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CBS News poll on 2012 GOP Contenders, April 21, 2011
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CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES POLL For release: Thursday, April 21, 2011 7:00 am (EDT

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The Republicans: Many Possible Contenders are Unknown April 15-20, 2011 • • • With many months to go before the first presidential nominating contests, 56% of Republicans say there is no one they are excited about yet. Large percentages of voters overall, and even sizable percentages of Republican voters, have yet to form an opinion of many of the potential Republican presidential candidates. Half of Tea Party supporters think the movement has the right amount of influence on the Republican Party, but 44% say it has too little influence.

Views of Potential Republican Candidates At this very early stage in the 2012 presidential campaign, most Republicans aren’t especially excited about the candidates currently being discussed for the nomination. When asked if there is anyone they feel enthusiastic about for the nomination among the potential candidates, without mentioning any names, 56% say they feel that way about no one. 9% of Republicans volunteer that they feel enthusiastic about Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee is mentioned by 8%, followed by Donald Trump (7%), Newt Gingrich (5%), and Sarah Palin (4%). Any Potential Candidate You Feel Enthusiastic About? (Among Republican Voters) No one 56% Mitt Romney 9 Mike Huckabee 8 Donald Trump 7 Newt Gingrich 5 Sarah Palin 4 Former Governor and 2008 candidate Mike Huckabee receives the highest favorable rating from Republican voters (54%), followed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (51%), former Governor and 2008 candidate Mitt Romney (42%), and Newt Gingrich (42%). Republicans are split in their views of New York businessman Donald Trump: 35% view him favorably, while 32% have an unfavorable opinion of him. 33% are undecided or haven’t heard enough about him to have an opinion. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (21% favorable), who chairs the Tea Party Caucus in the House of Representatives, former Governor Tim Pawlenty (20%) and former Senator Rick Santorum (19%) get similar favorable ratings from Republicans (and low unfavorable ratings), but about three in four are undecided or don’t know enough about them.

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, and Jon Huntsman are the least well-known of the potential Republican candidates asked about in the poll. More than eight in 10 Republicans did not offer an opinion of Barbour or Daniels; that number was even higher (94%) for Huntsman. Views of Potential Republican Presidential Candidates (Among Republican Voters) Undecided/ Favorable Unfavorable Haven’t heard enough Mike Huckabee 54% 11 35 Sarah Palin 51% 26 23 Newt Gingrich 42% 20 37 Mitt Romney 42% 15 43 Donald Trump 35% 32 33 Michele Bachmann 21% 5 75 Tim Pawlenty 20% 3 78 Rick Santorum 19% 5 75 Haley Barbour 12% 3 85 Mitch Daniels 9% 3 88 Jon Huntsman 5% 1 94 Favorable ratings for some of these possible candidates are slightly higher among those who support the Tea Party movement (54% of whom identify as Republicans and 36% of whom are independents). Huckabee and Palin’s favorable ratings are higher, as are Bachmann’s. Bachmann does especially well among those Tea Party supporters who are Republicans, compared to those who call themselves independents. Views of Potential Republican Presidential Candidates (Among Voters who are Tea Party Supporters) Undecided/ Favorable Unfavorable Haven’t heard enough Mike Huckabee 61% 13 26 Sarah Palin 56% 24 21 Newt Gingrich 44% 20 35 Mitt Romney 41% 23 36 Donald Trump 32% 33 34 Michele Bachmann 27% 4 68 Rick Santorum 20% 6 74 Tim Pawlenty 24% 3 73 Haley Barbour 14% 4 82 Mitch Daniels 10% 7 83 Jon Huntsman 5% 6 89 Opinions of these potential candidates are different (and mostly more negative) among voters nationwide than among Republicans. Huckabee and Romney receive net positive ratings, but more than four in 10 don’t have an opinion of each. Gingrich, Palin and Trump are each viewed more unfavorably than favorably among voters overall. Pawlenty, who has launched a presidential exploratory committee, is viewed more positively than negatively, but nearly eight in 10 voters nationwide do not have an opinion of him. Large majorities are undecided or haven’t heard enough about the other possible candidates.

