Among all those highlighting economic or budgetary concerns, Gingrich leads Romney by 14 percentage points. Overall, 31 percent of likely caucus-goers say they trust Gingrich the most to deal with economic issues, 21 percent say Ron Paul, and 20 percent say Romney.
Asked who has the best experience to be president, more than twice as many likely caucus-goers say Gingrich than Romney or any other candidate.
Gingrich also has an edge over Romney when it comes to empathy, values and standing up for what he believes in. On the basic test of electability, 29 percent of likely caucus-goers say Gingrich represents the Republicans’ best chance to defeat President Obama in 2012, while 24 percent say so of Romney.
In short, of six attributes tested in the poll, the only one where Gingrich is not first or in contention for first is on being the most honest and trustworthy. On this score, it’s Paul with 23 percent and Bachmann with 17 percent, followed by Gingrich with 13 and Romney with 12, among likely caucus-goers.