I thought this was an interesting poll.
I have never said that I truly understand the Tea Party mind. Just to re-enforce my confusion, Gallup folks asked self-identified Tea Party Republicans who they thought was an acceptable candidate.
How Newt Gingrich represents the Tea Party is beyond me. Newt always represents himself. He is the worst of Washington. He is the lobbyist who lined his own pockets, both when he was in office and after he retired.
More from DK:
As you can see, Romney and Gingrich are in the first two spots within each group; Gingrich leads among conservatives and tea partiers; Romney leads among moderates and liberals as well as non-tea partiers. As Greg Sargent points out, Gingrich’s lead in his base is much, much larger than Romney’s lead within his base. That’s the basic reason why Gingrich is ahead. The voters who are supposed to be Romney’s strength are nearly as enthusiastic about Gingrich as they are about him, while Gingrich’s base is much more into their candidate than Romney.
That’s a good news/bad news situation for Romney. On the one hand, if Gingrich stumbles without another candidate taking his place (a big if), Romney’s in a good position to capitalize. But if he is unable to either put some space between himself and Gingrich within moderates and non-tea partiers or to close the gap among tea partiers and conservatives, the fate of his candidacy will be completely out of his control.