Mitt Romney, the frontrunner in the Republican presidential race, is in strong shape with his party’s rank and file as the 2012 nomination race enters a more heated phase.
Among Republicans, 59 percent hold a favorable view of the former Massachusetts governor, according to a Bloomberg National Poll, while only 16 percent view him negatively. He’s also more popular than unpopular with independent voters by a 10 percentage point margin.
While the poll shows more than half of Republicans are dissatisfied with the current choices in the field, an overwhelming 85 percent want candidates seeking their support to focus almost entirely on economic issues, not social ones. (emphasis mine)Favorable/Unfavorable/Not sure: (Republicans)
Mitt Romney 59/16/25 (+43)
Michele Bachman 43/12/45 (+31)
Tim Pawlenty 29/11/60 (+18)
Newt Gingrich 45/31/24 (+14)
Sarah Palin ?/27/?
Jon Huntsman ?/?/71
NOTE: Results from Republicans were either missing or mixed into the story and not reflected in the crosstabs they supplied
Now, I'd like to mention some major economic and political figures and groups. For each, please tell me if your feelings are very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable. If you don’t know enough to answer, just say so - Among ALL voters.
Mitt Romney 37/31/32 (+6)
Michele Bachmann 26/25/49 (+1)
Newt Gingrich 25/51/24 (-26)
Sarah Palin 31/58/11 (-27)
Chris Christie 24/19/57 (+5)
Jon Huntsman 13/14/73 (-1)
Tim Pawlenty 18/20/62 (-2)
The Bloomberg poll of 1,000 adults, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points on the full sample, was conducted in the days following the New Hampshire debate. On findings involving only Republican responses, the margin of error is plus or minus 5.9 percentage points (Rep), plus or minus 3.1% (full sample). The poll was conducted June 17-20.
“Romney is threading the needle the way a seasoned candidate knows he must,” said J. Ann Selzer, president of Des Moines, Iowa-based Selzer & Co., which conducted the June 17-20 poll. “He’s saying enough of the things Republicans want to hear while holding the interest of independents.”The full story is HERE.
The crosstabs are HERE.
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