Understands Problems of People Like You?
(among Republican primary voters)Yes NoRick Santorum 69% 20Newt Gingrich 60% 31Mitt Romney 55% 40Ron Paul 54% 34Republican primary voters have at least some confidence in each of the candidates to be aneffective commander-in-chief -- except Ron Paul. 38% are very confident in Gingrich’s ability tobe an effective commander-in-chief, the highest of any candidate.
Confidence in Ability to Be Commander-in-Chief
(among Republican primary voters)Very ` Somewhat Not too/not at allNewt Gingrich 38% 34 26Mitt Romney 29% 46 23Rick Santorum 24% 48 23Ron Paul 9% 22 60When asked which candidate quality is most important in deciding their support, Republicanprimary voters pick strong moral character (from a list of four qualities), followed by having theright experience, someone who can defeat President Obama, and being a true conservative.
Most Important Candidate Quality
(among Republican primary voters)Now 2/2012Strong moral character 34% 34%Right experience 24 22Can defeat Obama 19 19True conservative 18 22Voters looking for strong moral character or a true conservative back Santorum for thenomination, while those who value experience or electability are more likely to support Romney.
The Candidates on Health Care and the Economy
Mitt Romney has been attacked by his rivals for the Massachusetts health care plan he signedinto law as Governor. While most Republican primary voters (68%) are at least somewhatconfident that Romney would make the right decisions on health care, just 17% are veryconfident – the lowest among the four candidates. Women’s and men’s views on this measureare similar.
Confidence in Ability to Make Decisions on Health Care
(among Republican primary voters)Very ` Somewhat Not too/not at allRick Santorum 33% 46 17Newt Gingrich 28% 43 25Ron Paul 19% 35 37Mitt Romney 17% 51 31