Gingrich’s rise to the top is being fueled by strong support from seniors and the Tea Party. With voters over 65 he’s at 37% leading Romney’s 18% and Paul’s 11% by 19 and 26 points respectively. With Tea Party voters Gingrich is at 35% with Bachmann actually coming in at second with 23%, Paul in third at 14%, and Romney all the way back at just 4%…

43% of likely caucus goers say government spending and reducing the deficit is the issue most important to them and they’re supporting Gingrich 34-17 over Paul with Bachmann at 16% and Romney only at 12%. 27% say jobs and the economy are most important and they go for Romney 29-24 over Gingrich with Paul at 14%. If you want a reason why Rick Santorum has never caught on it’s probably because only 9% of likely caucus goers say that social issues are the thing most important to them. He’s getting 17% with those voters but it’s just not a very big piece of the pie.

Electability is not usually a trait you would associate with Newt Gingrich but 33% of Republicans think he would be the candidate with the best chance to defeat Barack Obama with Mitt Romney at 23% and no one else hitting double digits. 57% of voters say they’re most concerned with a candidate’s stand on the issues to 34% who are most concerned about getting the candidate who can beat Obama. Paul actually leads Gingrich 23-20 with voters who care most about a candidate’s stances. But Gingrich has the overall lead because he’s at 39% with those most concerned about electability to 18% for Romney and only 11% for Paul.