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. Sniffit

    Looks like Matlin's fairy tale theater desperation pep-talk article from the other day is perhaps a bit off. As it was, it read like she was trying more to convince herself than her audience. The question must be asked: how many more potential GOP/Teatroll voters stay home in November the longer this drags on?

    March 15, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Dave

    Here is the REAL deal with the situation on Romney/ Ron Paul. Paul knows he doesnt have a snowballs chance in hell, therefore & he cares very much for his son Rand. That being said it is a slam dunk for him to make a deal with Mitt for delegates & in return go away with the promise that his son will have somewhat of a high ranking position in a Romney administration. Yes I definitely believe 100% that Ron P will do this to fast forward his sons political career.

    March 15, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Blame the poor pool of candidates and not the democratic election process.

    March 15, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am getting tired of the same old republican attack on the middle class, the poor, women, 160 million workers, the environment, seniors, college students, veterans, and the uninsured.

    March 15, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. roscoe

    I don't know if it is good for the party but it is good for America. After this freak show wraps up, I don't know how anyone who puts country first could vote for any of these guys.

    March 15, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. John

    It show how destructed the Republican party is. The GOP does not care about the American people. The GOP is focus only on one thing and that destroying President Obama. No matter what the cost to the country

    March 15, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Dave

    When a delegate or a party says that its the delegates decisions choice where the vote goes if a Candidate drops out, we all know that is not how the real backdoor dealing works. Romneys checkbook is very, very deep.

    March 15, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    While we are at it, it is time for Fox foreign owned media with a hint of Saudi, to start reporting reality and not the fantasies of the domestic terrorist, Hanoi Hannity.

    March 15, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Gale

    I don't think it is the canidates that are dragging this out, or the GOP, it is the media, with their constant hounding, taking sentences out of context, and giving their own slant of every word spoken. What ever happened to truthful and unbiased?

    March 15, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. cali girl

    I am having a great time just sitting here waiting for what any of them will say next. Robmey with planned parenthood, Santo with English only in Puerto Rico, and Grinchy with his gas promises.
    Keep it coming boys.

    March 15, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Woman In California

    Let these "unelectables" continue tearing each other apart as none of them will represent the United States in any position other than a page in the history books.

    Obama 2012 for continued sanity.

    March 15, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. diridi

    I do not know about them, but I am tired of their lies....and nonsense.

    March 15, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. Todd M

    I just don't understand why the GOP has insisted in turning this into an election on social issues. If they were smart enough to keep it squarely on government spending and Obamacare, they would be in a much more dominating position, but since they keep diggin up these arguments about womens health care, they are going to lose a lot of the soccer moms in the suburbs. Why do they keep shooting themselves in the foot? It makes me sick that moderate has become a dirty word and that they want to drive away a good portion of the middle that they need to win.

    March 15, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I have to admit that there is a little bit of fatigue when looking at this. I do have to admit that I like the mud slinging between the candidates.

    March 15, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. vic , nashville ,tn

    Look like Sarah Palin may lead tea party in 2012

    Santorum / Newt for white house
    Tea party members will run as third party for congress

    March 15, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Four and The Door

    Wire Palladin, S. F.
    I am getting tired of the same old republican attack on the middle class, the poor, women, 160 million workers, the environment, seniors, college students, veterans, and the uninsured.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________
    I think you are just blindly coughing back up David Axelrod's debunked Democratic talking points.

    Mitt Romney is proposing a 20% tax cut for ( and this is the key part, so pay attention ) every working American.
    Obama on the other hand has started throwing out hints of tax increases for ( and this is the key part, so pay attention ) every working American.

    Romney can get away with tax cuts by improving the economy and cutting spending waste. Obama has proven he is incapable on both fronts. His prime economic effort is always raising the debt ceiling.

    March 15, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Sorensen

    What do the geniusses in the GOP think the rest of the country is? Tired of them?
    This has been a display of incredible incompetance, total lack of vision and strategy and a series of disastrous
    personalities. And they want to run the country?
    Problem is, the GOP does not know who and what they are. And who is in charge.
    If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there.

    March 15, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. ST

    Myself I was tired from their very first debate. It showed no one was prepared. No one came with a concrete issue to sell to people. And to make even the matter worse, the Super PACS has contributed to make candidates not be taken credible and realistic.

    March 15, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Newt, Romney, Santorum in unison:
    " I pledge allegiance to the flag of the 1%ers in America. And to the Koch Brothers, with whom we stand, united in our plan to destroy liberties, and justice for all".
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    March 15, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. Mitt Romney Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    A brokered convention between Mannequin Mitt and Sanctimonous Santorum would be the best bet to get a GOP nominee!

    Glad to hear that Sarah Palin is willing to "throw her hat in the ring" to save the GOP/Tea Party!!!!

    March 15, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. ...a Kentucky long-rifleman...

    ....>>
    Yes, the teanut-gop circus will end its 'road trip' in Tampa...AND THEN THE BROKERED FUN WILL REALLY BEGIN !!
    .
    IN THIS CORNER, THE MAN THAT LIKES THE TREES TO BE 'just the right height', WILLARD MITTHOUSE ROMNEY !
    .
    IN THIS CORNER, THE MAN THAT THINKS THAT THERE IS A SATANIC ATTACK ON THE U.S., MR. SANITARIUM !
    .
    IN THIS CORNER, THE teanut FAVORITE, NEWT 'SILVER TONGUE' GINGRICH (but only a little RICH!) !
    .
    And in the 'twitter corner', awaiting a DRAFT CALL, SARAH DARLIN' !
    .
    Folks, IF THEY SOLD TICKETS FOR THIS TAMPA GATHERING, I WOULDN'T GO...
    ................ BUT I WILL WATCH TO SEE IF THE teanut MEMBERS DUPLICATE THEIR BEHAVIOR DURING THE DEBT CEILING CRISIS....................
    ..
    .. GOT YOUR PHOTO IDs ?
    .. GOT YOUR VOTER's REGISTRATION CARDs ?
    ..
    .. GOT YOUR VOTE READY TO RE-ELECT PRESIDENT BARAK H. OBAMA ?
    ...
    .. Well, here I am on my porch thinking about 2007-2008 when the CHENEY-ROVE-DUBYA COLLAPSE OCCURRED !!

    March 15, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. thomas mc

    I that by now, most Independents are so disgusted, they'll never vote Republican again!

    March 15, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. Mitt Romney Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    Ron Paul is a SELLOUT!...making a deal with Mannequin Mitt for his son Rand getting a high ranking position in a Mitt's admin for a trade off for his delegates!!!

    All you Ron Paul supporters has been suckered into believing that he is a true libertarian...he is just another Washington politician on Capital Hill trying to make a quick buck at the expense of the American Tax Payers !!!

    March 15, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. B

    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..

    March 15, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    This is what they get for adopting the moronic process that the Democrats used. Everything the Democrats touch turns to crapola so they should have known better. Fire the imbeciles that did this.

    March 15, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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