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Questions - National GOP Poll: Romney 29%, Santorum 21%, Gingrich 16% - January 4, 2012

GOP Voters View Romney As Strongest Obama Opponent, Paul the Weakest
National GOP Poll: Romney 29%, Santorum 21%, Gingrich 16%
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National Survey of 1,000 Likely GOP Primary Voters

Conducted January 4, 2012

By Rasmussen Reports

 

Please note that we split the survey to rotate the order of the candidate names, so while half will hear the sequences displayed below, the other half hears a different order.

 

1* If the 2012 Republican Primary for president were held today would you vote for Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich or Rick Perry?

 

Romney

Santorum

Paul

Huntsman

Gingrich

Perry
Some other candidate

 

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.

 

Mitt Romney

Newt Gingrich

Rick Perry

Ron Paul

Jon Huntsman

Rick Santorum

 

 

3* Which Republican presidential candidate would be the strongest opponent against Barack Obama in the general election….Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich or Rick Perry?

 

 

4* Which Republican presidential candidate would be the weakest opponent against Barack Obama in the general election…. Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich or Rick Perry?

 

 

5* Regardless of who you want to win, who do you think will win Republican presidential nomination?

 

 

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?

 

 

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence