Newt Gingrich: Fav 17, Unfav 49
Mitt Romney: Fav 21, Unfav 35
Barack Obama: Fav 38, Unfav 45
Fox News, 1/12-14
Newt Gingrich: Fav 27, Unfav 56
Mitt Romney: Fav 45, Unfav 38
Barack Obama: Fav 51, Unfav 46
Newt Gingrich: Fav 28, Unfav 58
Mitt Romney: Fav 43, Unfav 42
Barack Obama: Fav 49, Unfav 49
Conservatives have convinced themselves that Newt will be the better nominee because he'll crush Obama in debates. In fact, Newt is fueling this fantasy by claiming he'll demand seven three-hour Lincoln-Douglas-style debates with Obama.
But bottom line, people don't like Newt, and there's nothing about him that will make him more likable. He's a pompous arrogant blowhard, profoundly un-photogenic, and full of self-styled "grandiose" ideas like re-allowing child labor. The GOP establishment is freaking out, and with good reason.
Gingrich will cost Republicans the House and maybe the Senate. They know it, they fear it, and as of right now, they're trying to figure out if there's anything they can do about it.