Poll shows GOP not happy with its prez candidates
April 19th, 2011
09:22 AM ET
11 years ago

Poll shows GOP not happy with its prez candidates

Washington (CNN) – As the Republican presidential primary race continues its slow march out of the gate, a new poll suggests likely GOP voters are significantly less satisfied with the potential field of contenders than they were four years ago.

Less than 50 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents give positive marks to the still-in-flux GOP presidential field, down markedly from 2008 when nearly two-thirds said they were happy with that cycle's crop of candidates, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.

And in another sign no potential candidate has yet to register momentum within the party, only former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney scored in the double digits (16 percent) when likely Republican voters were asked who they would support in the primaries and caucuses. The answer "no opinion" by contrast was the response of 33 percent of respondents, while an additional 12 percent said flatly "no one."

Behind Romney comes perhaps-serious candidate and business mogul Donald Trump at 8 percent, followed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, at 6 percent and 5 percent respectively.

Several other candidates were at 2 percent or less, including: Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has said he will not run.

The telephone poll was conducted April 14-17 and carries sampling error of 5 points.

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  1. Dave

    While I don't think Romney is a perfect candidate (and I have never seen such a person), I do think he is well-qualitified to be President. He has both private and public sector experience, and has a record of accomplishment. He has many leadership skills and does not make excuses for America's greatness. He espouses conservative principles but is still willing to work with the opposing party (unlike our current President who tries to cram things down our throats and then lies to us about the economic impact of his socialist policies).

    April 19, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. Kylene

    as well they should be dissappointed – really – anyone thinking Pawlenty is a leader, just take a look at the condition he left the State of Minnesota after his governship – I have not had a discussion with anyone here in our state who actually thinks he could be president – so what is the GOP thinking – they need to stop protecting the uber rich and listen to the poor folks

    April 19, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. Kylene

    and I don't have the energy to get into what is wrong with the rest of the candidates – I mean really, bachman and palin what a nightmare, what a JOKE that would be

    April 19, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. Bill

    Interesting. It seems that the only people who are not aware that the GOP has a slate of terrible candidates are the candidates themselves.

    April 19, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. David Wolf

    this is good news ...none of these candidates have the essenttial virtues or charisma to lead this nation .... they are all creatures of the moment , passion, money or ideologues .... but we still lack an actual dialogue about the many issues that need to be addressed one way or the other ...

    April 19, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. Shelly

    The GOP have NO strategies as to how to lead the country. Their answer to everything (for the last 30 years) is lower taxes for the wealthy and deregulate. I and my family do not want to see a future where the burden of the economy is on the poor and middle class ( larger disparity between haves and have nots) and polluted air , soil and water . Our children will not be able to afford the expensive medical care by private insurance companies to treat diseases form the pollutants.
    The GOP is determined to lead America into the 17th century pit!

    April 19, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. barb

    Dah? Go Figure? A family potrait of the "Team to "FLEECE AMERICA" No Vote Here!

    April 19, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. james

    Nice try, CNN. Fact is, whomever the Republican candidate is, we may not be happy with them but we all know they'll be 46359342873289325342057341050183 times better than The Obozo, so we'll vote for them.

    April 19, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    I'm confident that the current leading contenders reflect the best of talking point talking heads in the Republican Party. This group is collectively giving voice to the issues that matter most to conservatives. They take firm stands on issues, and strive to echo the battle cry of "no compromise" on what they describe as their 'core" values.

    This entire "no compromise" issue is exactly why the founding fathers wanted a government that practiced separation of church and state. They wanted to exclude the emotional decisions that can be made in the honor of religion. They wanted to include the logical decisions that can be made in the honor of justice and equality.

    The basic problem with allowing religous ideology into goverment and politics is that it allows no room for compromise and other viewpoints. Religous beliefs do not allow for compromise because in most cases any sort of compromise amounts to commiting a sin against those same religous beliefs.

    April 19, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. rusty155

    I wouldn't vote for any of them. And Saran Palin shouldn't even be on the list, She the most UNQUALIFIED person on the list . Than you have Michele Bachmann Is the Second most UNQUALIFIED person. If someone was Twisting my arm i guess It would be Mitt Momney. He the best of the bunch, but I don't think he can beat PRESIDENT Obama. Donald Trump Is a Joke he can't make up he mind if he a Republican or not. I don't see A Republican Backing A democrats like he did In 2008 when he back Hillary Clinton. But again I wouldn't vote for any of them, because I'M not RICH and If YOU are not Rich the Republican or any back by the TEA PARTY really could care less about you.

