Women Prefer Santorum to Romney by 10-Point Margin, Says Gallup

By Terence P. Jeffrey | February 21, 2012 | 2:01pm EST

Former Sen. Rick Santorum and his wife, Karen (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - In a week when much of the national media attention on former Sen. Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign focused on his views on contraception, the Gallup tracking poll showed Santorum’s support among women increasing by 12 points, vaulting him into a 10-point lead among women over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

In fact, Santorum’s support among women in this latest Gallup poll is stronger than his support among men.

In the week of Feb. 13-19, according to Gallup’s presidential primary tracking poll of registered Republican voters and Republican-leaning independents, Santorum led Romney 34 percent to 29 percent among men and 36 percent to 26 percent among women.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was third among men at 15 percent and Rep. Ron Paul was fourth with 12 percent.

Among women, Gingrich was third with 12 percent and Paul was fourth with 9 percent.

In Gallup's previous week of polling--Feb. 6-12--Romney had led Santorum among men by 32 percent to 28 percent, and among women by 36 percent to 24 percent.

Romney's support among women dropped 10 points during the same week that Santorum's support among women was rising by 12 points. By contrast, Romney lost only 3 points among men during the week while Santorum gained 6 points with that gender.

Gallup’s presidential primary tracking poll for Feb. 13-19 surveyed 857 men and 784 women.

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