“No Opinion” Is The Most Popular Choice Among The GOP’s 2012 Candidates

Obama may be in trouble in 2012, but Republicans are still searching for that candidate who can unite the party.

Washington (CNN) – As the Republican presidential primary race continues its slow march out of the gate, a new poll suggests likely GOP voters are significantly less satisfied with the potential field of contenders than they were four years ago.

Less than 50 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents give positive marks to the still-in-flux GOP presidential field, down markedly from 2008 when nearly two-thirds said they were happy with that cycle’s crop of candidates, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.

And in another sign no potential candidate has yet to register momentum within the party, only former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney scored in the double digits (16 percent) when likely Republican voters were asked who they would support in the primaries and caucuses. The answer “no opinion” by contrast was the response of 33 percent of respondents, while an additional 12 percent said flatly “no one.”

After “no opinion,” Mitt Romney and “no one” comes Donald Trump at 8%, and then Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin tied at 6%.

Putting a positive spin on it, you could say the race is wide open. Put I’m not sure how much of a positive spin you can put on this.

Rob Port

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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