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