Romney Well-Positioned, Despite Voters' Attitudes About Mormons
A new Quinnipiac University poll out early Wednesday confirms that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is both the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination next year and his party's most viable candidate in the general election.
Fully one quarter of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say they would vote for Romney in the primary. The only other candidate to garner double-digit support is former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, with 15 percent. Businessman Herman Cain is third (9 percent), with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (8 percent) and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, (9 percent), close behind.
Romney runs closer than any other Republican matched against President Obama, trailing among registered voters, 47 percent to 41 percent. In an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday, Romney actually had a slight, three-point lead over Obama among registered voters.
Obama posts double-digit leads against Palin (53 percent to 36 percent), former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (48 percent to 34 percent) and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (48 percent to 36 percent).
Voters, however, are mixed on whether Obama deserves to be re-elected, with 46 percent saying he does deserve re-election and 48 percent saying he does not. That is down slightly from early May, when a narrow plurality of voters said he did deserve re-election in the wake of the death of Osama bin Laden.