    April 19, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. Obama 2012

    Not satisfied with this parade of clowns? Really?

    April 19, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. PD.

    Jeez! Ya think so? Now the 'Tea Party' is turning to 'The Donald' for salvation? Pretty sad, indeed.

    April 19, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. Adam Wilder

    Being an independent, With all the latest truly bad policies/decisions (Ryan Plan, No to everything, Tax breaks on the backs of the poor) There's no way I will vote Republician. They really need to get some positive ideas pretty quick, like jobs.

    April 19, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. Larry L

    The GOP must face the fact that candidates pushed forward by the right-wing's irrational fringe groups will tend to resemble their fans. If your political business model is based on corporate funding to fuel the misinformation campaigns used to energize angry, bigoted and fearful old white people, these candidates will slither out from under every rock. When your voting base feeds from hate, closet racism, and fear, politicians soon learn to use hot-button issues and lies to fuel the fire. Step back and look, really look, at the Tea party membership. How could they pick anything else?

    April 19, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. David Wolf

    it is also unfortunate how many of these candidates only have any traction because the press gives them supossed credence ... Thrump is only a candidate for self agrandizement ... his antics are silly and the press responds like trained baffoons ....

    April 19, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. once upon a horse

    if even Rush Limbaugh can say that this is a weak fiield then that is saying something. This is one of the reasons I think the GOP keeps doing the "birther" thing hoping to reach the right wing lunatic fringe of the party excited and overlook the weakness that the GOP is offering at the moment.. And of course they can't run on creating jobs or fixing the economy since they have done NOTHING but lip service.

    April 19, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. Jay

    Candidates? Except a perceived moderate in Romney most of these "Presidential Candidates" don't look like they have a chance in Hell to get elected.

    Most clearly appear they're in it for the fame and residual money that comes from attracting low educated/low intelligence voters.

    Some look like they're just hoping they can win even though they have very little name recognition and don't have a serious chance.

    Great. Great. Great. The more losers the GOP has running the better.

    Obama Biden 2012

    April 19, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. Mark in Seattle

    Palin and Bachman don't even equal a single digit IQ.

    April 19, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    If I were a Rethug I'd be beyond embarrassed with the chioices. Never before have I seen such a lineup of jokers representing one Party. President Obama must make it look easy when every Tom Dick and Harriett is lining up to run, including but not limited to the Governor of one of the two most, if not the most, backwards state in our Union; and the quitter Governor of the other. It just goes to prove that having "previous experience" means nothing. If you can't make it work for ONE lousy state why should we entrust you with the fate of the ENTIRE country?
    President Obama HAS gotten us out of the ditch. His implementations are bearing fruit in the employment sector, and Wall Street. His vision uplifts and embraces ALL Americans, of ALL colors and backgrounds NOT just the rabid, hating, loudest few. And.....he doesn't shy away from the hard work that it took to get us out of the toilet.

    April 19, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. Mike

    People need to learn the definition of socialism before they start mindless fear-mongering.

    April 19, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  21. Mike

    I wish Bobby Jindal would run...he'd get my vote over the current class of clowns!

    April 19, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. JASON

    I LOVE hoe the republicans are saying so what we will vote for whoever the primary winner is but they are once again MISSING THE POINT! Despite what you think, the republicans DO NOT out number the democrats. It is the independent voters that will sway the election. As one of those independent voters, there is NO WAY IN HELL I can get behind ANY of their choices. Romney I believe is the lesser of two evils so I may give him a chance, but these other clowns? BLECH!

    April 19, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. Indy

    Romney is the only viable candidate and if I was a Republican I would be incredibly dissappointed in the sideshow with all the rest. Romney does deserve some respect and is the only serious contender, the rest make the party look like a circus act with Trump,Palin, Bachmann as the brainless act.

    April 19, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. MiddleOfTheRoad

    The first candidate who stops whining and actually has a plan, might find some support. Look at it this way.........Disney has some characters who could get 2%. In fact, one of them already has 5%, according to the article.

    April 19, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  25. Bill from GA

    Maybe the the repug voters are more intelligent than I give them credit for.

    April 19, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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