Skip to comments.Romney, Santorum struggle to arouse consistent passion in their own voters, exit polls show
Posted on 03/19/2012 3:38:09 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney may lead in delegates and Rick Santorum might have momentum, but neither of the two leading Republican presidential candidates is having an easy time exciting even his own voters.
Out of a dozen states where voters in the GOP contest have been polled, most Romney voters have said they strongly favor him in just five of them. A majority of Santorum voters felt that committed to him only four times out of 11 states where he was on the ballot and voters were surveyed.
Each man is struggling to consistently spark the intensity that could separate him from the pack.
Consider that Arizona is the only state where Romney had a higher proportion of voters expressing strong feelings about him than his rivals did. And Santorum hasn't had that edge in any state yet, despite an animated campaign style and passion for hot-button social issues like contraception that have contrasted with Romney's stiffer, more analytic manner.
On average, 50 percent of Romney voters and 49 percent of Santorum's say they strongly favor their candidate, with the rest expressing reservations about their man or a greater dislike for his rivals, according to entrance and exit polls of voters in 12 states.
When it comes to winning fervent devotion from his own supporters, both men trail former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Those two GOP presidential campaigns are lagging but 58 percent of Gingrich's backers and 53 percent of Paul's, on average, say they strongly favor their candidate. Analysts say higher percentages of devoted supporters are common with candidates whose lesser backing leaves them with only the most committed followers...........
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I am not totally bullish on any of our choices this time. I wanted Paul Ryan to run.
I have said I will support the person who stands to wrest the nomination from Romney. It seems to be Sanrorum because it is too late for Newt in the primaries. Newt knows that too.
The best way to beat Romney would be in the primaries. But it seems as each primary comes and goes, Romney gets the most delegates. Pretty soon it will be too late for Santorum too.
The only way to get a brokered convention is to deny Romney as many delegates as possible. That was why I made that sloppy typed post.
I stick up for Rick because he is still standing with all the cards stacked against him. I don’t get upset if people don’t want him as the nominee. I just think at this point in time the hate wasted on attacking him is useless when it should be trained on Romney.
Lets face it, people are getting all emotional. Someone says something bad about Newt and the Newt folks get nasty. It goes both ways and we all get carried away at times. I am sure Newt and Rick are both nice people.
I think you are a nice people too!
Good, I am sure Santorum likes Newt. They are just in a contest at the moment. It doesn’t look good for either one of them, unfortunately.
Newt to address the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference..
Put Newt, Santorum and even Uncle Paul together and Mitt is still ahead:( this is truly the election year from hell
The VIDEO of Rick praising Newt has its own thread.
You know that isn’t going to happen, CW. There may be a Conservative uprising in the works..but it won’t be headed by Gingrich.
And rather than being a firewall, Newt is looking more like a spoiler.
There is plenty of nastiness on both sides. I try hard to be respectful, but it’s difficult at times (on two occasions I broke down and made sweater vest jokes). We all need to keep in mind that although we have differences of opinion they are trivial compared to the differences between our side and theirs. We also need to remember that although we disagree about some things that most of us are decent, well intentioned people.
I’m a big fan of Newt’s. The tidal wave in 94 was the first really big victory for conservatives after I had become interested in politics in the early 90s. I think that Newt dropping out now only helps Romney clinch. The only hope for conservatives is to deny Romney delegates, take it to the convention, and spill establishment blood (just a metaphor).
One think many Santorum supporters do not understand is the Gingrich supporters KNOW that Newt is the only true conservative and are very loyal to him. There are people in Texas looking forward to voting for Newt..they do not want to be disenfranchised. I doubt Perry or Norris want Newt out either.
I know. I get some mean old jabs at Newt too. I think it is more of a tit for tat thing. Nothing personal because we all share a desire to rid ourselves of the Communist In Chief.
I would vote for either in the primary and I will vote against Obama. I can’t handle his crap anymore.
The mute on mah TV is starting to fail.
Wow, an anti-Perry, shoot illegals at the border full-fledged troll is still around. Who’s your candidate, because whoever it is I am definitely voting against.
I know I find cheap shots difficult to resist when I feel as though I’ve been attacked.
I apologize if I’ve ever gotten out of line. You seem like a decent guy. In the end we’re all just trying to hang on to the freedom we have left.
Amen, I will promise to behave too....unless...Just kidding.
“IF Romney spent as much money blasting Rick Santorum with smear attacks as he did Newt...Rick would be polling in single digits..the man has slithered through the first half of this election with little vetting.”
Romney nor Obama have any fear WHATSOEVER of little Rooster Rick, hence they invest very little in even messing with him. Rick has already pretty much imploded on his own.
Now Newt—he was a danger to all sides, hence, going nuclear was in order.
