Washington (CNN) - As the battle for the GOP presidential nomination goes on and on, it seems that more and more Republicans appear to be saying "enough already," according to a new national poll.
A Pew Research Center survey indicates that 47% of Republicans and independent voters who lean towards the GOP say the ongoing primary and caucus process is good for the party, with 43% saying it's bad for the party. When asked the same question in mid-February, by a 55%-36% margin, Republicans said the primary and caucus contests were good for the GOP.
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It's no surprise that opinions depend on which candidate people are supporting. More than half, 52%, of people supporting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, say the on-going process is bad for the party. But more of his opponents' supporters see the on-going primary process as good for the GOP with nearly six in ten backers of former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and 53% of supporters of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich responding in favor.
Romney is the front-runner in the race for the nomination. He's far ahead of his competition in the hunt for delegates, but still less than half way towards the 1,144 delegates needed to lock up the nomination. For Santorum and Gingrich, the best strategy is to make sure Romney doesn't clinch the nomination by the end of the primary process in late June, and force the nomination battle to go all the way to the party convention in Tampa, Florida in late August.
The Pew Research Center poll, which was released Tuesday, was conducted March 7-11, with 1,138 registered voters, including 538 Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error for questions of Republicans and GOP leaning voters is plus or minus five percentage points.