Wednesday, April 6, 2011

NBC/WSJ Poll: Mitt Romney the front-runner

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears to be the early front-runner in the largely unformed race for the Republican nomination for president, but real estate magnate Donald Trump may be a surprise contender, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

Among Republican primary voters, Mr. Romney captured the support of 21% in a broad, nine-candidate field. Mr. Trump was tied for second with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, with 17%. House Speaker Newt Gingrich got 11%, just ahead of former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s 10%. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, considered a strong contender by political handicappers, remains largely unknown, with just 6% support. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota had 5%, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum 3%, and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour with just 1%.
Results for the GOP Nomination:

Mitt Romney 21%
Mike Huckabee 17%
Donald Trump 17%
Newt Gingrich 11%
Sarah Palin 10%
Tim Pawlenty 6%
Michelle Bachman 5%
Rick Santorum 3%
Haley Barbour 1%

With only the following candidates:

Mitt Romney 40
Newt Gingrich 20
Tim Pawlenty 12
Michele Bachmann 11
Haley Barbour 3

The full NBC/WSJ poll -- which was conducted March 31 to April 4, 2011, and which has a margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points.
The full story is HERE.
The crosstabs are (pg 18) HERE.


Anonymous said...

That's What I'm Taking About!

Anonymous said...

I wonder if these new poll numbers coming out have anything to do with Romney's public appearances lately?

He should keep the appearances and public commenting up.


Anonymous said...

I can't wait until we hear "Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States, Mitt Romney."

ConMan said...

I think your going to see Romney begin to move ahead of the pack.

He has played his cards right. Now, as the time gets closer for candidates to declare their intentions, I expect Romney will be more visible and vocal.

Ann said...

More good news for Mitt.

Dave said...

The numbers that show Mitt at 40% with likely nonCandidates Palin, Huckabee, and Trump out of the picture are the most realistic.

Somebody will rise up and mount serious opposition at some point, and my guess is that it will be Pawlenty.

But I don't think he, or whoever, can stop Romney. Not this time.