Santorum leads Romney in Ohio among men, conservatives, and the middle income voters Romney has been pandering to

by Ryan Streeter on February 27, 2012. Follow Ryan on Twitter.

There’s a new Quinnipiac poll out this morning, showing Santorum ahead of Romney in Ohio by a decent margin, 26-29.

As expected, Santorum leads among evangelicals and men by commanding margins. He also takes 49% of the Tea Partiers, compared to Romney’s 19% and Gingrich’s 20% (Paul is a piddly 9%). He also leads among men significantly and splits the numbers evenly among women.

One thing down in the numbers that’s especially interesting: Among voters with incomes above $100,000, Santorum and Romney are split at 37% apiece. Santorum leads among voters in the $30k-$50k range and $50k-$100k range by healthy margins. Romney’s basic tax meme for months has been to give favorable tax treatment to the less-wealthy at the expense of the wealthy (e.g., the wealthy would pay capital gains while the middle class won’t, and his new tax cuts will be paid for with the elimination of unnamed deductions enjoyed by the wealthy in the tax code). Doesn’t seem to be working too well in Ohio as a political message.