UPDATE: We now realize this is an online poll. While the source is respectable, the data isn’t. It’s certainly worth discussing, but its value is seriously called into question. We will not include this poll in the PDC.

The online survey of 1,432 Americans aged 18 and over included 423 Republican registered voters. Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online polls but the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 5.3 percent.

A new Reuters poll out today has Newt in the lead at 24%, Romney at 22% and Cain at 13%. The last three national polls have Cain in the teens and back squarely in third. Just as expected, Cain simply wasn’t ready for the scrutiny, the issues or the stage.

Is Newt’s surge for real? Will he have the legs that Bachmann, Perry and Cain haven’t shown?