Conducted March 12, 2012
By Rasmussen Reports
*For ballot questions, the order of candidate names is rotated so that different survey respondents hear the candidate names in a different order.
1* If the 2012 Republican Primary for president were held today, would you vote for Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul?
2* If the 2012 Republican Primary for president were held today and you only had a choice between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, for whom would you vote?
3* Now I’m going to read you a short list of people in the news. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression.
4* Which Republican presidential candidate would be the strongest opponent against Barack Obama in the general election… Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul?
5* Regardless of who you want to win, who do you think will win the Republican presidential nomination?
Some other candidate
6* Suppose your favorite candidate does not win the nomination. When the general election is held, would you be most likely to vote for the Republican candidate, President Barack Obama or a third party candidate?
7* Now I’m going to read you a short list of names. In political terms, please tell me whether that person is very conservative, somewhat conservative, moderate, somewhat liberal or very liberal.
8* What’s more important - choosing a Republican nominee who does the best job representing Republican values or choosing a nominee that has the best chance to beat Barack Obama?
9* Are you certain you will vote for that candidate or is it possible that something come up that causes you to change your mind?
10* Many times, things come up that
make it impossible for someone to vote in the primaries. Are you certain that
you will vote in the
11* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as president…do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?
12* How would you rate the job Jerry Brown has been doing as governor…do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence