Poll: Republicans starting to tire of primary process
March 15th, 2012
10:49 AM ET
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Poll: Republicans starting to tire of primary process

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.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. dreamer96

    Democrats are tired too, first we laugh in amazement till our stomach hurts, at the wild things these GOP candidates actually say...then we are hit with a wave of "Shock and Awe", as we see them get votes from the GOP voters...

    It's is very strange indeed, like looking into the rabbit hole and feeling a little like Alice..Just where did all these characters and their wacky ideas come from anyway...

    March 15, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. GI Joe.

    But it has produced so many laughs ............................................

    March 15, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Logic N LA

    Both parties need to get rid of this nonsense of a dragged out process and forget about all the importance placed on the tiny states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Take all the delegates- divide them into thirds covering a cross section of the country and have 3 primary days-period! It would save us time, money and would make this a lot less miserable for us all.

    March 15, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    Not surprised, with fools like "Romney the Robot" and angry Santorum trying to take us Backwards 50 years.
    Gingrich is their icon for the GOP, arrogant has-been, all about the Past with no real plans for the future except destroying Obama..
    And the only plan Obama can come up with is raising taxes. Except that qualifies more as a lack of a plan than actual management of the nation's resources. Raising the debt ceiling isn't a plan either.

    Mitt Romney may not move like Jagger, but are we looking for the front man for a rock band or a capable experienced leader for our nation? Mitt is the best guy for running the federal government out of it's current state of disrepair and dysfunction. But don't despair. I heard Obama sing and he can carry a tune quite well!

    March 15, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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