Nearly one-third of Republicans, 30 percent, would rather see someone other than Mitt Romney get their party’s nomination, according a CNN/ORC poll released on Tuesday.
Female Republicans were more likely to support Romney, with only 18 percent of them preferring another nominee, compared to 40 percent of men.
Among Democrats, 17 percent would prefer to see the party’s nomination go to someone other than President Obama.
The numbers are not as dire for Romney as they may first appear. According to CNN, in August of 2008, 37 percent of Democrats expressed a preference for a nominee other than Obama, and more than 40 percent of Republicans said the same about Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
The poll, conducted on Aug. 22 and Aug. 23, is based on interviews with 924 registered voters, including 473 Republicans and 404 Democrats. The question about Romney has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points and the question about Obama has a margin of error of 5 percentage points.