In the most recent YouGov poll released to Politic365 for examination, it’s Gingrich Week. We now see more evidence that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is in this to win this – he’s now at 31% of likely GOP primary voters compared against Mitt Romney at 20% and Herman Cain in a distant third at 15% – Rick Perry is now a footnote at 5%. In addition, both Gingrich and Romney seem to get better confidence in a match-up against President Obama in 2012, each at 41% compared to the incumbent’s 45%. Cain lags behind at 37% to Obama’s 46%.
And, just as we thought: all parties get the blame for the Congressional “super committee’s” failure to come to a compromise last week. Looking back at Black Friday a quarter of all adults said they were shopping that day – but, spending less. Retailers answered with expanded hours as a way to offset the potential of poor performance.
GINGRICH THE FRONTRUNNER: HE IS NOW THE CHOICE OF NEARLY ONE IN THREE GOP VOTERS
“Last week there was a three way horserace among voters who intend to vote in a Republican presidential primary or caucus next year. This week, in the Economist/YouGov Poll, there is one clear leader: former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is the choice of nearly one in three GOP voters.”
CHALLENGING THE PRESIDENT: ROMNEY AND GINGRICH MAY BE MORE ELECTABLE THAN CAIN
“President Barack Obama’s approval rating remains low: just 39% in this week’s Economist/YouGov Poll approve of how he is handling his job, down from last week, and three points above his all-time low. But he is still competitive in 2012 fall matchups.”
BOTH PARTIES GET THE BLAME FOR SUPERCOMMITTEE’S FAILURE
“Americans aren’t surprised by the Congressional Super Committee’s inability to come to an agreement on reducing the deficit — most never expected its members could—or would – agree. And in this week’s Economist/YouGov Poll, Americans see enough blame to go around: nearly half put the blame on members of both political parties.”
ONE IN FOUR ADULTS WILL BE SHOPPING BLACK FRIDAY – BUT MANY WILL BE SPENDING LESS
“One in four adults plan to take advantage of Black Friday sales this year, but there is little indication most will be spending any more than they have in the past. In the latest Economist/YouGov Poll, 25% will shop on Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving that marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, and the day retailers hope to go into the black.”