that's beside the point, I think.

I emailed PPP about whether more data was coming and received a prompt response this evening:

Senate numbers tomorrow, Presidential numbers Friday, Governor numbers Monday, and everything else Tuesday.

That means you have to wait until next week to learn how many other Washington Nationals fans are in Big Sky Country.

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