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Poll: Conservatives embrace Romney
Politico ^ | 1/10/2012 | MJ LEE

Posted on 01/10/2012 5:34:36 AM PST by Happy Valley Dude

Mitt Romney is the only 2012 candidate whom a majority of Republicans — including conservatives — consider an “acceptable” GOP nominee for president, according to a Gallup Poll Tuesday.

In the new survey, 59 percent of all Republicans said Romney would be an acceptable presidential nominee for the Republican Party. Just 46 percent said the same for Newt Gingrich and 45 percent for Rick Santorum, who were trailed by Rick Perry at 37 percent, Ron Paul at 29 percent and Jon Huntsman at 21 percent.

Romney is also the only candidate whom the majority of both conservative and moderate/liberal Republicans say is an “acceptable” GOP nominee — 59 percent of conservatives said the former Massachusetts governor was an acceptable Republican presidential candidate and 59 percent of moderate/liberal Republicans said the same.

Since the same question was asked in a Nov. 28-Dec. 1 poll, Romney’s overall acceptability rose 5 percentage points, up to 59 percent from 54 percent. Rick Santorum’s acceptability saw a more significant surge, moving up from 27 percent to 45 percent. Meanwhile, Gingrich’s acceptability as a presidential nominee fell among Republicans, from 62 percent last month to 46 percent in the new survey.

No other candidate except Romney enjoyed majority support among moderate Republicans. For Newt Gingrich, 51 percent of conservative Republicans said the former House speaker would be an acceptable nominee for president, but just 36 percent of moderate Republicans said the same.

Fifty-percent of conservative Republicans said Rick Santorum would make an acceptable GOP nominee, while 35 percent of moderate/liberal Republicans said the same. Rick Perry was considered an acceptable nominee by 41 percent of conservative Republicans and 29 percent of moderate Republicans.

Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman were the only candidates who were found acceptable by a greater percentage of moderate Republicans than of conservative ones.

The Gallup Poll was conducted Jan. 5-8 among 479 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 6 percentage points.

© 2012 POLITICO LLC


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To: Happy Valley Dude

These numbers are about to change RADICALLY with the influx of Sheldon Adelson’s $$$. Can’t wait for the fireworks.


51 posted on 01/10/2012 6:29:26 AM PST by montag813
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To: bigdirty

I think I understand what you’re trying to say ... but I believe that you can explain that in a better way.


52 posted on 01/10/2012 6:30:57 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Le Chien Rouge
You might be blamed for not voting against Obama, but please don't complain about it for 4 years.
53 posted on 01/10/2012 6:34:55 AM PST by not2worry
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To: Happy Valley Dude

59%!??!!

You Lie!

Romney can’t get more than 25% of anything but you found a 59% collective desire for him?

Frickin clowns.


54 posted on 01/10/2012 6:37:52 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

55 posted on 01/10/2012 6:38:32 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: rhombus

No. I don’t care whether the Republican Party survives or not. I only care whether the Republic survives or not.

Let me ask you two questions:

Are the criticisms I’ve leveled at the GOP for the last few years legitimate criticisms?

If they had listened to me would it have been to their long-term benefit?


56 posted on 01/10/2012 6:39:14 AM PST by EternalVigilance (Romney is Obama.)
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To: montag813

I don’t think a pit boss is going to go over favorably with those of us who abhor gambling, prostitution and drugs which most casino owners need in order to have $$$ to donate.

Dirty money that expects a payback - MHO.


57 posted on 01/10/2012 6:39:57 AM PST by not2worry
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To: Diogenesis

Sohhhh...yer saying Mitt is really Moot? /s


58 posted on 01/10/2012 6:40:33 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Happy Valley Dude
Romney's major virtue has been “he can win”. It may be that his major Achilles' heel is Bain. If the PAC operating on the behalf of Newt exploits that angle successfully, it may be the undoing of “he can win”. It won't be the class warfare argument that drives Republican primary voters off Romney, but that voters will realize that when Obama follows the same path he WILL drive off the moderates and independents, and thus Romney will no longer be the one that can win. Look for the media to hit Santorum big now because Romney's major weakness is coming into the light now.
59 posted on 01/10/2012 6:41:43 AM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

GOP message translation: “We’ll show those uppity Tea Party usurpers whose in charge...”


60 posted on 01/10/2012 6:42:18 AM PST by TADSLOS (Gingrich-Santorum FTW!)
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To: EternalVigilance
Are the criticisms I’ve leveled at the GOP for the last few years legitimate criticisms? If they had listened to me would it have been to their long-term benefit?

What? Do I have a crystal ball like you? I don't think your presidential candidate from 2008 could have beat Obama but I concede I could be wrong?

61 posted on 01/10/2012 6:43:17 AM PST by rhombus
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To: Happy Valley Dude

So you are implying support for this chump?(that’s Romney for those in Rio Linda)


62 posted on 01/10/2012 6:43:21 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: rhombus
Isn't this the "long game"?

Only in the sense that I've been pretty sure that the completely compromised "leaders" of the Republican Party would continue to compromise all principle, sacrificing it on the altar of perceived political expediency.

Which doesn't change the fact that at any given point they have had the option of returning to fidelity to principle, and assuring the long-term survival of their party.

In other words, on my end, I've been playing a fair game with all my cards up on the table every step of the way.

Haven't I?

63 posted on 01/10/2012 6:45:32 AM PST by EternalVigilance (Romney is Obama.)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

I don’t believe this poll at all. No one I know who is a real conservative likes ANY of the candidates! This is pure BS!


64 posted on 01/10/2012 6:49:34 AM PST by Cricket24 (Proud to be a CONSERVATIVE WOMAN!!!!!!!)
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To: rhombus
I don't think your presidential candidate from 2008 could have beat Obama but I concede I could be wrong?

Indeed, how could he, when conservatives were busy supporting John Judas McCain?

How could anyone we could possibly run in 2012 conceivably win when conservatives have sold their souls to Mitt Romney?

You see, it's not up to me. It's up to the mass of conservatives. They're the key to the survival of this free republic. I'm just one guy.

65 posted on 01/10/2012 6:49:45 AM PST by EternalVigilance (Romney is Obama.)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

If the poll is true, it is not Romney’s “fault.” It is the fault of Conservatives who did not get our message out effectively enough.

To blame Romney is to curse the wind.


66 posted on 01/10/2012 6:50:56 AM PST by MindBender26 (Don't bother me with the small stuff. I'm too busy trying to save the Republic from Obamaism)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

Well I’m so glad Politico cleared that up. I had not realized that I had embraced Romney. I still thought I wanted to vote for Newt.


67 posted on 01/10/2012 6:54:19 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: EternalVigilance
It's up to the mass of conservatives.

Someone let all these clowns into the big tent. ;-)

68 posted on 01/10/2012 6:54:46 AM PST by rhombus
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To: rhombus

Yeah. And they made a bonfire out of the center poles.


69 posted on 01/10/2012 6:55:59 AM PST by EternalVigilance (Romney is Obama.)
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To: napscoordinator

I hope you are right - ABM -Anyone but Mitt!

I think Newt will pull ahead - I like both Santorum and Newt. Anyone but Romney ...


70 posted on 01/10/2012 6:56:33 AM PST by stonehouse01
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71 posted on 01/10/2012 6:56:59 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

The world according to Pollutico .... NOT!


72 posted on 01/10/2012 6:58:04 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Lady Lucky

No BOHICA ‘S allowed!


73 posted on 01/10/2012 6:58:11 AM PST by stonehouse01
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To: Happy Valley Dude

You forgot to put (Barf) after the post title


74 posted on 01/10/2012 7:02:53 AM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: Diogenesis

Ladies and Gentlemen, here he is Moot Romney!!

BTW, nice post!


75 posted on 01/10/2012 7:03:22 AM PST by Batman11 (Obama's poll numbers are so low the Kenyans are claiming he was born in the USA!)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

76 posted on 01/10/2012 7:03:22 AM PST by Yossarian ("All the charm of Nixon. All the competency of Carter." - SF Chronicle comment post on Obama)
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To: ilgipper

“This has been a disgraceful primary season where the voters have been thrown under the wheel of the DC RNC establishment bus.”

