Gallup: Romney First, Paul Second Among Young Voters

February 21, 2012 - 2:46 PM
Mitt Romney

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads the Republican field among younger voters with Rep. Ron Paul of Texas now in second place with that group, according to the Gallup tracking poll for the week of Feb. 13-19.

Among registered Republican voters and Republican-leaning independents in the 18-34 age bracket, Romney had 33 percent, Paul had 26 percent, former Sen. Rick Santorum had 20 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had 11 percent.

Santorum led among older voters. Among those in the 35-54 age bracket, Santorum led with 37 percent, followed by Romney with 26 percent, Gingrich with 15 percent, and Paul with 8 percent.

Among voters 55 or older, Santorum led with 39 percent, followed by Romney with 26 percent, Gingrich with 14 percent and Paul with 6 percent.

Earlier in the campaign there were some weeks when Paul led in the Gallup poll among the youngest bracket of voters.  In the week of Jan. 16-22, for example, Paul led in the 18-34 age bracket with 31 percent, followed by Romney with 26 percent, Gingrich with 21 percent, and Santorum with 11 percent.

In each week since Jan. 22, Romney has led in the Gallup poll in the 18-34 age bracket.