Hometown boy Romney not so loved in Michigan

by Ryan Streeter on February 13, 2012. Follow Ryan on Twitter.

A new PPP poll in Michigan shows Santorum leading Romney 39% to 24%.

Romney, as we all know, isn’t supposed to lose Michigan, being from there and all.

Santorum’s enjoying heightened popularity in Michigan, which is boosting his numbers in important ways:

Santorum’s winning an outright majority of the Tea Party vote with 53% to 22% for Romney and 10% for Gingrich. He comes close to one with Evangelicals as well at 48% to 20% for Romney and 12% for Gingrich. And he cracks the 50% line with voters identifying as ‘very conservative’ at 51% to 20% for Romney and 10% for Gingrich.

Newt, on the other hand, isn’t so beloved:

Republican voters aren’t just declining to vote for Gingrich at this point- they don’t even like him anymore. Just 38% have a favorable opinion of him to 47% with a negative one. His numbers are inching back closer to what they were before his surge in the polls began in November.

The poll also shows that if Gingrich were to drop out, his supporters would go overwhelmingly to Santorum. So, if those numbers are accurate, Romney’s doing even worse in Michigan than his 24% figure shows.