By CHQ Staff | ConservativeHQ.com - 5/10/11
The votes are in, and Mitt Romney is out! While talking heads across the country are calling former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) the front-runner against President Obama, the base is simply not on board. A full 55 percent of conservative activists and Tea Partiers polled by Richard Viguerie’s ConservativeHQ.com responded that they, “would vote for a third-party or independent candidate” if Romney were the nominee.
Only 30 percent responded that they would vote for Romney, and while eight percent were still undecided, a further seven percent said that they would not vote at all.
Third-party candidates and other GOP hopefuls can take some hope from this, as an unsurprising zero percent said a Romney nomination could drive them to vote for President Obama.
The mainstream media generally tout former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as the leading Republican presidential contender against Obama in 2012. Some national polls support this contention; others do not. In his neighboring state of New Hampshire, where Romney also has a home, the Dartmouth College poll’s matchups show Romney as the only GOP candidate who leads President Obama in that state. (For more information, click here.)
Conservatives constitute the overwhelming majority of the Republican Party’s base, however. Romney, or any other Republican candidate, must first win the GOP primaries with the support of these conservatives. So far, things do not look good.
Conservative attitudes toward Romney and other candidates are an enormously important factor as the nation prepares for the 2012 presidential election. You can make sure conservatives are counted by voting in CHQ’s daily polls and by getting your conservative friends to vote as well. We will present the results of each match-up poll to thousands of print, broadcast and online media outlets, so your vote will count!