Poll: Nearly three-quarters of Republicans see Romney as nominee
April 9th, 2012
06:02 PM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Nearly three-quarters of Republicans see Romney as nominee

(CNN) - A new poll released Monday shows further evidence that Republicans have circled around Mitt Romney as their party's presumptive nominee.

Seventy-four percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning voters nationwide believe the former Massachusetts governor will definitely become the candidate to go head-to-head against President Barack Obama this fall, according to a new survey by The Pew Research Center.

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The same poll indicates 21% say a candidate other than Romney will take the nomination, while six percent said they did not know or did not give an opinion.

Also notable, a plurality of Republican voters said the ongoing nomination process is damaging to the GOP, by a margin of 47% to 36%.

Democrats have jumped on board, as well, agreeing with the notion that Romney will march on ahead to the fall. According to the poll, 64% of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters consider Romney the inevitable nominee, while nearly as many (63%) see the primary fight as bad for the GOP.

State and national polls have long indicated that voters, even those who don't support Romney, assumed he would ultimately become the nominee.

In recent weeks, however, those sentiments have increased as Romney's delegate count experienced big boosts after wins in Illinois, Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia, as well as the U.S. territories.

Romney supporters argue their candidate will only benefit further from upcoming contests in the Democrat-heavy states of Connecticut, Delaware, New York and Rhode Island on April 24.

Meanwhile, Rick Santorum is banking on a win in his home state of Pennsylvania the same day, arguing a victory in the Keystone State will propel his campaign into May, a month plump with contests in what he calls more conservative states.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • Republicans
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Matt

    Its over Santo, time to step aside.

    April 9, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. Indy

    Well goodie goodie gumdrops ! Let the real debates begin,Mitt has had it pretty easy and looks worn out and tired so I can hardly wait for the real deal to start. It will fun to watch Romney when he can't spew outright lies without be corrected and fact checked

    April 9, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    If a moderate Romney did not flip flop to the right of the political spectrum, he would not have passed the GOP/Tea Party evangelical family values purity test on his way to becoming the nominee. Will the party faithful let him flip flop back to the political center to attact moderates and independents in November?

    April 9, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. Dave

    Ofcourse Mr Personality is the Nominee. He has a BILLION from the Koch Bros & Big oil & the Mormons 14 million members worldwide. President Bishop Romney. Man is that scary or what? If he wins does he put his hand on the tabby nackle church of the fake bible or The real CHRISTIAN Bible at The Oath?????

    April 9, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. Dave

    And, he will be a great President of the United States. He actually has a resume of experience and success in both the private and public sectors.

    April 9, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. Dave

    I Bishop Willard Romney, head Tabby Nackle of Boston do solemly swear, LORD HELP US if he is succesfull in Surpreesing the swing states of Fl, Ohio, Az, etc to CHEAT his way in to The Oval Office!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 9, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. Palin Power

    The GOP overwhelmingly see Sarah Palin as the real nominee, not Mittens. Sarah Palin is going to take the nomination away from Mittens in a contested brokered convention and she will easily beat Obozo in a major electoral landslide.

    April 9, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    With the Republican nomination winding down, Republicans and most Independents are rallying behind Mitt Romney as the guy to beat Obama. It's time for responsible management of our nation's federal government.

    Romney/ Paul 2012

    April 9, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. Patriot Awesome

    It's going to break the hearts of all these Romney supporters when he swings over to the left during the general election.

    I can't wait for the debates, Romney has flipped and flopped so much he won't be able to keep track of what position he supports and Obama is going to crush him.

    April 9, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Yet 65% of republicans wish that the Kochs and Rove had chosen someone other than the personhood flip flopper, the money launder, the job destroyer, the toady for Wall Street and big oil, and the chicken hawk, Mittens.

    April 9, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  11. Russ

    And 95% of those that think that don't like him, but will just have to settle for the fact that they have another loser to contend with.

    April 9, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Do all republicans support even more tax breaks for the wealthy under the Romney/Ryan Plan? Republican redistribution of wealth to those who least need it is "Social Darwinism."

    April 9, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  13. Just Say No to Flipper

    Yeah, but only one third said they'd vote for Rmoney.

    April 9, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. Patriot Awesome

    Go out there and win one for the Flipper!

    April 9, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. let's here it for The RomneyTron 2012 . . .

    leading the fight against women, gays, blacks, hispanics, intellectuals, jews, liberals, moderates, environmentalists, union members, young people, the elderly, the poor, the middle class (hey, did I leave anyone out?)

    April 9, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  16. Thomas

    Yet another attempt by the lame stream media to force Romney down our throats. if Romney was the overwhelming Republican choice he wouldn't struggle to get 35-40% of the vote. He should be getting 60-65% of the vote.

    The American people have been duped into believing he is the only choice to be made for the GOP. Give me 80 million to spend in negative ads and let me run for eight years, I'll have you sold as well.

    Romney suppresses voter turnout and is just another Obama in different skin.

    April 9, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    Three-quarters see Mittens as the nominee because the other candidates are looney-tunes. Pretty low bar, if you ask me.

    BTW all you Repubs, time to research and accept the truth about Mittens and all his "experience." According to Bill Bain, who started Bain & Company and invited Mittens to head Bain Capital, Mittens initially said no (it was too risky a venture for Mittens).

    So Bill Bain told Mittens that if Bain Capital failed, he'd have his old job back, at his old salary, plus any raises he would have gotten. Bain also told Mittens that he'd provide him with a "cover story" so his (Mittens') reputation wouldn't be damaged by the failure.

    In a nutshell, according to Bill Bain himself, Mittens faced "no professional or financial risk" by going to Bain Capital.

    So much for being some hot-shot business guy.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 9, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  18. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    Newt is still on the campaign trail shoving Callisa down everyones throat because that's all that comes out of his mouth, Callisa this and Callisa that. Newt needs to go home and take his 3rd wife with him, we're sick of both, they have a stinch about them.

    April 9, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  19. AllAmerican

    Interesting this "boost" of delegates Romney has, even though he does not have even HALF of the bound delegates needed to get to 1,144 at this point. The MSM has been pushing this "story" that Romney has the nomination tied up ever since the first couple of states voted. The fact that this primary continues on shows that there are still PLENTY of people in this country who do NOT want Romney to be the GOP nominee and aren't "buying" this agenda from the MSM. The fact that you all still have any viewers at all is beyond me. Journalists need to be held to a standard for reporting the TRUTH to the public, which would include the whole story on the delegate math. At least ABC did a report on that, stating that it would be AT LEAST end of April before any candidate could mathematically tie up the nomination, and that is not even taking into account the several states that are being contested. I still say this is far from over, but you all keep running off at the mouth about Romney, who conservatives KNOW YOU and OBAMA WANT to be the GOP nominee. It could not be any more obvious.

    When your children have nothing to eat, you can tell them of how you put a far left agenda above their future, so were complicit in the outcome of this important election that spiraled our country out of control to a point of no return. You will be sharing tremendously in the blame for who caused the downfall of America as we know it. You haven't seen anything like what will come with an Obama second term. Oh, and we know all about Obama "ordering a blackout" on the story about Sheriff Arpaio's investigation into the fraudulent birth certificate. Journalism is one of the most pathetic professions that exists.

    April 9, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |