PUBLIC OPINION > Don't Give It to Mitt Romney Just Yet
News 2012/03/02 14:00:00
Just a month ago, it looked like Mitt Romney had the Republican primary in the bag. He was winning caucuses, tipping polls, convincing analysts... But on February 7, Rick Santorum started pulled some decisive wins in the midwest. Romney has since retaken the lead, but not by much. Santorum is only a few points behind, and Ron Paul still has his supporters. It's anyone's game -- Gingrich aside, perhaps -- and Shepard Smith wanted to know if it was time for the GOP to put down the boxing gloves and rally behind Romney. The results might surprise you.
Whether he's their best shot or not, most people don't think the GOP should put all of their eggs in his basket just yet. It wasn't a landslide defeat, but the comments were revealing. One read, "The republicans have forced us to accept this man with his expensive haircut and plastic smile. They know we'll have to vote for him because he's the lesser evil." Others pointed that Santorum could take the lead if Gingrich drops out. Suffice it to say, the battle is far from over.
Moderates for Mitt
Romney did win over one political demographic, but remarkably, it wasn't the conservative vote. In fact, conservatives didn't show much support at all (34%). Moderates, on the other hand, were in favor of him, which seems to lend credit to the suggestion that Romney is something of a "watered down Obama."
There was only a difference of about 4% between conservatives and liberals, but a much greater divide between atheists and Christians. Neither of them were anywhere near supporting him, but atheists were 20% less likely. And that's compared to an already meager 34% of Christians, incidentally the same percentage we saw for conservatives.
Mitt Misses Every Age Group
We thought maybe Mitt would find some solace in an age group or two, but no such luck. There was a little more support from the older voters, but even they were inconsistent at best. His strongest supporters by age were the 55-64 group (45%), but even the group just below that was 23% lower.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit Shepard Smith's original poll about Mitt Romney. We'd love to hear from you!
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