Pew Poll: Voters Say 'No Way' to Romney

Friday, 23 Mar 2012 12:07 PM

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“No” or “No way” was the most frequent response when voters were asked to come up with a one-word description of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The next most popular description was “rich,” according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and The Washington Post.

The poll found that “no/no way” was the response of 31 percent, followed by 30 percent who said “rich” and 19 percent who said “good.” Good was closely followed by Mormon, at 18 percent, moderate, 15 percent, and business, flip-flopper, idiot, and possibility, all which were mentioned by 11 percent.

When the same question was asked in December, 47 percent chose Mormon, 23 percent no or no way, and 19 percent flip-flopper.

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The poll, conducted March 15 to18 among 1,009 adults, found that 30 percent gave negative one-word descriptions of Romney, 14 percent positive, and 29 percent neutral.

The most common one-word description of GOP rival Rick Santorum was conservative, mentioned by 57 percent followed by no, at 24 percent. Some 15 percent chose the word “crazy.”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s top words were old, at 33 percent, no/no way at 32 percent and idiot by 21 percent. For Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, no and old were tied with 41 percent, followed by 21 percent who said “libertarian.”

Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, the candidates fare somewhat better. The top words among that group for Romney are “good” and “rich.” Republicans and GOP leaners describe Santorum as “conservative,” “good,” “OK” and “young.”

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