Conducted January 16, 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, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul or Rick Perry?
2* 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.
3* Which Republican presidential candidate would be the strongest opponent against Barack Obama in the general election… Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul or Rick Perry?
4* Which Republican presidential candidate would be the weakest opponent against Barack Obama in the general election…. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul or Rick Perry?
5* Regardless of who you want to win, who do you think will win the Republican presidential nomination?
6* Generally speaking, is Mitt Romney’s track record in business primarily a reason to vote for him or vote against him?
7* Which Republican candidate would do the best job managing the economy?
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* How likely is it that the Republican nominee for president will win the general election in 2012?
8* Are you certain you will vote for that candidate or is it possible that something come up that causes you to change your mind?
9* 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
10* 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?
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence