Gallup Poll: Romney Emerging as GOP’s (Uneasily) Unifying Candidate
Despite the daily pounding he is getting from other candidates, by some conservative talk show hosts and his many gaffes, in the end former Massachusetts Gov Mitt Romney has emerged as the only candidate acceptable to GOP conservatives, moderates and liberals, a new Gallup Poll finds:
Mitt Romney is now the only candidate that a majority of conservative and moderate/liberal Republicans nationwide see as an “acceptable” GOP nominee for president. Conservative Republicans are more likely to say Romney would be an acceptable nominee than either Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum.
Fewer than half of conservative Republicans see Rick Perry, Ron Paul, or Jon Huntsman as acceptable nominees.
Romney’s broad acceptability across ideological lines is decidedly not the case for his competitors. Conservative Republicans view Gingrich, Santorum, and Perry as more acceptable than do moderate/liberal Republicans. On the other hand, moderate/liberal Republicans on average view Paul and Huntsman as more acceptable than conservatives.
Fifty-nine percent of all Republicans nationwide perceive that Romney is an acceptable GOP nominee for president, the only candidate with majority support on this measure. Slightly less than half say Gingrich (46%) or Santorum (45%) would be acceptable, while a majority of Republicans say that the three remaining candidates — Perry, Paul, and Huntsman — would be unacceptable as their party’s nominee.