Bloomberg is no longer affiliated with the Republican party.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's decision to leave the Republican Party Tuesday fueled speculation the billionaire might mount an independent presidential bid, but a recent Pew Research poll indicates that more than half of Americans wouldn't consider supporting him.
Only 9 percent of voters who have heard of the New York City Mayor say they would likely vote for him, while 23 percent say there is some chance they would back his candidacy. More than half of those polled, 56 percent, say there’s no chance they would vote for Bloomberg.
The poll also finds Bloomberg enjoys higher name recognition than many of the candidates, Republicans and Democrats alike, already in the race or seriously considering a run.
Nearly two-thirds of those polled, 65 percent had heard of Bloomberg, while 62 percent had heard of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican; 58 percent had heard of Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, a Democrat; 51 percent had heard of former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, a Republican; and 48 percent had heard of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat.
Bloomberg, a former Democrat who ran as a Republican in the New York City mayoral race, officially changed his party status to unaffiliated Tuesday - a move he says does not indicate he is considering a presidential bid.
The poll, conducted May 30 to June 3, surveyed 1,503 adults - 1,247 of whom are registered voters. It carries a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
Why would most Americans support Bloomberg? Yes, he's world-famous in New York City, but he carries little weight or fame outside its limits. Most Americans don't know what Bloomberg television is either. Another mega-rich guy who thinks his destiny is the White House.
ANOTHER RALPH NADER WANNABE SPOILER. HE'S SWAPPED PARTIES SO OFTEN HE SHOULD BE DIZZY.
Thank goodness! I feel most Americans can see through the bait and switch tactics he seems to employ.
When it is trendy...he dumps the GOP.
Who is he fooling? He can't hide the fact he is an elitist – totally out of touch with the average American.
Only the main poll had a margin of error of +/- 3%. Among those who knew Bloomberg, the margin of error was +/- 4%.
Why not? If 45% of those who vote are so frustrated with both parties (Republican and Democrat) why not a 3rd alternative? More choices we have the better!
Some people are begining to realize that there is no difference among the two main political parties!
The Politicans of both parties miss the point. Its doesnt matter if the independent candidate is viable or not. It doesnt matter if they split party tickets. There are more and more of us who will not vote for canidates from either party because we a re tired of do nothing poloitcs. And special interest polotics,
If it causes problems in either party that is good. Some day they will get the point. ANYTHING IS BETTER THAN EITHER THE DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS as long as it causes a change in the system.
When voters find out what he stands for they will support him.
He will just split the republican vote. The dems must love this.