Poll: Republicans shrug at Romney's business past

By CHARLES BABINGTON and NANCY BENAC | December 14, 2011 | 2:56 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney says his business background makes him a better presidential candidate than Newt Gingrich.

But a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that argument is not moving Republicans Romney's way.

Republicans are evenly divided on whether a Washington insider or outsider is best-suited to be president. Gingrich has spent decades in Washington, including 20 years in Congress.

The poll also found a significant drop in satisfaction with the overall GOP field.

The nationwide poll of Republicans found Gingrich with an edge over Romney as the candidate they'd like to see win the nomination. But it falls just within the poll's margin of error.