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Questions - National GOP Primary - March 15, 2012

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National Survey of 1,000 Likely GOP Primary Voters

Conducted March 15, 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.

 

Mitt Romney

Newt Gingrich

Ron Paul

Rick Santorum

 

4* Which Republican presidential candidate would be the strongest opponent against Barack Obama in the general election?

 

Romney

Santorum

Gingrich

Paul

Not sure

 

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

 

Romney

Santorum

Gingrich

Paul

Some Other Candidate

Not sure

 

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.

 

Mitt Romney

Rick Santorum

Ron Paul

Newt Gingrich

 

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* 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?

 

11* Generally speaking, do you feel things in this country are going in the right direction or have they gotten off on the wrong track?

 

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