Poll: Gingrich Receives Big Backing on Web

An Internet poll sponsored by NewsMax.com reveals that an overwhelming number of Americans — nearly 7 in 10 respondents — favor former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as their presidential candidate in 2008.

The unscientific poll of nearly 90,000 people also shows that Gingrich would win handily in a GOP primary race against both Rudolph Giuliani and John McCain.

The results are surprising considering that Gingrich has not even announced that he would run for the White House. The popular conservative said he won’t make a decision until the fall, although he has been raising money with his new organization, American Solutions for Winning the Future, possibly laying the groundwork for a presidential campaign.

Here are the poll questions and results:

1) What is your overall opinion of Newt Gingrich?

Favorable: 87 percent

Unfavorable: 10 percent

No Opinion: 3 percent

2) Is Newt Gingrich your candidate for president in 2008?

Yes: 68 percent

No: 32 percent

3) In the following field, who is your 2008 candidate?

John McCain: 2 percent

Condi Rice: 4 percent

Mike Huckabee: 2 percent

Mitt Romney: 6 percent

Rudy Giuliani: 12 percent

Tom Tancredo: 5 percent

Ron Paul: 2 percent

Newt Gingrich: 58 percent

Duncan Hunter: 1 percent Other: 10 percent

4) In a Republican primary of Newt vs. Rudy Giuliani and John McCain, who would you vote for?

Rudy Giuliani: 17 percent

John McCain: 5 percent

Newt Gingrich: 78 percent

5) If the 2008 President race was between Newt Gingrich and Hillary Clinton, who would you vote for?

Newt Gingrich: 95 percent

Hillary Clinton: 5 percent

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