A new poll conducted by firm GfK for the Associated Press shows that new GOP frontrunner former House Speaker Newt Gingrich would start out in a much worse position against President Obama than former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney. The national poll shows Obama up on Romney by a single point, 47 – 46, by the President tops Gingrich by nine, 51 – 42.
The key seems to be in favorability. Americans have a net positive view of Romney, with 48 percent of those polled saying they have a favorable view of him and 39 percent with an unfavorable one. The split for Gingrich is reversed, with only 40 percent seeing him positively against 47.