GOP Voters Put A Bit More Faith in Candidate’s Private Sector Experience
58% of GOP Primary Voters See Tea Party As A Plus for Republicans in 2012
GOP Primary: Perry 29%, Romney 18%, Bachmann 13%
National Survey of
1,000 Likely GOP Primary Voters
Conducted August 15, 2011
By Rasmussen Reports
1* If the 2012 Republican Primary for President were held today would you vote for Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman or Thad McCotter?
2* Would every one of the Republican candidates make a better President than Barack Obama?
3* 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?
4* 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.
5* In terms of how you vote in the Republican Primary for President which is more important, a candidate who shares your views or a candidate who has a better chance of winning?
6* In terms of deciding how you will vote in the Republican Primary for President, how important is a candidate's experience in government?
7* In terms of deciding how you will vote in the Republican Primary for President, how important is a candidate's experience in the private sector?
8* Generally speaking, when thinking about election 2012, will the Tea Party help or hurt the Republican Party?
9* Do you consider yourself part of the Tea Party Movement?
10* Generally speaking, do you feel things in this country are going in the right direction or have they gotten off on the wrong track?
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?
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence