Survey of 800 Likely Voters
August 6-7 and August 8-9, 2007

Candidate

Def. FOR

Def. AGAINST

Net

Obama 29% 35% -6
Clinton 33% 43% -10
Giuliani 26% 37% -11
Thompson 20% 33% -13
Edwards 20% 38% -18
McCain 16% 35% -19
Romney 16% 44% -28

The argument for Mitt Romney being the frontrunner is building. His successes in the early states are remarkable. However, he does have a problem. Is he actually electable in a general? A Rasmussen poll suggests that the answer is a clear no.

Rasmussen has a monthly poll measuring the size of the electorate who won’t vote for someone. You can see the summarized results to the right. Hillary is clearly still a polarizing figure, but Mitt Romney is too:

The Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 44% of Likely Voters would definitely vote against Romney if he’s on the ballot in 2008. That’s a point higher than the 43% who would definitely vote against Clinton.

The bad news for Romney is that that is the good news. Here’s the bad news:

In terms of partisan reaction, it’s interesting to note that 25% of Republicans say they would definitely vote against Romney while 22% of Democrats would vote against Edwards.

2004 was a squeaker. Bush won by the skin of his teeth, with something like 90% of Republicans behind him. If Romney is losing 1-in-4, he is in deep, deep trouble.

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10 Comments

blackrepublican · August 22, 2007 at 3:21 PM

Count me in as one of those Republicans who would not vote for Romney or would only do so after drinking heavily (j/k… kinda). I’d probably vote for a 3rd party or stay home altogether.

But then again I live in Massachusetts and considering how much damage Romney inflicted on the Republican party, my vote wouldn’t matter even less to the electoral outcome.

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Rasmussen poll: romney unelectable in general election; polarizing figure; 25% of republicans say they would definately vote against Romney…

As reported by eyeon08.com.
eyeon08.com quoting Rasmussen:
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UNCoRRELATED · August 22, 2007 at 3:31 PM

Creating an Electibility Problem…

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