(CNSNews.com) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia is leading former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential race by 20 points—41 percent to 21 percent--among self-professed conservatives, according to a new Gallup poll released Thursday.
By contrast, Romney is leading Gingrich by 10 points—27 percent to 17 percent—among self-professed liberals and moderates in the poll.
The poll, conducted Dec. 5-11, surveyed 1,665 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents who are registered voters. Among all poll respondents, Gingrich led Romney 33 percent to 23 percent, with Rep. Ron Paul of Texas at 9 percent, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota at 6 percent, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 6 percent.
Gingrich led among most sub-groups in the poll—except for self-professed liberals and moderates, those 18 to 34 years of age, and those living in the East.
Among the Republican-leaning independents, Gingrich and Romney were tied at 23 percent, with Paul at 14 percent.
Among the Republicans, Gingrich had 38 percent, Romney had 23 percent, and Paul had 7 percent.
Among the conservatives, Gingrich had 41 percent, Romney 21 percent, and Paul had 7 percent.
Among the liberals and moderates, Romney had 27 percent, Gingrich had 17 percent, and Paul had 13 percent.
Among those 55 and older, Gingrich had 41 percent, Romney had 23 percent, and Paul had 4 percent.
Among those 35 to 54, Gingrich had 33 percent, Romney had 21 percent, and Paul had 8 percent.
Among those 18 to 34, Romney had 26 percent, Paul had 20 percent, and Gingrich had 19 percent.
Among men, Gingrich had 37 percent, Romney had 22 percent and Paul had 11 percent.
Among women, Gingrich had 28 percent, Romney had 24 percent and Paul had 7 percent.
In the South, Gingrich had 38 percent, Romney had 17 percent, and Paul had 10 percent.
In the West, Gingrich had 34 percent, Romney had 28 percent, and Paul had 5 percent.
In the Midwest, Gingrich had 29 percent, Romney had 22 percent, and Paul had 10 percent.
In the East, Romney had 30 percent, Gingrich had 29 percent and Paul had 10 percent.