National Survey of 1,000 Likely GOP Primary Voters
Conducted January 23, 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 or Ron Paul?
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 or Ron Paul?
4* Which Republican presidential candidate would be the weakest opponent against Barack Obama in the general election…. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum or Ron Paul?
5* Regardless of who you want to win, who do you think will win the 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* In this primary election, is your vote primarily a vote for your favorite candidate or primarily a vote against one of the other candidates?
8* Which Republican candidate would do the best job managing the economy?
9* Which Republican candidate would do the best job on the issue of national security and defense?
10* Which Republican candidate would do the best job on social issues?
11* Which Republican candidate has the best personal character?
12* Is Newt Gingrich more ethical, less ethical or about as ethical as most politicians?
13* Is Mitt Romney more ethical, less ethical or about as ethical as most politicians?
14* Are you certain you will vote for that candidate or is it possible that something come up that causes you to change your mind?
15* Generally speaking, do you feel things in this country are going in the right direction or have they gotten off on the wrong track?
16* 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, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence