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January 09, 2012

Many GOP voters lukewarm toward White House hopefuls

A lot of Republican voters aren't crazy about their presidential field.

A new Pew Research Center survey found 51 percent of GOP or GOP-leaning registered voters rated their candidates excellent or good. 44 percent said they were fair or poor.

Four years ago, there was more enthusiasm. In January 2008, 68 percent of Republicans and Republican leaners liked their field.

This year's survey was conducted Jan. 4-8. 1,507 adults were polled, including 549 Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney led, with 27 percent, followed by former Pennsylvania Sen.  Rick Santorum and and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, each with 16 percent. Texas Rep. Ron Paul has 12 percent.


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Romney can't seem to excite too many Republicans...this is a good thing...I'd like to see one of the real wing-nuts win the nomination...

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