Top One-Word Reactions to GOP Candidates
When Americans are asked what one word comes to mind when thinking about Mitt Romney, no single term stands out. The most frequent responses are “no” or “no way,” and “rich.” In surveys conducted last year, far more mentioned the Republican presidential candidate’s Mormon faith than anything else.
Romney Leads GOP Contest, Trails in Matchup with Obama
Mitt Romney has retaken a significant lead nationally in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, even as he has fallen further behind Barack Obama in a general election matchup. Obama’s job approval rating has reached 50% for the first time since last May, shortly after the killing of Osama bin Laden.
GOP Race Is Rallying Democrats
Currently, 49% of Democrats say that as they learn more about the GOP candidates, their impression of Obama is getting better. Just 36% of Democrats expressed this view in December, before the Republican primaries began.
Santorum Catches Romney in GOP Race
Rick Santorum’s has pulled into a virtual tie with Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in polling conducted Feb. 8-12. Barack Obama holds sizable leads over Santorum, Romney and Newt Gingrich in general election matchups.
Cable Leads the Pack as Campaign News Source
Cable news is now the top regular source for campaign news. The long-term decline in the number of Americans getting campaign news from local and network TV news, and local newspapers, steepened this year. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are used for campaign news by a relatively limited audience.
GOP Voters Continue to Give Field Subpar Ratings
Republicans remain unimpressed with their party’s presidential field. More than half (52%) rate the candidates as only fair or poor. More voters also say Barack Obama understands the problems of average Americans than say so about Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich.
Unpopular Nationally, Romney Holds Solid GOP Lead
Mitt Romney maintains a substantial lead nationally in the race for the GOP nomination. Yet his image among all voters has slipped since November and he runs no better in a general election matchup with Barack Obama than he did back then.
Super PACs Having Negative Impact, Say Voters Aware of ‘Citizens United’ Ruling
Most voters who are aware of the 2010 Supreme Court decision allowing corporations and individuals to spend as much money as they want on political advertising say the impact has been negative.
Many Voters Unaware of Basic Facts about GOP Candidates
Many voters do not know basic facts about the Republican candidates running for president or the early primary calendar, such as where Mitt Romney served as governor.
GOP Voters Still Unenthused About Presidential Field
Republican voters continue to express mixed views of the party’s presidential field. Roughly half (51%) of Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters say the candidates are excellent or good, while 44% say they are only fair or poor. Mitt Romney holds a sizable lead in the race for the GOP nomination.