MTSU poll finds Santorum leads Romney among TN Republicans

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 11:46am
Staff reports

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum leads Mitt Romney among Tennessee Republicans and either one of the candidates would beat President Barack Obama statewide, according to the results of a Middle Tennessee State University poll released Wednesday.

The MTSU College of Mass Communications conducted the scientifically valid telephone poll Feb. 13 through 25 by randomly selecting 646 Tennessee adults. The poll has an error margin of plus or minus four percentage points at the 95 percent level of confidence.

The full results of the poll can be found here.

Forty percent of Tennessee Republicans in the poll favor Santorum compared to 19 percent who prefer Romney. Another 13 percent support Newt Gingrich, and 11 percent back Ron Paul.

“Tennessee appears to be heading into Santorum’s Super Tuesday column,” said Dr. Jason Reineke, an assistant professor in the college’s School of Journalism and the MTSU Poll’s associate director. “Election watchers would be wise to remember, though, just how many factors polling cannot measure or foresee, especially in the context of a primary election.”

Asked about whether or not they support repealing the state law that went into effect Jan.1 requiring voters to present a photo ID when voting, 82 percent of those polled said the law was “a good idea that should be kept in place,” 11 percent considered the law “a bad idea that should be done away with,” and the rest were unsure.

Eighty-three percent of Tennesseans polled (up from 71 percent in the fall MTSU poll) stated they are aware of the voter ID law, but Tennesseans remain confused about some aspects of the law, including what forms of ID were acceptable.

Other poll findings include:

  • Less than a fifth (18 percent) of Tennesseans think the state’s new public school teacher evaluation system is increasing the quality of education. Nineteen percent think it’s making no difference, and 16 percent think it’s decreasing the quality. Those in the largest group say they simply don’t know (48 percent).

  • On another education issue, half of poll respondents think current average class sizes in Tennessee are about right, while 38 percent think public school classrooms in Tennessee should have fewer students on average. Only about four percent think the state’s public school classrooms should have more students on average, and the rest aren’t sure.

  • With the arrival of Tennessee’s spring tornado season, only about 30 percent of state residents live in a household equipped with “a special National Weather Service radio that is programmed to sound an alarm when the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning” for their county. Fifty-two percent say there is some other device in or near their home — like a cell phone or a tornado siren — that would automatically sound an alert if a tornado warning were issued for their county. A third have no alert system, and about one in four Tennesseans say they usually know about severe weather no more than a few minutes before it arrives.

9 Comments on this post:

By: Jughead on 2/29/12 at 1:27

The Demotards are doing ANYTHING they can to derail Romney. Santorum is not electable, and that's why every liberal newspaper/college/website is pulling for him.

Romney will be the nominee. I'd hoped for someone more conservative, but as long as we get rid of the Muslim in the White House.....

By: pepawjoe on 2/29/12 at 2:21

Being a Democratic Voter for several years now and counting. (OVER 45 years) This year "We, Democrats are NOT GIVEN ANYONE, but Obama to VOTE FOR.
His "RECORD" of Re-Paying His Political Debts to Corporate America FAR, FAR out number "ANYTHING" that benefits the American People and are very "FEW" and FAR between by Mr Obama.
This Country has FAR OVERSPENT what "WE, Tax Payers HAVE". Though Mr Obama JUST KEEPS RIGHT ON SPENDING"anyway. This Tax Dollars "DO NOT BELONG" to Barrack Obama in the FIRST PLACE. Just what "DID" the American People actually LOSE in this issue that Mr Obama took control of?
If GM had only "LISTENED and HEARD" what "FORD MOTORS TOLD THEM", we could've avoided Most of what Obama Spent in the FIRST PLACE.
His "SELF- PROCLAIMED" Healthcare Bill is FULL of HOLES, and MOST of HIS Proclaimed NEW Pre-Existing Patients CAN"T AFFORD THE PREMINUMS ANYWAY! But, Mr Obama won't "TELL YOU THAT"! He'll also "TAKE CREDIT" for what He DON'T DO EITHER. He DOES SPEND MONEY, even when it ain't HIS to Spend.

By: pswindle on 2/29/12 at 2:55

Of course, Rick is ahead in TN. This is the mind set here in TN.

By: bfra on 3/2/12 at 12:53

Since when has a MTSU poll been an accurate prediction of anything?

By: peanut11 on 3/3/12 at 8:55

It is quite clear that Romney is going to win, looking at the big picture

See articles on www.ariespost.com

By: peanut11 on 3/4/12 at 3:25

Eventually, Santorum is a bit too conservative. Romney will do a better job

Good articles on www.ariespost.com

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