CNN Poll: Party unity on Romney nomination?
August 28th, 2012
04:00 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN Poll: Party unity on Romney nomination?

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - As the formal nomination of Mitt Romney gets underway at the Republican convention, a new survey indicates that a minority in the GOP would like to see someone else as their party's presidential nominee.

According to a CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday as the roll call at the convention was about to begin, nearly seven in ten Republicans say that the former Massachusetts governor should be the Republican nominee, with three in ten saying they would rather see their party choose someone else at the top of the ticket.

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"Historically, that figure is not bad. In mid-August, 2008, more than four in ten Republicans said they would prefer someone other than John McCain as the Republican nominee. Thirty-seven percent of Democrats said in August, 2008, that they would prefer Hillary Clinton as their party's nominee," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Four years later, only 17% of Democrats say they would prefer someone other than President Barack Obama as their party's standard-bearer.

The CNN poll was conducted August 22-23 by ORC International, with 473 registered voters who describe themselves as Republicans or independents who lean Republican, and 404 registered voters who describe themselves as Democrats or independents who lean Democratic, questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus five percentage points.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story


Filed under: 2012 • CNN/ORC International poll • Mitt Romney
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Now the pundits have something to talk about to fill in the dead air time.

    August 28, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. cali girl

    The show is not over. Still waiting to see if Trump shows up, where is Palin? Will Bachmann come to say a few words?
    Anything can happen, unity I do not think is one of the options.

    August 28, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. WILLARD MILTON ROMNEY IS A COWARD & TAX EVADER

    Willard Capone is no "standard bearer" by any means. Is father on the other hand was. Willard will NOT diminish the standards of running for the highest office in the land by not releasing more taxes when 65% of ALL Americans want him to release more taxes. There is no getting around this issue!!!

    August 28, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. DENNA

    Oh, no, no! Keep Mitt and Paul. They freak me out, but hey, they're better than Obama, right. NOT!

    August 28, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. DRAKE MALLARD

    Earlier this month, Mitt Romney was welcomed for a campaign event at the Century Mine in Beallsville, Ohio, by hundreds of coal workers and their families. Now many of the mine's workers are saying they were forced to give up a day-worth of pay to attend the event, and they feared they might be fired if they didn’t, according to local news radio WWVA

    August 28, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. glyder

    at least at the gop convention,there will not be muslim exteremists leading prayer.at least lets hope not.

    August 28, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. z

    lol, cnn is scared of the paul supporters. no one polled 18-34 (a majority of them).

    August 28, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. GOP Word Association

    WORD = GOP Association
    Old People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Sick People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Poor People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Female People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Non-white People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Non-christian People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Unemployed People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Gay People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Glob of cells in a womb = Something we PRETEND to care about just to get votes.
    Gun Control = Something ELSE we PRETEND to care about to get dumb redneck votes.

    August 28, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. truth hurts

    Obama has a DROP of 37 percentage points in Democrats that are excited to vote for him in 2012 versus 2008.

    Familiarity and Failure breeds voters that won't turn out to vote. Obama is doomed.

    August 28, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. The GOP Voucher Plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause and a free gun to commit suicide

    The seniors will need to commit suicide when their health care dollars run out. That's the GOP way!

    August 28, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Obama has a DROP of 37 percentage points in Democrats that are excited to vote for him in 2012 versus 2008.

    Familiarity and Failure breeds voters that won't turn out to vote. Obama is doomed."

    How's that cover-narrative for GOP/Teatroll minority voter suppression working out for ya?

    August 28, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. cali girl

    Truth the article above reads:
    Thirty-seven percent of Democrats said in August, 2008, that they would prefer Hillary Clinton as their party's nominee," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

    Four years later, only 17% of Democrats say they would prefer someone other than President Barack Obama as their party's standard-bearer.

    August 28, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    Oh please, the bully bishop hides behind his wife's skirt. The only ones voting for him will be the super rich (1%) and the fools who are at the convention.
    This guy's whole family are made of plastic.

    August 28, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. DENNA

    @ – truth hurts – Obama has a DROP of 37 percentage points in Democrats that are excited to vote for him in 2012 versus 2008. Familiarity and Failure breeds voters that won't turn out to vote. Obama is doomed
    .................................................................................................................................................................................
    Well that's odd Mr. Truth Hurts. I am not familiar with Romney and Ryan and I already have contempt for them. Their lack of specifics just scares me a lot more. You may find out that Obama isn't so bad if you vote for R/R and then realize that their policies are not going to help you either.