Well, Rick asked for the field and now he’s got it. Even with Newt’s delegates, Rick is on the train to nowhere. How’s that workin’ out for ya’, in that free field you whined for?
If one looks at the South Carolina primary, that’s how an electorate is supposed to look- Fired UP. (I’m not sure about Georgia) And what about the turnout?
No other primary has mirrored that.
Look at Iowa, pre-adbombing & look at SC. If there hadn’t been a crush by the establishment RINOs; the pundits & the media, we- and esp the dems, would probably know now, that 0 is toast.
Do we want to win & get things *finally* straightened out in this country? Mitt is an outlier- a liberal who stuck an R after his name & no more.
A house divided against itself cannot stand. Newt has strong social conservative values that he has stood for, always, and articulated *strongly* well before any of the contraception kerfluffle ever came up. He is *steamed* about the war on Christianity *day one*. He is not “half a loaf”. (Do people know that story? It ends with getting nothing.) DOMA, Life, Christians ostracized and SILENCED- all of it. It wasn’t a “reaction” It is who he is & has always been.
We need to get our act together.
Thank you for this post, CW.
That was great---thank you, Marguerite! God love him. America, you are missing out on your best chance. WAKE UP!
Vote Newt Gingrich"
When Gingrich ignited the electorate in the debate before the SC vote, the energy was palpable. They’d seen how Mitt had campaigned with negative ads in Iowa and were fired-up to give Newt their nod with their vote.
Then Romney’s team saw they had to “kill” Newt with an overwhelming barrage of negative ads ($20Million in a 10 day blitz in FA alone) - lies and distortions. Yet Newt still came in 2nd and took a majority of districts (but none of the delegates because the FL GOP is not playing by the rules that say, they would give del proportionally, if they held their primary before March 1).
Then the MSM (inc Fox!) took over and started the beat-down followed by the black-out of Newt’s campaign. But through sheer ability and with a clearly articulated conservative message Newt has remained in the news, discussed by Obama and Axerold because he’s hitting them where they live.
This is on the same track as the 2008 Democratic Party primary.
“I have said I will support the person who stands to wrest the nomination from Romney. It seems to be Sanrorum because it is too late for Newt in the primaries. Newt knows that too.”
This is March and the Republican convention is August, five months away. The election is in November. It ain’t over until the balloon drop at convention’s end.
And Ronald Reagan’s poll numbers were around 30% in October, 1980, but he pulled ahead to win the Presidency.
It is Newt Gingrich the Democratic Party fears, just like with Sarah Palin. They know that Newt will change Washington, D.C., and the gravy train will end.
We should be choosing candidates who give the Democrats sleepless nights and nervous fits, not laugh out loud with hilarity like Santorum incites.
You do understand that Newt is past the point of winning the nomination, don’t you? He would have to win all the delegates in all the states left.
That is not going to happen.
From a friend on FB....
“I just heard during the newsbreak on the radio that a source from ABC news reported that Gingrich is leaving the race tomorrow. Has anyone heard anything?”
Any truth to this?
I know. And it just makes me sick. :-) But I am in to the end. When they get to Texas, I will be working hard for him.
He would have won the in person Texas straw poll if the Paultards hadn’t blown it out. They completely fried the text poll. I believe he will at least have a strong showing here & may win it outright.
:-) Stay cheerful & resolute!
You keep bringing this up. It does not apply to Santorum. get a grip and face reality.
All this just make you look desperate and nobody is listening.
One thing is going to happen for sure. Primaries are going to continue. Newt can’t win all the rest of the delegates and unfortunately Rick probably won’t win enough either.
Either Romney will win what he needs before the convention, or we will have a brokered convention and they will throw it to Romney using delegate hokey pokey.
Fantasy is nice, but is is wishful thinking.
Now if someone finds a tweet with Mitt doin’ a weiner or a bimbo shows up, give me a ping, that could change things.
How do you know he hasn’t? Are you the one checking the papers? Is his Dad still alive? Did you buy into this over the internetz?
Again, get a grip.
Drop the Santorum birtherism. And that is straight from Jim.
Thomas Sowell for President.
What a load of dung.
Perry’s approach to the problems you cited were best for Texas in his opinion.
Please proceed with the screed concerning Perry’s deeply insulting and gut-wrenching “Heartless” remark.
I’ve not heard anything remotely like that and I’m replying to you almost 12 hours later.
Marguerite, I'm not doubting your numbers but I'd love to have the name of the poll with that 18% number to inform people of this specific danger in beating Obama. Thanks in advance.
It’s from a Gallup poll, Sal.
Sorry, I don’t have the link, but you can google it.
It’s from a Gallup poll, Sal.
Sorry, I don’t have the link, but you can google it.