The Washington Times - December 15, 2011, 05:31PM

A number of polls regarding where the Republican candidates stand in Iowa. The various polls are fairly conflicting and likely indicative that likely Iowa GOP caucus voters have not settled down on a primary candidate. 

Iowa has a resident population of 3 million residents and about 1/3 of those will go to the polls on January 3 to decide who will win the Iowa caucuses. 

SEE RELATED:


RASMUSSEN: (Romney inches ahead of Gingrich and Paul in Iowa)

VOA NEWS: - (Gingrich leads in Iowa)

The latest batch of public opinion surveys gives Newt Gingrich a lead over Mitt Romney by margins ranging from 6 to 17 points.

Gingrich is also running well in some of the early-voting states like Iowa, South Carolina and Florida that play a major role in the presidential nominating process.

Romney and some of the other Republican presidential contenders have stepped up their attacks on Gingrich in hopes of slowing his momentum.

Gingrich says he wants to remain positive. “When I was down at the very bottom of the polls, I stayed positive.  Now that I’m the frontrunner, I’m staying positive,” said Gingrich.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS  (Ron Paul within one point of front runner Gingrich in Iowa)

Paul, a longtime Texas Congressman, has closed to within one percentage point of frontrunner Newt Gingrich in Iowa, where voters will make their choice in less than three weeks.

He also now trails Gingrich by just one point in New Hampshire - and has cut Granite State frontrunner Mitt Romney’s lead in half.

The polls - the first by Public Policy Polling, the second by Rasmusssen Reports - have instilled new life in Paul’s quixotic quest for the White House.

Finally, Gallup has new polling on where GOP primary voters’ support is going among the Republican candidate pool:

GALLUP:

Gingrich at two separate points this month registered the support of 37% of Republicans. His support is now at 29%. Republican support for Romney, “Mr. Steady,” hasn’t moved much at all, fluctuating on a daily basis in our reports between 22% and 25%. He’s at 24% now.

As Gingrich has slipped, the percentage of Republicans who are undecided has edged up, from 14% when we started to 18% today. Ron Paul is now in third place at 10%, a couple of points up from where he started, while Michele Bachmann is at 7%, Rick Perry at 5%, Rick Santorum at 4%, and Jon Huntsman at 2%.