Views of Potential Republican Presidential Candidates (Among All Registered Voters) Favorable Unfavorable Undecided/Haven’t heard enough Mike Huckabee 32% 25 42 Mitt Romney 28% 24 47 Newt Gingrich 23% 37 39 Sarah Palin 26% 55 18 Donald Trump 25% 46 28 Tim Pawlenty 12% 8 79 Michele Bachmann 12% 13 75 Rick Santorum 10% 12 78 Haley Barbour 6% 7 85 Mitch Daniels 5% 6 88 Jon Huntsman 6% 5 89 Donald Trump has been publicly saying he is considering a run for the presidency. At this point, most registered voters nationwide (72%) do not think Donald Trump is a serious presidential candidate, including majorities of Republicans, Democrats and independents. Even though 37% of Republicans (and 38% of Tea Party supporters) think Trump is a serious candidate, more than half of each of these groups does not. Is Donald Trump A Serious Presidential Candidate? (Among All Registered Voters) All Reps Dems Inds Tea Party Supporters Yes 23% 37% 8% 27% 38% No 72 57 88 68 55 The Tea Party Movement and the Republican Party Just over half of Republicans say they are supporters of the Tea Party movement, about double the 24% of Americans overall who say the same. 19% of Tea Party supporters have been active supporters, either by donating money, attending a rally or both. The Tea Party has made its influence felt in last year’s elections and in the movement’s efforts to lower government spending. Just over half of Republicans think the Tea Party has the right amount of influence on their party, but some Republicans would like it to have more; 23% think it has too little influence. That figure rises to 44% among Tea Party supporters. Among Americans overall, 27% think the Tea Party has too much influence on the Republican Party. Tea Party Influence on Republican Party All Republicans Tea Party Supporters Too much 27% 9% 1% Too little 18 23 44 Right amount 32 53 50 Most Tea Party supporters think Congressional Republicans represent their values; 72% say they do so moderately or very well, while 26% say they do not represent them well.

How Well Do Congressional Republicans Represent Your Values? (Among Tea Party Supporters) Very well 9% Moderately well 63 Not too/not at all well 26 Views of Republicans are mixed on one assessment of their own party. 49% think the Republican party is united, while 47% think it is divided. Views of the Tea Party Overall views of the Tea Party are mixed, and 43% of Americans don’t have an opinion of the movement. That has not changed much in the past few months. The Tea Party is viewed more positively by Republicans; 59% of them have a favorable opinion, and just 10% are unfavorable. Views of Tea Party Movement All Republicans Favorable 26% 59% Not favorable 29 10 Undecided 21 17 Haven’t heard enough 22 14 Among Republicans, a Tea Party affiliation may provide some help to a candidate. 29% of Republicans say that if a candidate was part of the Tea Party movement, they would be more likely to support that candidate. However, far more, 59%, say that affiliation would not make a difference to them; just 7% said they would be less likely to support a Tea Party candidate. Among Americans overall, 26% say they would be less likely to support a candidate that was part of the Tea Party movement. The President’s Birthplace Recently some people have questioned whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States. In this poll, 25% say they think he was not born in the U.S., while 57% think he was, and 18% do not have an opinion. 45% of Republicans, and 45% of Tea Party supporters, think the President was born in another country. Was President Obama Born in U.S.? All Republicans Tea Party Supporters Yes 57% 33% 34% No 25 45 45 Don’t know 18 22 21 __________________________________________________________________________
This poll was conducted among a random sample of 1,224adults nationwide, interviewed by telephone April 15-20, 2011. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups is higher. An oversample of Republicans was also conducted for this poll, for a total of 543 interviews among this group. The results were then weighted in proportion to the average party distributions in previous 2011 CBS News and CBS News/New York Times Polls and in the random sample in this poll. The margin of error for Republicans is plus or minus four percentage points.

CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES POLL The Republicans: Many Possible Contenders are Unknown April 15-20, 2011 q1-q16 HELD FOR FUTURE RELEASE q17 Is your opinion of Michele Bachmann favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about Michele Bachmann yet to have an opinion? ** REGISTERED VOTERS ** *** Party ID *** Total Rep Dem Ind % % % % 12 21 8 9 13 5 17 16 11 12 5 16 64 63 70 59 0 0 0 0

Favorable Not favorable Undecided Haven't heard enough Refused

q18 Is your opinion of Haley Barbour favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about Haley Barbour yet to have an opinion? Favorable Not favorable Undecided Haven't heard enough Refused 6 7 15 70 2 12 3 13 72 0 2 11 11 77 0 5 8 21 63 3

q19 Is your opinion of Mitch Daniels favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about Mitch Daniels yet to have an opinion? Favorable Not favorable Undecided Haven't heard enough Refused 5 6 17 71 1 9 3 15 73 0 2 7 18 73 0 5 9 17 68 1

q20 Is your opinion of Newt Gingrich favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about Newt Gingrich yet to have an opinion? Apr07a % 16 43 21 20 0

Favorable Not favorable Undecided Haven't heard enough Refused

23 37 22 17 1

42 20 23 14 1

11 50 18 20 1

19 37 26 18 0

q21 Is your opinion of Mike Huckabee favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about Mike Huckabee yet to have an opinion? ** REGISTERED VOTERS ** *** Party ID *** Total Rep Dem Ind % % % % 32 54 15 31 25 11 36 27 25 19 30 26 17 16 19 16 1 0 0 0

Favorable Not favorable Undecided Haven't heard enough Refused

Feb08a % 24 34 16 26 0

q22 Is your opinion of Jon Huntsman favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about Jon Huntsman yet to have an opinion? Favorable Not favorable Undecided Haven't heard enough Refused 6 5 15 74 0 5 1 14 80 0 4 4 15 77 0 8 9 17 66 0

q23 Is your opinion of Sarah Palin favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about Sarah Palin yet to have an opinion? Jan11c 20 58 18 3 1

Favorable Not favorable Undecided Haven't heard enough Refused

26 55 16 2 1

51 26 22 1 0

8 81 7 4 0

24 54 19 2 1

q24 Is your opinion of Tim Pawlenty favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about Tim Pawlenty yet to have an opinion? Favorable Not favorable Undecided Haven't heard enough Refused 12 8 20 59 1 20 3 17 61 0 5 12 21 62 0 14 9 21 55 1

q25 Is your opinion of Mitt Romney favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about Mitt Romney yet to have an opinion?