It’s been a disgraceful primary season because we have a bunch of deeply flawed lightweights running for the nomination.


77 posted on 01/10/2012 7:04:03 AM PST by riverdawg
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To: Happy Valley Dude
Survey Methods

Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Jan. 5-8, 2012, with a random sample of 479 Republican and Republican-leaning independents, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

I remain skeptical of telephone interviews. Notice it's not registered or likely voters.

It appears someone really, really wants to convince people that Romney really is acceptable to conservatives. Just like McCain.....

78 posted on 01/10/2012 7:04:05 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: yantis

Yes, like Conservatives accepted McCain....after the MSM and Dems via open primaries had chosen him for the Repub nominee.

A case of “Geez! I guess we got to go with him because we are stuck with him.”


79 posted on 01/10/2012 7:04:54 AM PST by OldArmy52 (Obaba, creator of the emerging Socialist-Fascist American Police State.)
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To: FourPeas
It appears someone really, really wants to convince people that Romney really is acceptable to conservatives. Just like McCain.....

Ya think?!

80 posted on 01/10/2012 7:07:14 AM PST by EternalVigilance (Romney is Obama.)
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To: SumProVita
How in the world do they DEFINE conservative?

I expect those polled defined themselves as conservative or otherwise. That's about the only way a group of several hundred, or a thousand or more in an opinion poll could be categorized as to political philosophy.

81 posted on 01/10/2012 7:07:37 AM PST by Will88
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To: Happy Valley Dude

Whomever is embracing Romney, it isn’t conservatives.


82 posted on 01/10/2012 7:07:50 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: montag813

Yeah maybe but why was Haley such a cheap date?I think she has to be getting more than 36K to sell out the party that put her there.


83 posted on 01/10/2012 7:08:12 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Happy Valley Dude

Total baloney.


84 posted on 01/10/2012 7:09:10 AM PST by Antoninus (Defeat Romney--Defeat Obama.)
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To: napscoordinator
Now how can the last ranked person be supported by conservatives?

I'll hazard a guess.

Perhaps it's just the messenger? The closer the publication or forum is to the Republican heiarchy the greater amount of BS? Scratch "Politico" from my reading list.

85 posted on 01/10/2012 7:09:39 AM PST by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

I am a conservative and I support Romney. Nothing unusual about this. I also support Santorum and would support Newt, even though I don’t like his baggage.


86 posted on 01/10/2012 7:11:23 AM PST by nolib1776
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To: AKA Elena
Stop using the polls as a gauge for ANYTHING, unless it is reflective of tens of thousands who really are legitimate voters!

It's very clear statistically that with a truly random poll, they can be quite accurate/valid with a quite small sample size.

The large polls, like the online Facebook, Twitter, AFA, Catholic's Online, Mark Levin, etc., etc., show a very different set of numbers.

All of the above "polls" are utterly worthless, because there is not even an attempt at a random sample, and have a self-selecting sample.

You really need to take a class on statistics. I continue to be utterly astounded at the complete lack of understanding of the basic concepts of polling around here. "Online" polls and "straw" polls couldn't possibly be more irrelevant.

Of course, you like the latter set of "polls" because they're much more likely to show what you want.

87 posted on 01/10/2012 7:12:46 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: Happy Valley Dude

Approval rating? What’s that? That’s so 20th Century. Here in the 2010’s, we have “acceptability ratings”. By the 20s that will be morphed into “doesn’t make me barf” ratings, which by the ‘30s will become “doesn’t drive me to homicidal rage to hear his name uttered” ratings.


88 posted on 01/10/2012 7:16:21 AM PST by Eleutheria5 (Diplomacy is war by other means.)
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To: nolib1776
I am a conservative and I support Romney. Nothing unusual about this.

Well, other than the fact that your statement is completely oxymoronic.

89 posted on 01/10/2012 7:17:54 AM PST by EternalVigilance (Romney is Obama.)
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To: Happy Valley Dude
I am a reluctant one.
You do realize that this is an anti-Romney community, right?
90 posted on 01/10/2012 7:25:52 AM PST by Timaeus (Willard Mitt Romney Delenda Est)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

Romney doesn’t have any realistic chance of winning. If he wins the nomination, it’s going to be ‘Bain layoffs’ every minute, every hour, until election day. 0bama will phone in a landslide.