    August 28, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. truth hurts

    >The GOP Voucher Plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause and a free gun to commit suicide
    >The seniors will need to commit suicide when their health care dollars run out

    And the $716 BILLION Obama STOLE from Medicare to pay for Obamacare will move up that date considerably.

    FACT: OBAMA is the ONLY U.S. President to CUT Medicare. Almost a TRILLION dollars over ten years. I'm sure all those illegals will appreciate the free government healthcare they get from all that money.

    August 28, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. cj1

    Once again an analasys written by idiots for ididots

    August 28, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Dave

    I wonder if CNN will report on the many independents and democrats that are leaving Obama behind.

    August 28, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "And the $716 BILLION Obama STOLE from Medicare to pay for Obamacare will move up that date considerably."

    Actually, since it's savings and not "cuts," CBO said that these savings extend the life of Medicare by at least 8 years. You've got it completely, utterly, absolutely and 100% backwards and either know it, which makes you a big fat poopypants liar, or don't know it, which makes you pathetic. Choose.

    August 28, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. CURIOUS

    President Obama is like the boy with his finger in the dike. When he leaves office, whether its 2012 or 2016, all hell will break loose. Republicans can not govern the cultural mix that is America today.

    August 28, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. SOUTHERN SNOTTIE

    >Dave - I wonder if CNN will report on the many independents and democrats that are leaving Obama behind.

    Of course not. They are in the bag for Obama. They will paint a false picture of Obama inevitability. And then wonder what the heck happened when Romney steam rolls him in November. Of course, Democrats will claim dead and illegal voter suppression and start rioting in the streets claiming the election was stolen. It wouldn't be totally unexpected to see Obama declare marshall law and take control of the country. He never did believe in the rule of law.

    August 28, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "FACT: OBAMA is the ONLY U.S. President to CUT Medicare."

    Not fact. It's not cuts, so the mischaracterization ruins your attempt to claim that you made a factual statement. When you start from a faulty premise, the rest breaks down. Sadly for you, your desperation shines like a gaudy neon sign. Implementing measures to save money by reducing fraud and to reduce overpayments and over-subsidization of hospitals...that's not "cuts" and it improves the health, efficiency and efficacy of the system. Grow the frig up.

    August 28, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. truth hurts

    Sniffit
    "And the $716 BILLION Obama STOLE from Medicare to pay for Obamacare will move up that date considerably."
    Actually, since it's savings and not "cuts," CBO said that these savings extend the life of Medicare by at least 8 years
    ====================================================================================
    Ah yes, the "savings", just like the "doc fix" saves all that money right?! Oh yeah, they never saved a penny because they keep voting to ignore it and pay the money! Why?! Because cutting the money results in doctors refusing medicare patients, which is a denial of coverage.

    Now the Democrat's want to play the same game but with hospitals! CBO says 25% will GO UNDER if the cuts are made! Sure the cuts will be made! And have seniors dying because they can't get into the few remaining hospitals???

    BTW, can you please explain how "saving" money extends Medicare by eight years while at the same time the money is used to fund Obamacare??? Also, the CBO cannot not make a judgement on the insane assumptions the Democrats have provided them. That is the BIG flaw in their assessments. If the assumptions are bogus, like almost all of Obamacares were, the estimates are bogus, which is what we have already seen. (estimated cost under a trillion, now the cost is close to 3 TRILLION)

    August 28, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. Rob Charlotte, NC

    i love reading Sniffits comments. loool. always a pleasure reading your comments ;-) thanks for putting some reality out there

    August 28, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. bandmom

    Go, Iowa! Why are the convention secretaries not announcing the votes for Paul, even when the majority of the state goes for Paul???

    August 28, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. rs

    Well, "party unity" might explain some of the craziness we are seeing around the Republican Party's adopted planks, and the attempt to move Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan away from the more radical ones. It makes no sense (to me) that Priebus can say "these are the party's beliefs and these are Romney's beliefs and they are different". If they are different then what happens? Does the presumtive Presidents' beliefs and policies trump the Party's or vice versa? If these two elements aren't in alignment, which changes?

    August 28, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |