Poll finds increasing dissatisfaction in GOP field
January 30th, 2012
04:01 PM ET
11 years ago

Poll finds increasing dissatisfaction in GOP field

(CNN) - Republicans evaluating the field of potential GOP presidential nominees are increasingly negative about the current slate of candidates, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center.

Fifty-two percent of Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters said the GOP field was "fair or poor," an eight percentage-point increase since the question was asked in early January.

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Likewise, the number of Republicans who had positive feelings about the candidates dropped. Forty-six percent rated the current field of four candidates "excellent or good," a drop from the 51% who had that response in January. The GOP field has undergone substantial change since then, with former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropping out of the contest.

Monday's poll from Pew, which was conducted in partnership with the Washington Post, is the first time since this election cycle the negative response from voters outweighed the positive. Pew began asking the question in May 2011.

When the same question was asked at this point in the nominating cycle in 2008, 68% of Republican and Republican-leaning voters rated the GOP field as "excellent or good."

The Pew poll also gauged voters' perceptions of how well candidates understood the problems of average Americans. Among Republicans, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich fared almost identically, with 61% saying Romney understood problems "very or fairly well" and 60% saying the same for Gingrich.

But among all voters, President Barack Obama had a higher rating for understanding voters' problems. Fifty-five percent of Republicans, Democrats and independents said he understood average Americans' problems "very or fairly well," compared to 39% for Romney and 36% for Gingrich.

The Pew Research Center poll was taken by phone Jan. 26-29. For the satisfaction portion, 341 Republican and Republican-leaning voters were polled and the sampling error was plus or minus 6.5 percentage points. For the understanding measurement, 1,006 adults were surveyed and the sampling error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Patriot Awesome

    They are indeed an embarrassment. Not only to the Republican party but to the nation as well.

    January 30, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    "Fair to poor" is being very generous. "Crappy to OMG" might be more apt

    The GOP needs to just say HELL NO to any more debates....or ads, or speaking engagements, or sound bites. They are good at saying NO to the country, they should be just as good at saying no to something that is evidently biting them in the tuches (or tukhus): personal appearances, and utterances.
    The more they talk, the quicker they dispel any doubts that you'd have to be a suicidal nutjob to vote for them.
    Shut up shutting up.

    January 30, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. BLKMANinAmerica

    WELL I would say it should be lower then that because of 1 good reason.....................the repuks 1. have not done anything other then obstruct, which means they've not even done that very well. 2. they (repuks) have no plan to get America on the "right road", I mean they just do not have a plan (known of them do). Why on earth should the American people continue to pay for services they do NOT receive from these repuks? This is all such good news for those who are working on their jobs everyday to do the right thing. 99.9% of the repuks in Congress are just plan TRIFLIN and are not worth the salt in their p*ss.

    January 30, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Larry in Houston

    Why do you think Ron Paul has got a lot of supporters ? It's because the rest of them are all nothing but worthless liars & they all pander to who's going to vote for me, it's like : "it's all about me" scenario. Too bad Ron Paul isn't going to make it. It seems to me that somebody should or could "tweak" Ron Paul's foreign policy, and a couple of other small issues, he could go all the way. But the bottom line is : Ron Paul needs a little tweaking, on a couple of issues, if he got the tweaking that he needed, I would vote for him. (And I've Never Voted for a Republican, Ever !)

    Larry in Houston

    January 30, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |

    The GOP field is extremely weak, which is bad for America in the long run. Ours is a society of real debate & talk. The lack of REAL conversation, and an alternative on the GOP side leaves a real debate void. Christie, Barbour, Daniels, & Huckabee, missed out big time.
    Obama 2012!!!!!

    January 30, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I loved that picture that CNN had of all four of the GOP candidates standing tall and solemn-looking with their hand over their heart pledging allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.
    Excepting Loony Ron Paul, whom in spite of the fact that I disagree with his some of his stances I truly believe loves this country and wishes to help it, looking at the others made me gag.
    Obama 2012.

    January 30, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. amber

    The Republican party is not standing behind the middle class, seniors, women, minorities, students, the military/vets or most everybody else for that matter. Yes, that makes a difference, GOP.

    January 30, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. diridi

    I a sick and tired, and fed up with GOP and all the republican idiots....o.k, Nation saw destruction because of these vultures.
    While other nations are progressing we are regressing....

    January 30, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Poll finds increasing dissatisfaction in GOP field◄
    That's because ALL of them were delivered without being sealed
    Their heads got BIG and all of them thought they "had it" in a bag
    Only to find out that ALL OF THEM are a bunch of “not fit for President” drags!!!

    Oh well, just stick with President Obama – Come over to Obama Country – Not to worry!!! Obama 2012

    January 30, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. walleye46

    There really isn't much to like in the GOP field.

    January 30, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. My name is Jose Jimenez

    What if they held an election and no one came? If this trend keeps increasing over the next several months, the Republicans may as well save their money and sit this one out until 2016. The coup de grace will be when the House also falls.

    It is so entertaining watching these pathetic excuses for viable candidates consume each other.

    January 30, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. rs

    ARE there any "good" Republicans left? It seems all we have are the ultra-radical, and the ultra-radical wannabes. Thoughtful economic Conservatism (with benign social consevatism) that once was Republicanism (think Eisenhower) seems quite dead. Too bad.

    January 30, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Larry L

    @Larry in Houston

    "Ron Paul needs a little tweaking, on a couple of issues"
    Tweaking? He's a freakin' anarchist! He's the Ralph Nader of the Republican Party – more honest than the others but about 10% of his ideas would destroy America. President Obama remains the advocate for the working people and the only real "adult" in our entire political process.

    January 30, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. walleye46

    You have Romney the Crook who hides his millions overseas. Ron Paul who blabbers on in Alzheimers mode. Sanatoreum who should be committed to one with his ideas about banning contraception. Finally the man on the moon Gingrich who wants to shrnk government while spending BILLIONS on a trip to the moon. I will stick with brains and logic and re-elect our current GREAT POTUS.

    January 30, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. gg

    looks like carl rove and friends have another puppet on a string

    January 30, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. GOP = Greed Over People

    No one should be surprised, after all this is the party that offered us Angle and the witch, what's her name, the perpetual candidate so she can pay her rent.

    But do keep saying it is a "polling problem" by all means.

    It must be true, after all, how could they lose with the GOP.offering the cream of the crop, a 1%er, a serial adulterer with ethics and anger management issues, a religious zealot and a 76 yo whose base is made up mainly of stoners.

    Not there is anything wrong with that!

    January 30, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. Patriot Awesome

    The only one they have that isn't a complete dirt bag is Ron Paul. The rest make me sick.

    January 30, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. Deep in the Heart of Texas

    The GOP is all about "party purity" over winning.

    In November 2012, the GOP will get to hoist the shrub's banner high, "Mission Accomplished"!

    January 30, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. rr

    I agree with the comments of all the bloggers. Tough to sugar coat trash and make it smell good.

    January 30, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. shoegazer

    A nation of the size of the U.S. and this is the best that the Republican can come up with? I'll retire to Bedlam. Methinks the Repubs are goung through the motions this time around,somewhat like they did in 08' when Shrub was leaving office,and will set their sights on 2016.Who will emerge then?
    Perry/Cain 2016........the dream ticket of comedians worldwide.

    January 30, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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