91 posted on 01/10/2012 7:28:27 AM PST by Lou Budvis (Not Romney. Not Now. Not in November.)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

Bull. Not around here. Not in this conservative, Christian home. Not him. Not his unbelief. He supports homosexual marriage. Not this house. No way no how. I WILL NOT VOTE FOR THIS GUY, PERIOD!


92 posted on 01/10/2012 7:30:34 AM PST by RetiredArmy (The End of Days draws near. In this time, you should be drawing closer to the Lord Jesus Christ.)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

“Mitt Romney is the only 2012 candidate whom a majority of Republicans — including conservatives”

If true then there is no way that I am a Republican and I am beginning to question the meaning of the term “conservative.”


93 posted on 01/10/2012 7:31:30 AM PST by Grunthor (At least he is better than Obama! Is NOT a rallying cry!)
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To: Obadiah

Obadiah wrote:
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Why do I continually feel that the MSM (with the assistance of establishment Republicans) is trying to stampede us into a paticular nominee?

Bob Dole

John McCain

Mitt Romney (John McCain’s choice)
>>

************************************************************

That’s because THEY ARE. This is what they try to do every election cycle and it’s exasperating as hell.

I’m not convinced it’s going to work this time though. Contrary to conventional wisdom that Romney all but has the GOP nomination sewn up, I think this race is very much up in the air between Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich and I believe Romney’s support will begin to wither as we head into caucuses in more conservative primary states like South Carolina and Florida. Tea Party conservatives are too fired up this election to simply allow the state-run left-wing media and GOP establishment to pick our nominee. Expect the unexpected!


94 posted on 01/10/2012 7:33:07 AM PST by DestroyLiberalism
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To: kevinm13

I agree. It’s come to that time where we have to rally. Stop the infighting or we are stuck with 4 more years of Obama.


95 posted on 01/10/2012 7:37:15 AM PST by amutr22
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To: Happy Valley Dude

Gallup has been letting its liberal stripes show in several absurd polls they’ve released this week. I’m thinking they’re starting to do their part to pull out the stops for Obama. I don’t believe for a second that conservatives are rallying behind Romney, unlike many of our inside-the-beltway pseudo-”conservative” columnist/pundit counterparts.


96 posted on 01/10/2012 7:38:34 AM PST by DestroyLiberalism
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To: Happy Valley Dude

Gallup is a BS poll. No real conservatives embrace the liberal Romney. Polls come out for one reason. To try and influence people into voting one way or the other. Case in point is after Iowa when Willard Gekko “won” by 8 votes. Now remember this was in Iowa. More than half way across the country from SC. Willard Gekko had been losing to Gingrich by over 20 points in every poll taken in SC. All the sudden Willard Gekko “wins” Iowa and polls come out showing him now beating Gingrich by over 20 points in the very conservative state of South Carolina. In otherwords South Carolinians are mindless sheeple that automatically follow the lead of Iowa. Utter nonsense. The gallup poll and Rasmussen started showing the liberal Romney not only winning in SC, but destroying the competition. These polls want us to think all the sudden the people of SC have a love affair with a New England liberal and there is no reason to even have a primary. These damn snap polls that come out every day should be abolished. The lamestream media, and polls are part of the lamestream media, only exist to make their favorite candidate look good.

The establishment quacks want Romney. No one else.


97 posted on 01/10/2012 7:38:37 AM PST by NKP_Vet (creep.)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

Liberal conservatives support Romney. Likewise conservative liberals do the same.


98 posted on 01/10/2012 7:39:04 AM PST by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

Maybe thet only polled Utah.


99 posted on 01/10/2012 7:39:10 AM PST by Grunthor (At least he is better than Obama! Is NOT a rallying cry!)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

I’m right there with you. They will blame us for not towing the party line. i don’t care. Mittens is obana. We go down in flames with either of them. Might as well get it overkill with quickly.


100 posted on 01/10/2012 7:39:49 AM PST by cableguymn (Good thing I am a conservative. Otherwise I would have to support Mittens like Republicans do.)
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