Favorable Not favorable Undecided Haven't heard enough Refused

28 24 25 22 1

42 15 28 15 0

13 32 27 28 0

32 25 20 23 0

q26 Is your opinion of Rick Santorum favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about Rick Santorum yet to have an opinion? ** REGISTERED VOTERS ** *** Party ID *** Total Rep Dem Ind % % % % 10 19 4 8 12 5 15 13 20 22 17 22 58 53 63 56 0 1 1 1

Favorable Not favorable Undecided Haven't heard enough Refused

q27 Is your opinion of Donald Trump favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about Donald Trump yet to have an opinion?

Favorable Not favorable Undecided Haven't heard enough Refused

25 46 23 5 1

35 32 26 7 0

15 60 21 4 0

27 45 24 3 1

q28 Do you think of Donald Trump as a serious presidential candidate or don't you think of him that way? Serious candidate Not serious DK/NA 23 72 5 37 57 6 8 88 4 27 68 5

q29-q62 HELD FOR FUTURE RELEASE q63 Would you describe the Republican party today as united or divided? ** AMONG REPUBLICANS ** United Divided DK/NA 49 47 4 Apr08b 60 35 5

q64 Thinking about the candidates currently being discussed as potentially running for the Republican nomination for president, is there any candidate that you feel enthusiastic about, or not? (IF YES, ASK:) Who is that? ** AMONG REPUBLICAN VOTERS** % 56 9 8 7 5 4 2 8 1

No one Mitt Romney Mike Huckabee Donald Trump Newt Gingrich Sarah Palin Michele Bachmann Other DK/NA

q65 Is the Republican Party headed in the right direction or the wrong direction? ** AMONG REPUBLICANS ** 64 23 13

Right Wrong DK/NA

q66 Is your opinion of the Tea Party movement favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about the Tea Party movement yet to have an opinion? ** TOTAL RESPONDENTS ** *** Party ID *** Total Rep Dem Ind % % % % 26 59 8 21 29 10 51 24 21 17 20 23 22 14 18 30 2 0 3 2

Favorable Not favorable Undecided Haven't heard enough Refused

Feb11a % 18 25 19 36 2

q67 If a political candidate said he or she were part of the Tea Party movement would that make you more likely to support that candidate, less likely, or wouldn't that make a difference to you? Oct10e* 15 29 51 3 2

More likely 14 Less likely 26 No difference 53 Depends (vol.) 2 DK/NA 5 *trend is among Likely Voters

29 7 59 2 3

8 47 39 2 4

11 20 60 2 7

q68 Do you think the Tea Party movement has too much influence, too little influence, or the right amount of influence in the Republican Party? ** TOTAL RESPONDENTS ** *** Party ID *** Total Rep Dem Ind % % % % 27 9 45 25 18 23 15 18 32 53 20 29 23 15 20 28

Too much Too little Right amount DK/NA

q69 Do you consider yourself to be a supporter of the Tea Party movement, or not? Mar11c 28 64 8

Yes No DK/NA

24 66 10

52 37 11

7 87 6

22 67 11

q70 Have you supported the Tea Party movement either by donating money or attending a rally or meeting, have you done both, or have you done neither? ** AMONG TEA PARTY SUPPORTERS ** % 3 9 7 80 1 Apr10a % 2 13 5 78 2

Donated money Attended rally or meeting Both Neither DK/NA

q71 How well do Congressional Republicans represent your values very well, moderately well, not too well, or not well at all? Very well Moderately well Not too well Not at all well DK/NA 9 63 11 15 2

q72 According to the Constitution, American Presidents must be "natural born citizens." Some people say Barack Obama was NOT born in the United States, but was born in another country. Do YOU think Barack Obama was born in the United States, or do you think he was born in another country? ** TOTAL RESPONDENTS ** *** Party ID *** Total Rep Dem Ind % % % % 57 33 81 52 25 45 10 25 18 22 9 23

Born in U.S. Another country DK/NA

Apr10a % 58 20 22

Total Respondents Registered Voters Republican Voters Total Republicans Total Democrats Total Independents

UNWEIGHTED 1224 1116 524 543 277 404

WEIGHTED

291 309(25%) 409(33%) 506(41%)

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